Calling All Primary Teachers & Education Managers

Looking for a ‘Break Time’ Abroad?

Primary school teachers and education managers across the South of England are being challenged to take up their most demanding but rewarding career move yet as international development charity VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) launches its recruitment campaign for skilled educational professionals to volunteer in some of the world’s poorest countries in 2012. Interested educationalists are being invited to VSO’s event in London on Tuesday 9th August, where they can learn more about the exciting, life-changing and career enhancing volunteering opportunities currently available.

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development charity that works through volunteers helping to tackle global poverty by sharing their professional skills. Educationalists who take up the VSO challenge will find themselves working with schools, colleges or ministries of education helping tens of thousands of children to get a better start in life by improving the quality of education and teaching practice in countries from Cameroon to Nepal, Ethiopia to Uganda.

The charity urgently needs to recruit 50 primary school teachers and education managers who can start vital volunteering posts in January 2012 (which requires educationalists to resign by 31st October ‘11). VSO also needs to enlist a further 100 primary teachers and education managers for challenging and rewarding positions throughout 2012 which will help make a difference to children’s lives and help fight poverty and disadvantage.

Previously most volunteers needed to commit between 18-months to two years in their post. However now, VSO can offer 12-month positions, which the charity hopes will make volunteering more accessible to interested educationalists.

Brian Rockliffe (OBE), director of VSO UK, a former teacher and education volunteer said: “Summer holidays provide time out from your daily work commitments to reassess and plan new life ventures. We’re urging any primary school teachers and education managers who are looking for an exciting, rewarding and life-changing experience in 2012 to get in touch. If you apply now, you could be heading off for your biggest career and personal challenge yet, to the likes of Ghana, Rwanda or Nepal as soon as January.

“We urgently need your valuable education skills which will be shared with your overseas colleagues. Knowledge sharing is a vital way to improve the lives of children and teachers in some of the poorest places in the world and an excellent opportunity to develop your own career and personal experiences. Take the first step and come along to our education event on Tue 9th Aug from 2-4pm at our VSO office in Putney, London or visit

Those applying for volunteering posts will be assessed and matched to the best placement for their skills and experience. Primary teachers need to have at least two years of post qualifying experience and education managers require a minimum of three years management experience.

VSO volunteers are provided with full training, flights, accommodation and an allowance to cover basic costs. Unlike many UK-based volunteering organisations, VSO does not charge individuals to volunteer and its recruitment policy is based on matching the right professionals with the correct skills and qualities rather than on the ability to pay.



August 8, 2011

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