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SUMMARY OVERVIEW

Teach English in Perth in Western Australia to refugee children in schools with Intensive English Centres (IECs). The IEC was established to give refugee children, who have just arrived in Australia through the United Nations Refugee programme, the opportunity to learn English and adapt to the Australian education system before going into mainstream school education.

You'll work as an assistant teacher in the school’s Intensive English Centre (IEC), which gives refugee children the opportunity to learn English and adapt to the Australian education system before going into mainstream education.

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. 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 working with children or teaching.

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PROJECT CONTENT

You'll work closely with the children in small groups, as an assistant teacher, to help them as much as possible. Class sizes vary between 10 and 15 children in each IEC class and you will be teaching children between the ages of 4 and 12. The lessons you'll teach generally last for 40 minutes and the school day runs from around 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Your working day will be around 4 to 5 hours of teaching and preparing for your lessons.

The schools employ a number of teachers to work in the IEC Centre who speak the children's native language and this helps tremendously when the children start to learn English. You'll also have the opportunity to work one-to-one with the children to really give them the attention they need. Many of the children's English is very poor, so this is where you can make a real difference.

As well as teaching English, you'll be able to get involved in a number of other subjects within the IEC Centre, such as:

  • 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

Linda Ann Williams (British):
"One of my most memorable moments was being able to devote individual attention to a pupil who usually struggled to complete all tasks set by the teacher in English lessons. As a result of my assistance, the pupil was able to succeed in taking tasks assigned in a lesson through to completion. It was an amazing feeling witnessing her obvious excitement at achieving this.

Signven Wong Sze Wan (Malaysian):
"I am gaining a huge sense of achievement from working with the children (range from 7 to 12yrs old) from different countries at the school to boost their confidence and understanding of English. I am enjoying learning about different types of animals in Australia and new perspectives, from the teacher at the school and the children. I am gaining valuable experience in working with children both one-on-one and story telling to the whole class.

Every child is so happy to get along with me. I always feel very welcomed at the school, by teachers and children alike. The children are awesome, they are nice, friendly and lovely!

Abby Le Main (British):
"I feel the most memorable part of the programme was seeing how happy the children were even though they were facing difficult times. The smallest things meant the world to them.

My biggest achievement was finding new strategies and techniques that I could apply to my own teaching when home. This will enable me to be a better teacher.

The experience I had was truly amazing. I learnt so much and was able to work alongside some truly inspirational and welcoming people. I felt that I was part of the class as soon as I stepped in, I couldn't have wished for better mentors. They taught me many teaching strategies and techniques that I intend to use, but most of all they taught me to enjoy the time with the children and to learn lots about the children's backgrounds and families."

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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