Education professionals who volunteer overseas receive a lifetime of experiences that enrich the lives of others and themselves, both personally and professionally. VSO volunteer Lorraine Dodge talked to Eteach about her experience working as a teacher trainer in Nepal helping to develop the skills and capacity of local teachers.
Following on from our previous blog which reported that education secretary Michael Gove has argued for longer school hours and shorter holidays, partly to level the playing field with our global competitors, we take a look at the system in Finland. It’s one of the highest-ranked countries for education, but pupils study for some of the fewest hours in the developed world. So what else works for the Finns?
Education professionals who volunteer overseas receive a lifetime of experiences that enrich the lives of others and themselves, both personally and professionally. VSO Ireland volunteer Carmel Bradwell has been working as a teacher trainer in the lush Fortportal region of Uganda tackling the myriad of problems facing Uganda’s education system.
“I wanted my retirement to be proactive”
I loved every moment of my career, and when I retired I didn’t feel like stopping. I found that the skills that I had developed are desperately needed in less fortunate countries in the world. International development charity VSO looks for volunteers with the professional experience that can really be of use in developing countries, so it was a perfect fit for what I wanted out of my retirement.
A teaching qualification can open up a whole world of possibilities, and deciding to teach overseas could be the most rewarding step you ever take. So whether you’re looking for an opportunity to wave goodbye to your current post, want to see another part of the world, or are attracted by generous remuneration packages that are often available, find out more about overseas working – and how to begin your international career…