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Teachers sought for new overseas aid opportunity

Teachers sought for new overseas aid opportunity

Sunday 29 January 2023

Teachers sought for new overseas aid opportunity

Sunday 29 January 2023

Islanders with teaching experience are being urged to make the most of a "fantastic" new opportunity to take part in an aid project in Rwanda - and the deadline to apply is fast approaching.

It's one of three projects Jersey Overseas Aid has planned for this year, with the others building on previous initiatives in Kenya and Nepal.

The JOA has been organising groups of volunteers who spend up to four weeks working with communities in developing countries since 1972.

Speaking about this year's opportunities, International Development Minister Deputy Carolyn Labey said: "I am very proud of Jersey's overseas volunteering programme. It says an incredible amount about the people of Jersey that so many islanders are willing to give their time and their skills to help build schools and community centres, construct water pumps in rural villages and build critical infrastructure, that enable people in some of the poorest countries in the world to build themselves a future.

"This year we are running three projects, and for the first time one which is specifically aimed at teachers or Islanders who have teaching experience. This team of 10-12 volunteers will have a fantastic opportunity to share their skills with a school community in Rwanda."


Pictured: Deputy Carolyn Labey, Minister for International Development.

Participants are expected to contribute £500 towards their travel expenses, with the JOA funding the additional costs and providing the necessary materials and supplies.

Bursaries are available to ensure financial circumstances do not present people from applying. Anyone interested in applying can do so here

Alternatively, Islanders can call the JOA office on 446901 or email for more information. Applications must be submitted by 31 January.

What's on the agenda for 2023?

10 June to 24 JuneConstructing a sand dam in south-east Kenya with Sand Dams Worldwide. 

28 July to 12 AugustProviding teaching skills for students and teachers in Rwanda with Hands Around the World Jersey.

October/November - Constructing a community facility with The Gurkha Welfare Trust Jersey in Nepal.

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