From North to South, all these tiny islands in the Maldives welcome with
open arms their volunteer English teachers! Whilst English is the country’s
second language, and is widely used in business, still there is much help needed
in the classroom with the subject. Many of the teachers working in the schools
are actually expats from India or Sri Lanka, and relatively fewer Maldivians,
who have not had an adequate amount of training.
Qualified teachers and teachers of TEFL and ESOL are very welcome to give a boost during the academic year, which runs from early January to November each year.
The focus is mainly on Primary grades, to give the children a firm foundation in the language, and can then progress more confidently from then on. The teaching methods are somewhat old fashioned in that the classes are rarely interactive, and children mainly learn by copying and memorizing! We’ve had some truly inspirational teaching volunteers over the last couple of years who brought such a buzz to the classrooms, and gave the existing teachers lots of new ideas to keep children’s interest and attention – thus adding an extra spark to the teachers’ work also!
Qualified teachers can expect to be given their own classes to teach, and most probably get involved with Teacher’s Professional Development and other workshops – once the islands have you there, you’ll find your talents put to good use!
Country : Maldives
We’d been in touch with Leslie for almost a year, and after several months emailing and working out the finer details and dates, we were delighted to finally welcome him!
Leslie’s 7 week placement was with the very lucky Meyna School on the island of Holhudhoo in the Northern Noonu Atoll. As we’d though, Leslie, known also as simply ‘Mr T’, was definitely worth waiting for and we’re sure all the teachers and pupils at the school felt the same way!
Ever the professional, Leslie went in with a ‘softly softly’ approach, observing classes, teachers and quietly seeing where he could put his expertise to good practice! Within a few day, he’d come up with a teaching plan, and had identified areas that needed additional teacher training.
“This was one of the most challenging and rewarding volunteer assignments I’ve ever experienced! The Meyna School management staff quickly realized the skills I was brining to the mentoring assignment, and the worked me very hard. Let me add… working hard is something I want to do when I volunteer! Not only was I able to provide over 60 teachers with hands on training in multiple instructional strategies that were new to them, I was able to help the Meyna School develop its first ever 5 year strategic development plan. One of the very best parts of my volunteer assignment was interacting with the students. Through my teaching classes, attending a variety of after school events, as well as just chatting with individual students, I was able to develop a rapport with the students that was very rewarding and fun. Teaching teenagers is a challenge that is really exciting. Every time I’d walk into the classroom, my challenge was to engage the students and teach them something new. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching the students and having fun with them. I would definitely recommend to anyone, their working with Volunteer Maldives for a volunteer placement! “