The Project

St Patrick’s College is a senior secondary school on the main island of South Tarawa, Kiribati. The school provides education for approximately 200 students and has requested a secondary school teacher to improve local capacity and confidence to teach in English.

Note: The monthly living allowance enables you to live a modest local lifestyle. Based on the cost of living in a particular country, it covers food, your daily commute, communication and other local costs. It is not set to enable you to meet financial commitments at home, such as a mortgage or a personal loan.  It will not cover the costs of eating out and other entertainment. Read more about what is covered in our FAQ. All applicants will be required to complete a Working with Children and Police Check.

The Location

St Patrick’s is located in Betio, the largest township of Kiribati’s capital, South Tarawa. Kiribati’s 2018 population census is approximately 118,360. 50,000 live on South Tarawa on an area of just 6.2 square miles.

With the Pacific Ocean to the south and the lagoon to the north, South Tarawa offers a base from which to explore the beauty, tranquillity and diverse marine and coral life of the outer islands.

The Challenge

Schools in Kiribati have done much to increase the qualification level of all teachers working across their schools. However, with English as the language of instruction for secondary schools in Kiribati there is still a need to continue building capacity in the teaching of English.  Many teachers who are proficient in English may relocate to find better paying jobs in government and the private sector. The shortage of English language teachers significantly impacts the quality of education across the country. As both staff and students have learned English as a second language, the level of language ability is varied and requires ongoing support and assistance.

To address the lack of English teachers and to improve the opportunities for students to have educational options beyond secondary school, St Patrick’s has approached Palms for an English teacher to provide support and assist with capacity building of teachers and students.

About You

St Patrick’s has requested a qualified teacher. Experience in teaching students with English as a second language is desired. Experience mentoring teachers or other adults will be beneficial. An enthusiasm and sensitivity for working in a different culture with limited resources and a need to be flexible is required. The volunteer must also demonstrate a willingness to engage their Australian community in promoting the work of the host organisation and their role.

How You Will Help

You will support the staff at St Patrick’s through:

  • Work with staff and students to encourage the use of English language in the school,
  • Work with teaching staff to build capacity in English teaching,
  • Model best practice in English teaching, and
  • Informally mentor staff in effective classroom discipline and to manage student engagement.

You will work alongside teachers and with students to help build capacity in English at St Patrick’s with the intended outcome of improved student standing in national exams. Through mentoring teachers and building enthusiasm for teaching in English, you will enable the school to continue to deliver quality education to future students.

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