AUSTRALIA: Teach Refugee Children Down Under in Perth

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Activities: Community Volunteer Projects / Volunteer with Refugees
Location : Perth
Duration: 4 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 2000 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Help children from war-torn countries to start a new life in the safety of Australia through learning English, art, drama, sports, music and more. 

This project gives you the opportunity to teach English in the Intensive English Centre set up by one of the schools. Here you will assist the Centre in helping refugee children who have come through the United Nations Refugee Programme adapt to their new surroundings in Australia through learning English and sports. These children come from countries such as Sudan, Somalia and Afghanistan, to begin a new life in safety.


  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Australia.
  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!


You will work closely with the children in small groups, as an assistant teacher, to help them as much as possible. You will be working at a school in Perth, the capital city of Western Australia (WA). WA is known as the sunshine state due to its large amount of sunshine every year! You will work as an assistant teacher in the school’s IEC (Intensive English Centre).

The IEC was established to give refugee children, who have just arrived in Australia through the United Nations Refugee programme, the opportunity to learn English and adapt to the Australian education system before going into mainstream school education. As an assistant to the teacher, you'll have the opportunity to work one-to-one and in small groups with the children to really give them the attention they need.

Many of the children's English is very poor, so this is where you can make a real difference. Class sizes vary between 10 and 15 children in each IEC class and you will be teaching children between the ages of 4 and 12. The schools employ a number of teachers to work in the IEC Centre who speak the children's native language and this helps tremendously when the children start to learn English.

As well as teaching English, you'll be able to get involved in a number of other subjects within the IEC Centre, such as:

  • Sports
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Maths
  • Art
  • Other academic subjects.

If you'd like to teach a specific subject that is not listed here, please let us know and we'll arrange it for you. Project dates and teaching times This project runs during the school terms.

The school terms are as follows: • Term 1: 31st Jan - April 4th • Term 2: 23rd April - 6th July • Term 3: 24th July - 28th September • Term 4: 16th October - 13th December

The lessons you'll teach generally last for 40 minutes and the school day runs from around 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Your working day will be around 4 to 5 hours of teaching and preparing for your lessons.



Please email or call us! If you’d like to apply for this project, please go to our website and complete the application form. As soon as we receive it, we’ll liaise with you and then start making your travel adventure happen. It’s as easy as that.

Start Dates

Projects start every Thursday, during school term times only – you choose your start and finish dates. Our placements are flexible and can be tailored to match your preferences. For availability please contact the office.

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £1,995 for four weeks. You can participate for up to twelve weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.

Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, home stay, apartment or flat).

You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.
Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.


No qualifications or experience required, but you must be enthusiastic. If you are teaching English you must be fluent in English. You should also be aged 18 or over.

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