Save The Elephants Volunteer English Teacher Opening
Save the Elephants would like to take on a seasoned, dynamic individual for the position of English Teacher to hone STE’s researchers’ writing, report development and public speaking skills in order to uplift STE’s public relations and general communications. This 6 month to 1 year position requires skilful interpersonal relationships, cultural sensitivity and very strong written and spoken English in order to enhance English as a Second Language for technical staff based in the Samburu National Reserve.
Our mission: To secure a future for elephants and sustain the beauty and ecological integrity of the places they live, to promote man’s delight in their intelligence and the diversity of their world, and to develop a tolerant relationship between the two species.
STE works towards its mission through four programs: Research, Human-Elephant Conflict, Protection and Awareness. Many of our researchers and technical staff working directly on these programs based in Samburu have deep both cultural and scientific knowledge of elephants, and are able to recognise over 600 elephants on sight. They are the bedrock of our research work, and are the reason STE is able to publish numerous papers about the elephants of Samburu. Many describe these staff as high school educated with PhD minds. They are bright, passionate and are some of the longest serving employees of the organisation. Their work involves day to day elephant research, guiding resident interns and crucially documenting and presenting the work of STE both on paper and through giving talks.
In order for all the staff to be brought up to a higher standard, STE is looking to take on a qualified English teacher on a volunteer basis at our research camp in Samburu willing to enhance the written and spoken English of the team of six with varying levels of English competence.
STE is looking for a seasoned, well-spoken, highly motivated and independent professional who is able to tailor-make and implement an English curriculum that can:
- Accurately assess the level of English of each individual
- Craft lessons that would suit each and upgrade their level of spoken and written English
- Standardise the level of report and blog writing for all staff
- Seamlessly and consistently incorporate these lessons into their daily rigmarole
- Improve the confidence level of all the staff in terms of presentations
- Instil a reading, analytical and inquisitive culture in each person
These lessons should include (but not be limited to):
- Preparing coursework and assignments for classes
- Grading tests, essays and reports, and other writing assignments
- Holding one-on-one conferences with the students to keep them on track as necessary
- Providing progress reports to head office on how each student is doing, while requesting what materials they may require.
Reporting to the Awareness Programme Manager, the teacher will be based at the STE Samburu office where room and board will be provided to the teacher free of charge. Being a research facility, the teacher would go out to the field on occasion with the researchers to meet the elephants and pick up the examples and references necessary to make their lessons more relatable.
During down time, the teacher is encouraged to find ways to assist and uplift the children in the target schools our Education Program works with as the teacher to student ratio is woefully inadequate among other challenges.
Candidates for this role should have:
- Excellent written and spoken English
- 3-years’ experience (and continued interest) teaching English as a second language
- A degree of equivalent in teaching with a minimum of 7 years expedience
- Demonstrable instances of improving English skills of students over short periods of time
- Demonstrable abilities to balance spontaneity with structure
- A passion for wildlife and animals
Candidates should be able to show that they are:
- Comfortable speaking in front of groups
- Able to explain complex subjects in simple terms
- Grounded in a firm understanding of the elements of style
- Knowledgeable about punctuation — from the proper use of semicolons to word hyphenation
- Able to teach critical thinking skills while advancing students’ verbal and written communication abilities
All applications to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12th February, 2017. A stipend will be provided for the best suited candidate.
Why Save Elephants?
Elephants are Africa’s gardeners and landscape engineers, planting seeds and creating habitat wherever they roam.
Without urgent action to save their species, elephants could be gone from the wild within a single generation.
100,000 elephants in Africa were killed for their ivory in just three years between the years 2010 & 2012.