TRACC are very keen on stopping environmental damage by education at the village level. If you can help our partner with teaching 85 children from age 5 to 15 we would like to hear from you. The teaching is Mon to Friday & you will live in the village; your weekend is spent with other volunteers working on turtles or coral reef conservation.
The children are technically illegal, they have no paperwork and are not able to go to government schools. With no education these children will grow up to be fishers exactly the same as their parents. With some education, especially the ability to speak English a greater range of employment opportunities exist. Your teaching skills will have reduced the number of people who need to bomb fish simply to survive.
The learning centre is run by an NGO on a beautiful island off the town of Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia. There are classrooms and a full time teacher but with 130 registered children and 80 plus regular attendees it is very hard for one person to educate a wide range of ages and abilities.
We are looking for 2-4 volunteers each month to teach english, maths, science and geography. Art and crafts are integrated into as many lessons as possible. The curriculum we follow is based on the needs for information so for science we teach subjects like cookery, hygiene, ropework, navigation, wind, waves and tides. We teach skills useful to the environment, for many of these subjects you as the teacher will need to learn but we have information, lesson plans and subject notes to help you.
You will need to read and write english,
Be able to swim,
Be adaptable to a new culture
All your costs for volunteering are used for your costs or to help the school buy materials. The cost options depend if you want to dive at the weekend or simply chill out and snorkel. Diving is more expensive because of all the equipment and the boat fuel:
Food, accommodation & teaching supplies