Action for Education is an independent, grassroots organisation founded in the UK and Greece in 2017. We develop and support projects that aim to remove the barriers to education for displaced communities. From early 2019, we’re launching a new Youth Centre project on Samos as an emergency response to the desperate condition of refugees on the island – a critical bottleneck on the road of flight to Europe.
AFE pursues two main goals with this project: first, we offer an essential safe space to the children and youth, in which they can rediscover a piece of childhood. Careful guidance in learning, playing and communal activities build resilience and develop peace-building mechanisms, an opportunity they are ill-afforded in the harsh, tense and frequently violent conditions in the camps. Second, we help students develop language and concentration as well as motor and cognitive skills through curricula of English, languages and projects, which also stimulate imagination and let students and participants explore their own interests old and new.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Providing support to children and adults in their development of the English language
- Helping to develop programmes of learning activities and adapting appropriate materials
- Provide social support including creating an environment to build the confidence, resilience and self-esteem of participants
- Motivating and encouraging pupils
- Attending regular planning meetings
- Facilitating the Youth Centre kitchen, working with a team of teenagers in cooking a meal and providing social support when needed
- Attending fortnightly trainings
- Reporting any child or adult protection concerns
- Remaining flexible based on the project needs
- Assisting in the start-up of a new project, including some manual work as we build our new centre
- Cleaning of the spaces twice a day along with the rest of the volunteer team
- Experience in teaching, ESL, social work, youth work, or project-based activities
- An awareness of migration issues and sensitivity to working with vulnerable communities
- You share our vision of a world in which everyone has equal chances to education.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Multi-tasker who performs well under pressure.
- Willing to give long hours in a variety of roles and tasks
Volunteers are responsible to covering transport costs to and from the island. Shared accommodation is provided in our volunteer flat, though we each contribute a small amount (€20) to shared apartment pot every week to cover some of the flat costs and to purchase communal food.
Please note that a minimum commitment of 6 weeks is required.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, please fill in the Expression of Interest form found at www.actionforeducation.co.uk/volunteer