Primary teachers

Primary teachers are needed to play a critical role improving the quality and access of primary education in countries such as Ghana, Tanzania, Malawi, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nepal and South Sudan.

Placements involve developing the skills and confidence of teachers that have had very little formal training. You will be encouraging teachers to make the most of their resources, developing child-centred learning materials and enabling them to transform classrooms into vibrant learning environments. VSO has a long and successful history of placing teachers overseas and we'll be there to support you to make the most out of these rewarding opportunities.

We have a large number of 12-24 month placements available for teachers with at least 2 years experience. We're accepting applications for placements starting in September. Apply Now!

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Primary methodology trainer

Despite its abundant natural resources, Nigeria remains one of the poorest countries in the world and an estimated 48.5 million people live on less than $1 a day. It is recognised by government that education is a key factor in reducing poverty. As a primary teacher trainer, you’ll make a direct contribution to improving the quality and relevance of education that children in Nigeria receive. Based in Kwara teacher training college you’ll work with trainee and serving teachers to work towards a more practical and child-centred approach to training.

What you'll be doing

  • Identifying the training needs of teachers through class observations, providing feedback and organising relevant training
  • Working with staff at the college to develop teaching materials and assessments
  • Working with a cluster of schools to improve community participation in school management
  • Improving teaching practice for students in the college

What you'll need

You’ll have a degree level qualification as well as a teaching qualification such as a PGCE. You’ll need at least three years’ experience in classroom teaching and applying child centered, interactive teaching methodologies. Experience of managing a curriculum area or department and mentoring other teachers would be a great advantage. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential for this role as is a flexible and adaptable approach and a willingness to deal with the unexpected!

And the rest...

Nigeria is a vibrant and diverse country with a fantastic mix of cultures and languages. It was recently rated the happiest nation in the world, and our serving volunteers would certainly support this. The college is just outside the state capital of Ilorin, where there are plenty of amenities and the stunning Kanji Lake National Parks are not far away.

We’ll ask you to commit to 24 months to make a sustainable contribution to our development goals. In return, we’ll give you comprehensive financial, personal and professional support. We'll provide you with extensive training before your placement, and our support package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. When you return to your home country, we'll help you to resettle and many of our returned volunteers stay involved with us long after their placement ends.

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Jeremy White, education management advisor, Rwanda

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