Practice conversational skills – pronunciation, vocabulary, idioms, sentence structure and the like. Choose assignments in public elementary and secondary schools, or with young adults in technical or trades schools. Each year, more and more classrooms are requesting volunteers as important student resources. As a native English speaker, you don’t need any formal teaching experience. You use the standard curriculum texts and established lesson plans, and at other times your lessons will become more free-form. For example, you may discuss North American culture, including discussions on history, daily lifestyle, sports, and school systems with your students. All contribute to mutual international respect and unity!
“Each day has been a bit like unwrapping a surprising package. After lunch, before we knew it, we were surrounded by students eager to talk, listen and help us with our visitor’s map. We let them circle anything of interest as long as they talked to us. Needless to say, we now have a map with lots of museums, churches and parks circled.”
“We all arrived in Portugal with our dreams of helping to wage peace with another culture through mutual communication, interaction, and respect. I truly believe our dreams came true during our two weeks in Beja.”
“I especially enjoyed seeing the growth in the students’ confidence throughout the two weeks. We had the freedom to do what we thought was best, within the conversational English guidelines. It was the perfect opportunity to use my skills as a teacher!”
“How quickly I became attached to our students. I don’t remember their names but I do remember who plays the piano, who likes to read Harry Potter and who is the mother of a 2-year-old son. What will they remember about us? Perhaps they’ll remember the storytelling, the performances, silly games and dances, or a photo of a cake-baking granddaughter, because they, too, bake cakes.”