Teaching Fellowship Grant

For One World Teaching Fellowship

For One World, a US-based nonprofit organization, seeks a motivated individual to commit to a year-long Teaching Fellowship at the Ayi Owen International School in Techiman, Ghana, West Africa. This is an excellent opportunity to gain in-depth experience teaching in English at an innovative school in a developing country.
You will be provided with a shared apartment on the school compound and paid a typical local teacher’s salary. In return, you are expected to teach a middle school class, run trainings for your fellow Ghanaian teachers, and support the overall operations of the school. The American founder and his Ghanaian wife have developed the school over the past ten years to emphasize Western teaching techniques (interactive instruction, hands-on projects, and interdisciplinary lessons) to prepare students to excel on the traditional Ghanaian standardized tests. You will have many opportunities to meet Chiefs and high-ranking members of local governments as well as explore the local culture, music, religions and markets.  While your involvement with the school is the first priority, you are welcome to pursue additional projects with a broader impact as well as make short trips to visit many of the exciting destinations throughout Ghana.

Responsibilities:
· Teach a middle school class of 20 Ghanaian students (in English)

· Perform in-service trainings for fellow teachers at upper and lower school campuses

· Organize extracurricular activities (reading club, soccer club, etc.)

· Support the school founders in curriculum development and strategic planning

· Help with orientation for American college-aged summer interns

· Maintain involvement with For One World upon return to home country

· Attend a two (2)- week training with the headmaster prior to start of classes

· Provide training and help develop local teaching staff
Qualifications/Requirements:
· Undergraduate degree or higher, concentration in education (preferred)

· Commit to one year (12 months) of service beginning August 2011

· Willingness to live in developing-country conditions

· Teaching or tutoring experience required

· International or multi-cultural work/volunteer experience (preferred)

· Capacity building or training experience (preferred)

· Math and science-oriented skills (preferred)

· Organized, flexible multi-tasker

· Self-starter and motivated individual
Compensation:
· Local teacher’s salary for the 12 months of your stay (approx. $150/month, paid in local currency, fluctuates with the exchange rate)

· Room provided in a shared apartment without AC on a compound with the school’s founders and 15-20 students (approx. $1,500 value)

· Can live off campus but no additional pay or compensation

· $1000 towards roundtrip airfare to Accra, Ghana

 

· Additional costs incurred might include but are not limited to: vaccinations, Ghanaian visa application, laundry service (a few dollars a week), food from the market (a few dollars a day),water and gas, travel within Ghana, etc. Electricity not covered

· Volunteers are encouraged to seek outside stipends/scholarships/donations to further support their work.
About Ayi Owen International School:
· Over 365 enrolled students (50% boys/girls) and 20 teachers

· Grades K – 9 (ages 2-15) in 18 classrooms plus labs, library, office, etc.

· Supplemental funding from the local nonprofit, the Techiman Learning Resource Center

 

Ayi Owen International School compared to local educational landscape
Ayi Owen International School:
· 20 to 1 student/teacher ratio;
· Basic computer lab with 10 computers;
· School library;
· Basic science program;
· Cultural arts/drama/music program;
· Physical education (PE) program;
· International teachers and donors;
· High graduation rate and successful completion of university; and
· New multi-acre school site recently opened in September 2007.
Educational situation in surrounding area:
· 60 to 1 student/teacher ratio;
· Very few use computers as learning tools;
· Virtually no school libraries;
· Extracurricular programs are limited/nonexistent;
· Few cultural arts, drama, and music programs;
· Very few physical education programs;
· Prepare students for no better than random guessing      on standardized tests; and
· Rarely use effective, modern teaching techniques.

About the program hosts, Bill and Ayi Owen:
· Bill Owen holds a Ph. D. in Educational Administration, speaks Twi and was formerly a consultant to USAID.

· Ayisatu Owen is both the parent-teacher liaison and manager of the schools activities. She is Ghanaian, and speaks 10 local languages.
About For One World:
http://www.foroneworld.org/
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=101533405607
· Registered US nonprofit organization that promotes understanding of and solutions to educational problems in less-developed countries.

· Founded in 1997 and gratefully accepts tax-deductible donations.
How to Apply:
Interested candidates should send a copy of their resume along with a cover letter outlining their suitability for the role to: travelgrant@foroneworld.org

 

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