VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through international, national and community volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.

Due to the long preparation time required (four months on average), we are continuing to recruit new professional experts who wish to share their knowledge with their colleagues and volunteers in Africa and Asia. In this way, we will be prepared with a pool of experts ready to work together on our future plans. In the meantime, we try to continue our work through the support of e-volunteers. Click here for more information about how we battle Corona.

Thousands of teachers around the world do not get the necessary training and support, and as a consequence pupils do not reach their full potential. VSO is working to change this, and for this, we need Primary Teachers, Teacher Trainers who want to share their skills. We are looking for experienced education professionals, with a background in inclusive education and delivering continuing professional development programs, to join VSO’s inclusive education project in Myanmar.

As a VSO volunteer, you will immerse yourself in a new culture, face fresh challenges and develop your expertise, and often also management skills while doing something truly fulfilling. The local office or partner’s need will decide your exact job description.

Role overview

The Teacher Educator will play a crucial role in VSO’s teacher education project in Myanmar. Based at an Education College, you will support teacher education reforms in Myanmar and build the capacity of local Teacher Educators (TEs) to deliver the new 4-year pre-service degree course. The role will focus on inclusive teaching practices and, in particular, the access, participation and achievement of children with disabilities.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Essential:

  • Bachelor’s degree or post-graduate qualification in education
  • Minimum of five years of primary or secondary school teaching experience
  • Expert knowledge of pedagogy and inclusive classroom practice
  • Strong track record in planning, delivering and monitoring teacher Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs
  • Experience of mentoring teachers

Desirable:

  • Qualifications in special needs
  • Experience of working in Myanmar or SE Asia is added advantage

Besides these skills, you need to be openminded, respectful, resilient and adaptive to new situations. It is important that you can facilitate positive change, build sustainable working relationships and are willing to seek and share knowledge.

Terms & conditions

VSO will cover and support you in all preparations: training, visa, work permit, registration in-country, flights, vaccinations, anti-malarial treatment, PEP treatment, medical and security clearance. In-country VSO will provide induction and support in placement, arrange secure accommodation (often shared with another VSO professional), full medical insurance (including repatriation cover), medical indemnity insurance, work-related travel costs and a living allowance which will enable you to live a basic but healthy lifestyle, but which is not sufficient to cover ongoing commitments at home.

What we do at VSO

Our programs focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organizations, from local and national governments to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programs. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.

The experience of a placement is a one-of-a-life-time experience and will benefit you in multiple ways. You will have the chance to learn to work with people from different cultural backgrounds. There is often the opportunity to develop your teamwork-, leadership- and management skills. This can be helpful for career opportunities after your placement.

The environment of development work is changing continuously. Our recruiter knows the actual vacancies abroad. If you have any questions about our current programs and where we currently operate, don’t hesitate to contact our recruiter Kelly Helinski: k.helinski@vso.nl.

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VSO is een internationale ontwikkelingsorganisatie die door duurzame kennisuitwisseling werkt aan een rechtvaardiger wereld zonder armoede. …

VSO heeft zo’n 900 vacatures per jaar in Afrika en Azië. VSO’ers werken in vrijwel alle beroepsgebieden: onderwijs, gezondheidszorg, business en management, IT, techniek en natuur (van landbouw tot visserij en natuurbeheer).

Wereldwijd werken er op dit moment zo’n 1.700 VSO’ers aan armoedebestrijding, waaronder 120 Nederlandse VSO’ers. Sinds de oprichting, in 1958, hebben meer dan 43.000 vakdeskundigen hun kennis en ervaring gedeeld in 140 landen. Vanuit Nederland zijn er totaal 1.500 VSO’ers uitgezonden.

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