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What's It Like to Volunteer Abroad?
March 10, 2017
Some of our volunteers have masses of teaching experience in their home country and decide to volunteer abroad. Qualified teacher and nanny Victoria has been helping out in Spanish lessons since October. She shares her Tutorfair Foundation experience here.
Opportunity to Volunteer Abroad
Victoria took on the “great opportunity” of a placement at Pimlico Academy to help her understand the British education system. She enjoyed her first day as a volunteer abroad and jumped straight into helping students in the UK learning environment. Our partner schools are rewarding to work in whilst also providing challenges to stretch experienced volunteers. So for Victoria the unique experience of teaching in a London school have been a great source of professional development. Victoria says, “I think now I am more patient and I can manage with Spanish classes.”
Each day in one of our placement schools is different, presenting unique challenges and with them rewards. Victoria enjoys every session and finds she “always learn[s] something new.” Like many of our qualified volunteers, she relishes volunteering and sees it as a chance, “to give something special to society.”
Confidence through volunteering
Victoria benefited from her time in the classroom as much as the students did. Since working as a volunteer abroad, Victoria has had a confidence boost! She says “now I am ready to teach in the UK.” Some of the success of her volunteering experience was as a result of the training day run by the Tutorfair Foundation. Top teachers and tutors run these free skill sessions to equip new recruits. The free training days offer guidance for both classroom and small group teaching placements. Being trained helps to ensure a positive impact can be made in as little as 10 weeks so that every hour counts.
We asked Victoria for words of encouragement for those considering giving their time and joining the Tutorfair volunteer team. She told us, “I [have] actually [already] told many people it is a great opportunity for their life and careers!” Interested in teaching in a UK classroom? Get involved today!
You can book Spanish lessons with Victoria on Tutorfair.com