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Information

What?

A school for approximately 1,700 children from KG to Year 10 divided bewteen two sites, one in Jima town, the other about 45km away in Agoro.

Where?

In Jima province, south-west Ethiopia, a fertile area.

Number of volunteers required?

Open.

Other requirements?

Volunteering in a school means being prepared to work within the institution’s rules and regulations. It is important the volunteer see her/himself as a role model for the young people in her/his care. Willingness to contribute to the school’s extra-academic curriculum (sports, art and crafts, music, dance , theatre, homework clubs and so forth) will be expected.

Benefits?

The chance to work in a well-established school, partly funded internatioanlly, that has experience of hosting volunteers for many years now. The chance to work alongside a dedicated staff and, perhaps, other international volunteers. Opportunities for travel within and outside Ethiopia in the school breaks. Accommodation will be found by the school, but volunteers will be expected to pay for it.

Minimum length of stay?

Preferably one academic year, from late August through to June.

Volunteer tasks?

Teaching, especially English; contributing to the school’s extra-academic programme.

Details?

The school is a joint venture between Ethiopians, including the late Mr. Elias Beyene, the long-time friend and colleague of Tsegaye Kassa (see Raselas School) and Canadians (including exiled Ethiopians) to provide quality education as a viable alternative to the often crowded and under-funded local government schools in Jima. It is staffed with a combination of locally recruited well-qualified teachers and volunteers.

Current volunteers?

None.

Former volunteers?

2010-2011:

Elisabetta Pellegrino (Italy; Pearson UWC 08-10) elisabetta.pellegrino@gmail.com

Anwen Bowers (UK; Pearson UWC 08-10) annie-wen@hotmail.co.uk

Aneke Mendarozqueta (Canada; Pearson UWC 08-10) aneked@gmail.com

2008-2009:

Maria Magnussen, Faeroe Islands, RCNUWC 06-08 (magnussen.maria@gmail.com)

Aske Nørby Bonde, Denmark, RCNUWC 06-08 (aske.noerby@gmail.com)

Blog: www.rcnuwcethiopia.blogspot.com

2004-2005:

Maris Skujevskis, Latvia, RCNUWC 2001-2003 (icelandhouse@gmail.com)