The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
To make the most of your time, if you are interested in volunteering as a primary teacher in a particular subject, please inform your Coordinator in advance. He/she can than arrange your participation in the classes.
After being introduced to the Korando Educational Centre staff, we recommend you spend the first few days observing in the class that you have selected. This will allow you to gain a better understanding of the current class structure and teaching style. It will also give you a chance to get to know your pupils, helping you to identify those who might need more assistance or who are more advanced. You will then have opportunity to work with the teacher on planning the appropriate lesson that you can teach together.
Working closely in partnership with the teacher gives you a chance to learn from them, while ensuring that any new ideas and interactive learning techniques you are able to introduce will continue to benefit classes after you leave.
You can make the most prominent and sustainable impact in the classroom by working alongside the teacher to create lessons which are engaging, interesting and fun. It will be up to you and them to decide how you will approach your classes. Expect a lack of structure and a very repetitive teaching style - come along with games, ideas and plans to teach the teacher, so that learning can be fun.
By volunteering as a teacher, you can help local teachers with classes, ensuring that pupils receive more personal attention and tutelage. By setting an example of English pronunciation and grammar every day, you will create an improvement in your pupils’ language skills.
You may be able to teach lessons in English, Maths, Science, and Social Studies. You won't be teaching the Kiswahili classes, obviously, but learning a few phrases can go a long way towards earning your students' respect.
Games are a fantastic way to teach children of all ages. Word games, like hangman, crossing words and puzzles are constant favorites, which also develop the children's spelling and concentration.
These games can be difficult when English is your second language, so providing words from a particular theme can help the kids along.
Most importantly, don't be afraid to use your imagination and initiative when teaching: the more exciting you can make classes, the more information your pupils will retain.