The children you’ll be helping improve their conversational English are aged between 8 and 18, and they come from all over the country, mainly Government (State) Schools but also some private schools, and all walks of life. You will be surprised to find that the majority speaks English well, but they do need nudges in the right direction at times, and conversational language can always go better. You are not exactly supposed to teach Grammar or Literature, but should you wish so, you are fully entitled to take these into consideration when organizing your informal lessons. There is no right or wrong way to teach and we believe that each counselor or volunteer brings his or her own style and ideas. If you ever become stuck for ideas or just need a little support, the camp organisers are always there to help at any time about anything. There is a large comprehensive resources library available for you, and you will be closely guided to choose the right materials and equipment for the complete success of your work!
Teaching can be very relaxed, and the children respond very well in class. Simply by keeping them entertained as they learn can be very beneficial for them, and rewarding for you. They are not afraid to ask whatever question pops into their head once they’ve got to know you, which can often spark interesting debates.
Over the time of a single camp many volunteers are surprised how close they become to the children, and it is always a sad sight to see them go. It’s true that what you put in, you’ll get back. At these camps it’s a closely bonded unit, and feelings of safety and togetherness are common.
As far as lesson structure and what exactly goes on in the camp, you can find a timetable in the TIMETABLE section of this site. The activities reserved for afternoons and extra time are varied and depend on the volunteers we have. If you have any interests or hobbies that would transpose well as workshops then we would encourage you to lead the way in your specialist area.