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Hill Country Teaching Project

Make a difference in Hanguranketha by supporting underprivileged village kids and student monks.

Join our program as an English teacher, helping these students improve their language skills. In rural Sri Lanka, many lack access to proper English education. Your role will be crucial in teaching them with captivating methods to hold their attention and make learning enjoyable. Invest your time in shaping the future of these children and contributing to their bright prospects.

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Description

Program Description

Preschool Teaching

Your project is to work as an assistant teacher at the village preschool. This program helps children in the villages improve their English language skills. You will primarily be teaching English. You may be called upon to help teach drama and music as well. You will be able to  assist other teachers and may have to create teaching plans, etc.

Teaching Monks

This project will be based at a Buddhist temple in a rural area named Hanguranketha where young monks are preparing to propagate Buddhism throughout the world for which they need to learn English. The main goal is to improve the proficiency of spoken and written English among them. You will spend most of your time teaching monks to read and write in English.

The project was started with the intention of increasing proficiency in written and spoken English among Buddhist monks. Over time, we have noticed a vast improvement in the communication skills of the monks. The monks also really enjoy being a part of the program.

Village Kids

Under this program, you will be supporting the village kids who are eager to learn the English language and of course would love to be around you getting exposed to a different culture than theirs. Your main tasks throughout the program would be to teach them the English language, improve their communication skills in English and to build their personality and confidence.

These kids will join you to learn once they come back from their schools. So the typical working hours would be in the afternoon, approximately for 2 – 3 hours. The teaching program will take place at the village temple which is the most convenient place to gather the kids around the village.

Apart from teaching them English, you can also help them with their homework. You also have the freedom to come with various teaching skills and methods through which they can remember what they have learnt easily.

Add-on: +Learning

There is no +Learning add-on available for this program.

Aims & Objectives

The project aims to give children a good education in order to give them a better and secure future.

Schedule

Monday to Friday

You will be able to choose from three teaching projects depending on the availability at the time.

Preschool Teaching

Your project is to work as an assistant teacher at the village preschool. This program helps children in the villages improve their English language skills. You may be called upon to help teach drama and music as well. You would also assist other teachers and staff and may have to create teaching plans, etc.

Teaching Monks

Since the young Buddhist monks will be attending various functions during the daytime, you will be working at the project for approximately 2 hours per day from around 8.30 to 10.30. You will teach the monks to read and write English and improve their communication skills in English.

Village Kids

In this program, you will conduct classes for children in the village which take place in the afternoons. We focus on teaching English to the kids and encourage them to improve their skills in the language. Since this project will be carried out only for 2 to 3 hours in the afternoon, it is suggested that you combine this with another project, which takes place in the morning.

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every week.

During 2024

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

Maximum age:                –

Minimum English level:        Intermediate

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

The following are further necessary in order for both the participants, local staff and everyones involved to have a meaningful, enjoyable and safe community program.

  • Older participants or over 65 years are required to have a medical clearance as proof of their physical fitness as they may perform various activities.
  • Participants below 18 years old need a signed parental consent as proof of involvement of their children for the program. If possible, accompaniment by an adult is highly advised.
  • Genuine interests and passion with teaching children/students.

  • Since you are working with students with so much energy and different personalities, a decent level of energy and patience is required.
  • High level of efficiency, accuracy and responsibility and can work under pressure and is a team player.
  • Excellent time management and self – organizing and a strong desire to take on new challenges and learn as much as possible.
  • Recommended a COVID – 19 Vaccination, purchase travel insurance, medical and Covid – 19  insurance prior to your arrival.
  • Recommended vaccinations often include hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus and polio.

Additional Equipment

Teaching Materials:

There is no specific equipment required. But you are more than welcome to bring small supplies for the kids and help them to learn better such as games cards, coloring books, pencils, ball, musical instruments, worksheet, books/comics,cultural items and many more meaningful learning resources.

Dress Code:

  • Modest and Tidy clean clothes for temple visits if you have to visit during your spare time.
  • Wherever you go into a school premises or during your teaching placement, ladies MUST cover their shoulders and knees, and basically the more that is covered the better For men it is also best to cover as much as possible in a school premises.
  • Dress professionally since you will be working in a professional environment while teaching the children.
  • Clothing should be preferably white. Light colored clothing of a single color is also acceptable. You will not be allowed to wear footwear inside.
  • The locals do tend to dress more conservatively and the safest choice of clothes to bring is “smart casual” as a great compliment and a sign of respect for their culture.
  • Comfortable sandals are a must, and should be easy to take off as most Sri Lankans do not wear shoes indoors.

Personal belongings such as:

  • Bring Personal toiletries such as basic soap, shampoo, toothpaste and towels.
  • Bring a hat, sunglasses to protect from the heat of the sun if you have to take activities outside your program.
  • An environmentally friendly sunscreen or lotion is also advised to protect you from the heat of the sun and please carry with you preventive agents during outdoor activities, such as mosquito repellents for insect bites or other insects that may irritate your skin.Protective measures against mosquitoes, you might consider a net for your bed.
  • Medicines you may require and especially if you have to take specific medicines on a regular basis, bring them along. Also you can bring a simple first aid kit with yourself.
  • You might want to bring a prescription of Keflex, or another type of oral antibiotic that can help with stomach ailments.
  • Refillable water bottles and hydration packs to stay hydrated throughout the day particularly during class.