Teaching doesn’t have to mean lecturing a class as Projects Abroad offers new ways to volunteer

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While traditional teaching is valuable, leading volunteer organisation Projects Abroad’s options mean there are alternatives that are just as worthwhile.

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There is a great enthusiasm for English language theatre in Romania and it is an excellent way for children and young adults to improve their English language skills.

Standing up in front of a class of children in a foreign country can sound like a daunting prospect for many, and even many of those to whom the idea is appealing are wrongly put off thinking they require a TEFL qualification. However, Projects Abroad also offer projects in music, drama and IT to become involved in so there’s something for everyone.

If you have a passion for acting and amateur dramatics, leading acting workshops, coaching drama groups and helping students prepare a production for local performances in Romania could be a highly enjoyable experience. Using drama techniques as a tool for improving students’ English language skills, you share your knowledge and enthusiasm with young artists, while also being given the opportunity to explore theatrical practices abroad.

“Our drama projects are based in the ancient city of Brasov, where there is a growing theatre community but a lack of theatre education. There is a great enthusiasm for English language theatre in Romania and it is an excellent way for children and young adults to improve their English language skills,” say Projects Abroad UK.

For those who music to drama there are volunteer projects at an orphanage in Bolivia, where alongside a professional music teacher volunteers help children learn new skills and discover their musical abilities; something that often acts as a form of therapy.

“Bolivia is known for its rich musical culture, so if you have a love for music or play an instrument, then this project would be ideal for you. Whether you are on a gap year or career break, you can share your musical knowledge and learn about music abroad.”

The teaching projects are not restricted to the arts, however. There is an IT project in Sri Lanka where volunteers can help children eager to learn how to use computers develop essential skills. With computer literacy, Sri Lankan children find themselves in a position where they can benefit from all the world wide web has to offer.

“It’s a huge advantage to learn the basics of computer use and this is something which our volunteers can help with. By sharing their knowledge of IT with students and teachers alike, volunteers increase the prospects of each individual they help.”

Projects Abroad added: “Volunteers are needed to help teach very basic computer programmes like Word and Excel; however, if you are also able to develop databases and assist with any maintenance work, your help will be much appreciated. This IT Project is suited to volunteers of all abilities; you don't need to be a computer whiz to be helpful.”

Those who wish to teach English abroad on these kinds of projects are finding that innovative techniques are just as sought after as TEFL qualifications.

About Projects Abroad UK

Established in 1992, Projects Abroad is a leading organiser of volunteer projects, work experience and gap year placements. With a flexible approach and experienced in-country staff Projects Abroad has now helped over 50,000 volunteers achieve their goals by working with developing communities in over 25 destinations worldwide.

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