International Teacher Training Programme
Our International Teacher Training Programme is a unique opportunity to mentor local Sierra Leonean teachers, improve education quality and make a difference to thousands of children's lives in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
join the street child international teacher training programme
Give a couple of weeks of your summer holiday to change the lives of thousands of children in Sierra Leone or Liberia
Our International Teacher Training Programme is a unique opportunity to mentor local teachers, improve education quality and make a difference to thousands of children in Sierra Leone and Liberia. It's challenging, rewarding and exciting. Get hands-on with education work, travel to some of the most remote parts of Sierra Leone and Liberia, and discover beautiful West Africa.
"Education is a human right with immense power to transform."
- Kofi Annan
What will you be doing
what will you be doing?
You will spend your two weeks mentoring teachers and helping to build confidence and teaching skills in the classroom and exchanging knowledge and experiences between teachers from around the world and Sierra Leone or Liberia. You will run workshops to further develop local teachers' skills. This rewarding experience will expand your skill base and your horizons; giving you the chance to creatively develop a curriculum in the most challenging of environments. What's more, you will have great stories to share with your class back home!
Explore West Africa and experience its finest beaches
On your trip you will stay in local communities and get to know the country and its famously welcoming people first-hand. You will be part of a group of teachers travelling together to explore West Africa. If you want to extend your trip, we can help organise a beach extension giving you an opportunity to relax on some of Sierra Leone's most beautiful palm-fringed beaches.
Street Child helps the poorest children in West Africa and Nepal to go to school. We are dedicated to empowering vulnerable children through education and have a special focus on girls’ education and education in emergencies. In some of the most remote areas of Sierra Leone children often miss out on the opportunity to gain even the most basic literacy and numeracy skills. Our rural schools work focuses on providing access to education for hundreds of children by building schools and training teachers.
As part of our International Teacher Training Programme, you will be mentoring teachers to help build confidence and teaching skills in the classroom, exchanging knowledge and experiences between teachers around the world and Sierra Leone or Liberia and gathering content and knowledge to use in your classroom back home.
Since 2010 Street Child has created access to education for over 17,000 children in rural communities across Sierra Leone and trained over 400 teachers. Joining Street Child on the International Teacher Training Programme is a chance for you to contribute and make a difference to this vital work.
How to get your school involved
What you need to know
As a Street Child International Volunteer you will be adding capacity and supporting our exceptional local partners whose dedicated work is making a significant and long-lasting impact.
Sustainability: Sustainability sits at the heart of everything we do. It is important that all our volunteers contribute in a useful and meaningful way.
Impact: Throughout their placements our volunteers should strive to be making the greatest impact and a long lasting legacy.
Responsibility: From practically preparing for a trip to carrying out work on the ground our volunteers are accountable for their own contribution and experience. Humility, collaboration and openness will allow you to get the most of your experience and to make the biggest impact.
HOW TO GET YOUR SCHOOL INVOLVED
Engage your school in supporting Street Child’s work!
Whether it’s a collection in class, a school-wide non-uniform day or an evening of entertainment for parents and staff, your hard work will help us provide teachers, classrooms and equipment for some of the most vulnerable, disadvantaged children in the world.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how you can get involved.
what you need to know
Our International Teacher Training Programme packages cost £170 per teacher, per week in Sierra Leone and £200 per teacher, per week in Liberia. This will cover basic accommodation, breakfast and lunch, all project-specific transport and airport transfers.
You will also need to cover your return flights, vaccinations (you must be covered for Yellow Fever and take Malaria tablets), evening meals, travel insurance, visa and additional spending money.
We also ask all volunteers to commit to a minimum fundraising target of £1,000. Our professional fundraising team will provide you with support and resources to help ensure you reach this target. We also actively encourage you to involve your school. To find out more about our schools fundraising programme, please click here!
Key Dates for 2017
Induction: Date in July (TBC)
You have the opportunity to travel with one of two groups of teachers:
Group 1:Depart - 10th April, Return - 21st/24th April (depending on beach extension)
Group 2: Depart - 28th July, Return - 11th/14th August (depending on beach extension)
Group 3: Depart - 11th August, Return - 25th/28th August (depending on beach extension)
If you have any questions on costs, fundraising or travel dates, please get in touch - we'd love to hear from you!
How to Apply