Trainer of English as a Second Language

Closing Date: 16 October 2023

Category: Education & Training

Trainer of English as a Second Language (TESOL) -  Instituto Católica Para a Formação de Professores (ICFP)

Change your scene and become a VSA Volunteer and share your experience, knowledge, and skills to transform the lives of many. Work with our partner organisation to create a fair future for all. 
VSA will organise and fund, flights, visas, insurance, accommodation, living allowance and utilities while on assignment. 

About volunteering with VSA 
VSA is New Zealand's largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development. We provide skilled Kiwi volunteers to support organisations in the Pacific and beyond through capacity building, both in country and virtually. 
Please note VSA Volunteers must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident. 

Our Partner Organisation - Instituto Católica Para a Formação de Professores (ICFP)

In 1999 the Marist Brothers decided to undertake a new missionary/outreach project. The circumstances of East Timor were in the news at the time, and they decided to send two Brothers to see if and how we could help the country. Education is the field of activity. A summary of the history/origins of institute are in Annex 1 and it gives a good idea of how the organisation grew from that beginning.

The overall goal of the project is to sustainably raise the quality of education provided in the schools of Timor-Leste through appropriate training of teachers and the introduction of new curriculum and teaching methods.

ICFP provides pre-service teacher formation to post-secondary Timorese. Our students are drawn from all districts of the country.

ICFP focuses on a student-centred learning approach to teaching in which
students are always treated with utmost respect.

The Country

Meet some of the kindest and most hospitable people; and experience the natural beauty of Timor-Leste's beaches, rivers, mountains and hills. 

The Assignment

In this assignment a VSA volunteer is required to build capacity and provide support to staff and teachers teaching English and also for staff to engage in online courses to improve their own English skills.

The Volunteer

Are you someone who wants to make a difference, have a sense of adventure and like the challenge of being outside your comfort zone?  VSA Volunteers are technical experts who impart their skills and knowledge to the local community. You will need to be flexible, adaptable, resourceful, resilient with a passion for Aotearoa and the wider Pacific community. 

We're looking for a Volunteer with the following: 
  • Qualification to teach English as a second language and to teach others to continue when volunteer returns to home country.
  • Qualified teacher
  • ESOL teaching experience, with non-English speakers
  • Teaching experience
  • Professional training in the use of English language as a medium of effective communication
  • Current registration and practicing certificate
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We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Full time Volunteering opportunity in Timor-Leste
  • Flights, accommodation and other expenses covered by VSA
  • Support teachers teaching English

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