Monday, 23 April 2012 8:07 AM
Teaching is one of the most useful things you can do on a career break, as it not only allows those you are helping to learn something, but also gives you the opportunity to develop new skills. Most of all, it can make a real difference to the lives of the people you work with.
All across the world are developing nations that rely hugely on the contribution the tourism industry makes to their economy. English is one of the most widely spoken languages on the planet and having a good grasp of it provides people with a real opportunity to forge a career for themselves in the sector. This means that you teaching them the language can make a big difference to their lives.
So, where are the best places to teach while on a career break? Read on for our top tips.
This is a country that is incredibly popular with travellers, thousands of whom head here every year. As a result, English is one of the most valuable skills the locals can have.
You can teach it to primary school pupils and, if you have the relevant qualifications, you can also hold classes for secondary school and special needs students.
This is one of the most beautiful and intriguing countries in the world, home to large swathes of rainforest where indigenous tribes have lived for generations. The development of a new road through the Arajuno region has presented local people with new opportunities, and you can help them take full advantage of these.
As well as helping the local children get to grips with English – which could open career doors to them in the future – you will also assist them in learning arts, music and sport.
A century ago, Charles Darwin taught the world a new theory of evolution following several visits here and today you will find there are still plenty of opportunities to learn when you visit this unique environment. In order to give something back to this fascinating destination, you could teach the people who live here.
Through your volunteering, you will teach English along with other subjects and you'll also be encouraged to put your own specialities to good use. So, if you have a penchant for team sports, expect to be asked to arrange a few games for the children to participate in. As a result, you'll not only be arming kids with new knowledge, but also ensuring they have fun.
Teaching not only gives children new skills, but also helps them develop more confidence and self esteem – as you'll discover if you volunteer at a school in Cape Town.
Helping these kids develop their literacy abilities is an incredibly worthwhile job, encouraging them to become better readers and develop a passion for books.
It's not just academic skills that are worthwhile to have. Many of Uganda's children have disadvantaged lives and it is a sad truth that this is something that is unlikely to change with adulthood. The high numbers of orphans here means many of these kids lack the skills they need to gain a career in the future.
This is where you can help. By volunteering, you can put your own skills to good use. For instance, if you are an expert in carpentry or bricklaying, you can pass on this knowledge to the kids, enabling them to take their first steps towards a more prosperous future.