English Language Trainer

Closing Date: 09 November 2020

Location: Kiribati

Category: Education & Training

The Organisation
Established in 1967, The Marine Training Centre (MTC) in Kiribati is  the most important source of private sector employment for I-Kiribati, generating significant foreign exchange earnings. A government education institution that provides training to young I-Kiribati to become qualified seafarers, MTC has trained more than 5,000 young people since it's inception. Seafaring is recognised as the best overseas employment opportunity for I-Kiribati and the wages earned by MTC trainees has provided support to the extended families and communities of the seafarers.

The Assignment
As strong written and verbal communication skills in English are essential to gaining employment on foreign vessel, this assignment will play a key role in improving student's skills in this area. You will work alongside the Head of Deck Department  to improve the curriculum, analyse teaching methods and improve  student's English communication skills. Using the Common European Framework of Reference, you will also assess the current competencies of the existing teaching workforce, and develop their capabilities in assessment, monitoring and lesson planning. Finally, you will also work with teachers to produce new resource materials and run workshops designed to upskill staff on resource utilisation.

We are looking for a volunteer with:
  • Experience in teaching English as a second language
  • Experience in mentoring and professional development of staff
  • Experience in assessment and moderation processes
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word
 
 
VSA volunteers receive a living allowance and accommodation, insurance, and medical costs are provided. Travel arrangements are organised and funded by VSA along with other costs.

VSA’s response to COVID-19
  
Although we have temporarily put our deployment of volunteers on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainties both within New Zealand and across the wider Pacific, we’re continuing to recruit and build our talent pool of prospective volunteers so we can return to supporting our partner organisations and communities in the wider Pacific as soon as we can.
  
The Volunteer Recruitment team is continuing to work through all our current applications and keep in touch with applicants.

Recruitment will continue although our usual processes will be amended where necessary to ensure social distancing requirements are maintained, such as a greater emphasis on carrying out interviews remotely.
  
Meanwhile, Programme Managers are working with partner organisations and on updating assignment descriptions. This work will help us determine which skills and experience our volunteers will need once we begin to redeploy people in the Pacific.

VSA covers flights, accommodation, insurance and some expenses. A living allowance is also provided.