In-Class Support 2022-2023 (Education, Northwest Territories)
Location: Various Schools in Northern Canada
Placement duration: Starting ASAP or January 2023 – Placement ends June 2023
Language Requirements: English
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
The Volunteer’s Role
What impact could you have? Have a positive and lasting change in Indigenous communities!
As an In-class Support volunteer, you will provide your knowledge as an educator, share your experiences about the world, inspire students to learn and pursue further education, and encourage students to believe they can become who they aspire to be!
You will help support the e-learning program for students in grades 10-12 where you will connect your classroom to a network of other classrooms in various schools in Northern Canada also supported by other In-class Support Persons like yourself. You will work directly with the host teacher using web conferencing technologies, participate in educational activities both inside and outside the classroom, and be engaged with the community through intercultural events throughout the school year.
If you are a self-motivated individual with an interest in teaching, learning about Indigenous cultures, and being involved with the school and the greater community, then this is the placement for you!
As a volunteer, you will:
– Offering tutoring (Math and/or Science is an asset) for NDL students after school
– Assist the students during lessons, under the direct supervision of the host teacher
– Monitor the progress of the students and report back to the classroom teachers
– Accompany, supervise, and provide support to NDL students during activities that relate to NDL studies in a variety of locations (the school gym, science lab, library, etc.)
More detailed information about the role of the ISP can be found in this guide:
– Completed university degree or college diploma
– Ability to pass the vulnerable sector police check
– Must be currently located in Canada
– Experience teaching or presenting material to children and youth, particularly students with special needs.
– Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples in Canada (experience working with Indigenous Peoples is an asset)
– Strong understanding of working with High School age students
– Display an understanding of different learning styles
– Be culturally sensitive and have an openness to learning about different cultures
– Computer literate and knowledgeable of technology
– Previous volunteer or work experience either in Canada or in other countries
– Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
What’s in it for YOU? A life-changing experience!
Each volunteer placement is a unique experience. Read about the impact of previous volunteers in Northern Canada: Niroja Thirugnanasampanthar (Fort Providence), Lois Boody (Fort Resolution), Richard Marlow (Fort McPherson), Nathan Burrows (Fort McPherson), Jana Kasparova (Tuktoyaktuk)
About Cuso International and Participating Schools
Cuso International is a not-for-profit development organization that works to eradicate poverty and inequality. Each year, we mobilize hundreds of volunteer professionals to work alongside local partners to maximize their impact through capacity building. We work in partnership with governments, civil society organizations, multilateral agencies and the private sector to develop and deliver programs aimed at advancing gender equality, promoting the empowerment of women and girls, and improving access to and quality of economic opportunities for young people.
Beaufort Delta Education Council
The most northerly school board in the Northwest Territories with all eight communities and nine schools located north of the Arctic Circle, the BDEC serves 1382 students in the region and is responsible for about 200 administrators, teachers and support staff. Cuso International is currently working with the schools in Aklavik, Inuvik, Fort McPherson, Paulatuk and Tuktoyaktuk.
South Slave Divisional Education Council
Responsible for the education of approximately 1300 (JK-12) students in the South Slave region, the Council’s mission is to strive to prepare students to create their futures. Their primary responsibility is to provide for the educational needs of the students of the South Slave region. Cuso International is currently working with the schools in Fort Resolution and Hay River.
Terms and Conditions
Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.
Modest monthly living allowance
Accommodation while in placement
Airfare to and from placement
Online pre-departure training
Emergency Medical Insurance
On-the-ground support through our Cuso International office
Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
Please note that if you are shortlisted for the placement, you will be required to:
Provide two Professional References and one Personal Reference
Due to the COVID-19 situation, be double vaccinated in accordance with the World Health Organization-approved vaccines.
We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.
Various Schools in Northern Canada
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