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volunteer in education

Assisting with teaching, extra lessons for struggling students and education with our local teaching staff. Help us improve the general education standards in Rubuguri.

Duration: Minimum 1 month

Schedule:
Generally 5 days per week 08:30 – 16:00

Primary Role:
Teaching assistant – Teach along side our local teachers, working together to uplift the education standards in Rubuguri.
Other Roles:
Literacy classes in the community library
Extra lessons for struggling students.

Extra Curricular:
– Cultural
– Learn the local language, dances and arts &crafts.
– Community Clean-ups – Lead by example – join the community group to do village clean-ups.
Rubuguri sports club – Get involved the the sports and athletes club!

Volunteering in education could be one of the most rewarding forms of volunteering there is. It gives you a chance to really get in touch with some of these amazing young students, have a long lasting impact on their lives and mould their minds for all of their future endeavours. Spending time at the school and assisting with education is a commitment! You grow a strong bond with the students here and it is always difficult to leave. Education volunteers are required to volunteer for a minimum of 1 month, allowing time for your commitment to these students to have the positive impact that it should.

The School

 

 

Volunteering in the education field, you will work primarily at Hope Community Primary School. A small private school in Rubuguri, started up by a local teacher and supported by Footsteps Through Africa. This is a very small, basic school with limited infrastructure. It was started up with the intention of providing kids in the community with good quality education for a low cost. The School of Hope caters for students in the community who cannot afford schooling at the government schools in the area. Students attending school here are asked to pay whatever they can afford, even if this means the schooling is given for free – putting the well being of the children first.

 

While volunteering here, you will spend the majority of your time assisting the local teachers at the school as well as further educating them on different teaching methods. You will also have the opportunity to spend some time working at the close by government school, a much larger school, with an average of 90 students per teacher! Giving you the chance to see and learn about the general standard of education at this type of facility. In addition to that, you are able to host reading classes and extra lessons in our community library, where many students and community members will attend.
As a volunteer with Footsteps Through Africa, you will work hand in hand with the community to make our projects as successful and impactful as possible and help us to reach our goals.

Volunteer Roles:

typical day:

 

While volunteering here, you will spend the majority of your time assisting the local teachers at the school as well as further educating them on different teaching methods. You will also have the opportunity to spend some time working at the close by government school, a much larger school, with an average of 90 students per teacher! Giving you the chance to see and learn about the general standard of education at this type of facility. In addition to that, you are able to host reading classes and extra lessons in our community library, where many students and community members will attend.
As a volunteer with Footsteps Through Africa, you will work hand in hand with the community to make our projects as successful and impactful as possible and help us to reach our goals.

 

 

Combine you programme – Although you are volunteering in the education field, you are more than welcome to spend time at any one of our other projects in the area. If you feel like you need a break from the school, you can go to do some agriculture, guiding or maintenance at the community centre, play a game of soccer with the kids, or go on one of the many hikes in the surrounding area to free your mind.
MARKET DAY – Friday’s are ‘market day’ in Rubuguri, when people from DRCongo, Rwanda and surrounding villages all come to Rubuguri to set up temporary shops, selling anything from food to clothes, kitchen supplies, arts and crafts or even goats and pigs. We encourage all of our volunteers to get involved in the market day to get to know a bit more about the way of life here.

additional info

A Typical Day Itinerary:

This is a daily schedule for a common combination of Education and Community volunteers.

07:00: Light breakfast of fruits, cereal and chapatti at the camp.
07:30: Short walk to the school  (±20minutes).
08:00: Assist with breakfast for the students
08:30: Begin class
10:30 – 11:00: tea break at school
13:30 – 14:15: Lunch break. Join the rest of the teachers for lunch at school, or return to Karungi Camp for lunch with the rest of the volunteers.
END OF SCHOOL DAY (if combining 2 volunteer programmes)
14:30 – 17:00::Time at the community centre/ doing community centre duties (see ‘community programme’)
17:00: If it is a day where you hosting  reading classes or extra lessons, you will head across to the library and prepare, alternatively this is the end of day and you can head back to Karungi or go exploring 🙂
19:30: Dinner.

After dinner, the rest of the day is yours. All volunteers are required to fill out a daily logbook, explaining how you spent your day, progress made and general feedback. As long as that has been done, you are welcome to go across to the local village bar for a game of pool and a drink and make some friends from the community.