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SUMMARY OVERVIEW

Work with refugee children in two aspects of their learning: Coaching sports combined with teaching. You'll work in Primary Schools in Perth. The majority of schools are Intensive English Centres, where you'll coach refugee children, helping them to adjust to their new home country.

Many of the children come from war-torn countries such as Sudan and Somalia.

Price:
Please see the Prices Page. Prices for all projects are listed and you can choose which currency you'd like to see them in. Prices exclude flights.
Duration:
From 4 weeks to 6 months, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates:
All year round, subject to school holidays - you choose your start and finish dates. Programs begin every Thursday, therefore you should plan to arrive in Perth on a Thursday. Inductions take place on the Friday, you then have the weekend free to explore Perth, ready to start working at the Project on Monday.
Requirements:
Minimum age 18, no qualifications necessary. You should have a very good knowledge of sports, and if you're teaching English, you must be fluent in English.
What's included:
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Payment Protection insurance
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Personalised online project portal where you'll access all information your programme, health & safety and country advice.
  • Your own dedicated Project Co-ordinator to help you throughout the pre-departure process
  • Accommodation
  • Full safety, support and back up from our local in country team.
  • Project orientation & induction on your arrival.
  • 24-hr emergency support.
What's not included: Flights, Travel Insurance, Cost of Visas, Pick-up from and return to the airport (but we can arrange this for you), daily transport to and from your project, food.
Who can do this Programme?
All projects are open to all nationalities. Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in sports, working with children or teaching.

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PROJECT CONTENT

Your day will usually be made up of a mixture of teaching in class plus the chance to coach children a sport or a number of sports during PE lessons. As the sports lessons won't fill up your time-table, you'll help out with other lessons, too, such as English and helping with reading and writing. The sports that you can usually coach are Football and Cricket.

Coaching takes place in the day time during school hours, to children in Primary schools. The ages range from 5 to 10 years-old. The children at the school are young and sport is part time and to a “playground” standard only. These primary schools are IEC (Intensive English Centers) schools and take refugee children from countries such as Afghanistan, Sudan and Somalia. However, the combination of teaching and coaching will give you great diversity on the project.

When you are working on sports, you will be working as an assistant to the sports teacher during school hours.

The sports are generally coached by season, but if you wanted to coach a sport that was not in season, or if you wanted to introduce a new sport to the children, the school would welcome it as long as it was of benefit to the children.

Different sports have different seasons and the main sports are as follows:

  • February - April: Swimming, Tennis, Cricket, Athletics
  • May - July: Rugby Union & League, Football (soccer) , Hockey, Netball, Australian football
  • August – October: Football, Netball. AFL
  • October - December: Athletics, Cricket, Cross Country & Football.

TEACHING

You won't be involved in sports all the time, as the school may assign you to whichever activities are needed most by the children at the time of your project. There is only a modest amount of sports coaching availablel in the schools, so you must be prepared to get involved in all aspects of school work as well, thus you will do a lot of classroom teaching.

Regarding your normal teaching lessons, as well as teaching English, you get involved with teaching a number of other subjects with the children from the IEC centre. The subjects that may be available for you to teach are:

  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Maths / Science
  • Sports
  • And possibly other academic subjects

SCHOOL TERM TIMES AND PROJECT DATES:

2018

  • Term 1 Wednesday 31 January - Friday 13 April
  • Term 2 Monday 30 April - Friday 29 June
  • Term 3 Monday 16 July - Friday 21 September
  • Term 4 Monday 8 October - Thursday 13 December

If you choose to do Teaching at the primary schools in Perth during Term 4 (Oct- Dec), your project may be disrupted for 2 weeks due to school swimming lessons.

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ACCOMMODATION

Your accommodation is located in the CBD (Central Business District) of Perth, Western Australia. Therefore you are very central, close to the main train station and shopping district. You'll live in a centrally located lodge that is friendly and relaxing, making it ideal for long term stays. You'll most likely have your own room, but will share a bathroom with others on your floor. There is an excellent kitchen and storage area for cooking meals and plenty of space to relax.

Wi-Fi / Internet: There is an Internet Lounge in the accommodation with lots of facilities:
* Computers with web cams and headsets (3 in total at time of writing)
* 24hr self-service Wi-Fi /internet ($1 for 10min - $10 for 6 hrs.’)
* Free Library area with books
* FREE Netflix, Stan, Pandora and Youtube on Smart TV.

Entertainment at the Lodge currently includes a pool table, cheap internet access, arcade machines and cable TV (Foxtel), to name a few, but with all the sunshine Perth has, you’ll be out and about enjoying the many outdoor activities! You are literally a stroll from the Swan River and free CBD transport. Trains and buses are also only a few minutes away to take you to Fremantle, King’s Park or to the many other things to do in the region!

The city centre is packed with great shopping, restaurants and pubs or you can head over to Northbridge for more pubs, nightclubs and multicultural cuisine. You'll get to work via bus, which stops outside your accommodation.

FOOD:

Food is not included in this project so you should budget for meals. We feel that a good guide would be a weekly budget of around AUD$80-100.

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REVIEWS

Sarah Rhodes (British):
"I am gaining an insight into different coaching and training styles in Australia, the school system and socio-cultural issues with immigrants in Australia.

The best thing about the placement so far has been starting an athletics club at the school for the talented kids whose parents can't afford the time or money to get them to a track. The children really appreciate the opportunity to develop their sporting ability.

I would definitely recommend this placement. It would suit someone who takes a pro-active approach to work, it is true that the more you put in the more you get out.

MORE INFORMATION

Perth was built on the banks of the magnificent Swan River over 150 years ago and is now a city rich in culture and filled with theatres, art galleries and museums. The city is modern and vibrant - a fun, friendly and 'laid back' place, with clear skies and a sunny climate.

Western Australia is locally known as the 'state of excitement!' Some of its more famous attractions include Kings Park, Scarborough Beach, Fremantle and the Swan River. Fremantle (or as the local’s call it, ‘Freo’) is the city’s port and is rich in history.

weekends there are lots of markets, alfresco style cafes and other outdoor types of entertainment to explore and discover.

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