Unipal

Unipal (A Universities’ Trust for Educational Exchange with Palestinians) seeks to facilitate a two-way process of education; providing English-language teaching in Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon.

Unipal sends volunteers to the Middle East to work with Palestinians on a short-term basis in the summer, to teach English or to take part in other activities as needed brings Palestinian teachers of English to Britain in order to study language courses and refresh their language by living with British families in the past has had long term volunteers teaching students and adults in need of better English.

 

Is this for me?

Volunteers should be native English speakers, living in the UK and must be 20+ on January 1st in the year in which they volunteer. There is no upper age limit but it is very demanding work in a hot climate, so you need to be fit.

 

What will I do?

Teach English to young children with an emphasis on art, craft, music, drama and sports. More formal classes with adults should also take place. This year we will only be working with communities in the West Bank.

 

Is it dangerous?

The Middle East is an area where there is always the possibility of conflict. Through training we attempt to minimise the risk to you and expect our volunteers to behave in a responsible manner.

 

What happens when?

The closing date for applications was 14 February 2014. Training dates will take place on 12/13 April and 17 May. Selected volunteers must be able to attend all three training days. Candidates should be available to travel at the beginning of June.

 

Do I need to be a qualified teacher?

No, but a TEFL is an advantage and you should have teaching experience.

 

How much will it cost?

An explanation of costs is in the e-mailed sheet which you should send for (see top of page) but will be around £300 + flights.

 

Will I be on my own?

No, volunteers live in small single-sex teams of 4 or 5 with an experienced coordinator.

 

What are the living conditions?

Fairly basic within the refugee camps, often with power and water shortages. You must not expect home comforts or privacy.

 

What personal qualities are important?

Sensitivity, tolerance, adaptability, readiness to learn, political awareness and tenacity. You must be a good team person.

 

 

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