Facilitator for Education programme and/or Enterprise project
- Internship posted by WUZA: Wake Up Zanzibar
Hours per week
A minimum of 15 hours a week for a period of 6 weeks to learn enough about our situation and approach to then have a tangible positive impact
Fuoni Meli Tano
Zanzibar Urban/West Region
We are currently asking for two facilitating roles, educational and entrepreneurial, within our community based organisation: Wake Up Zanzibar (WUZA). These roles can be done by one very motivated and skillful person or by two people who can either work together to share both the enterprise project and educational roles or just focus on one of them depending on preference.
Below you will find the general responsibilities that count for both roles and then the specific responsibilities for each of the roles. The responsibilities are supposed to serve as the description of the internship as well.
- 1-2 weeks of observation, learning, questioning to get an experiential understanding of WUZA's educational programme and the community we serve. Attend classes of different teachers, general meeting, school visit, and neighbourhood walks, to identify the assets and needs of our CBO, educational leaders, and students by asking questions, listening and absorbing.
- Facilitating - promoting reflection sessions with the members (enterprising teachers) of WUZA to identify strengths and areas for improvement. Elicit action plans to improve practices within WUZA which promote collective solutions and strategies.
- Supporting educational leaders within WUZA to improve their language proficiency through conversations, kind corrections, and checking written documents and using mistakes as learning opportunities.
- To assist in language lessons, especially in interactive activities, as a fluent English speaker for students to raise confidence and increase opportunities for students to practice. Option to co-lead classes with teacher, including the design, preparation, and implementation of language lessons if knowledgeable of grammar.
Specific responsibilities for Education programme:
- Conducting interviews and evaluations with teachers and students to identify their educational needs so that teaching quality and student satisfaction can be enhanced.
- Promoting reflection on teachers' use of assessment for learning (AFL). How are we checking to see if our students have learnt what we wanted to teach? How do we do this?
- Promoting reflection on teacher's use of learning activities to maximize the number of students answering questions. How are we making our lessons participatory and ensuring that all students come up with answers themselves and say them out loud?
- Capacity building teaching practice, especially in the areas of assessment for learning, and increasing participation and questioning of students.
- Researching appropriate teaching techniques from local and international sources, sharing them, and facilitating teachers to pick 2-3 techniques to gradually build into practice. It can take some time to change a routine, with support and compassion it is possible.
- Supporting the action research project to find and meet with informal English language classes that happen at night between friends across Zanzibar town, promoting learning exchanges, and co-designing a practical teacher training/coaching programme with WUZA.
Specific responsibilities for Enterprise project:
- Facilitating the creation of a sustainable business plan for a tailoring (clothes making) enterprise which creates beautiful and artistic products from up-cycled second hand clothing and/or local materials.
- Integrate the learning of language and skills into the enterprise so that those who participate benefit socially and economically as well as accessing local, expat, and tourist markets.
- Working with WUZA members with entrepreneurial experiences to cost the set-up and operational costs of the enterprise (budget) which can be used to apply for funding to launch the social and green/environmental enterprise.
- Facilitate market research with trips to different clients and tailor areas to identify what potential customers would want and what prices to expect for different products.
- Create a practical socio-environmental course with workshops and classes for students to understand the steps of setting up and maintaining a profitable enterprise that clearly communicates the benefits it brings to society and the environment.
- Compassion, patience, and willingness to learn from others, and question assumptions.
- Fluency in English language both spoken and written
- Positive, friendly and pro-active mindset
- Committed to be available and flexible to the needs of WUZA and the community it serves. It takes energy and commitment to accommodate interns, we expect you to stay for the time we agreed upon.
- Willingness to work with young adults and to spend time responsibly and carefully with young children, some of which are vulnerable
- Experience in teaching English as a foreign language, with a CELTA/TESOL certificate if wishing to lead grammar learning activities.
- Openness to experience new cultures and respect local customs.
- To communicate honestly and share concerns in a constructive manner.
- First and foremost opportunity to learn from a community of motivated educational leaders who are young adults and willing to share their culture and include you within the growth of our organisation.
- Being able to work collaboratively and take an active role in the growth and consolidation of a young community based organisation which is providing educational services to over 150 children.
- Gain experience in project design, proposal writing, and implementation of action research as well as launching a social-environmental tailoring enterprise
- Co-leading English language learning through participatory and active teaching
- Access to low-cost housing and local food within the neighbourhood and opportunity to be hosted at the home of one of our teachers by the beach on weekend, for a example.
- Developing facilitating skills through promoting reflection exercises, sharing research, and planning group activities where we make decisions together and share best practices.
- Invaluable support and encouragement with the learning of the Swahili language, which is fun and very rewarding.
How To Apply
The application consists of two parts.
- A one page document explaining which role(s) you would like to apply for and why. When you would like to do the internship and how you are suitable to take on the responsibilities.
- We would also like you to provide answers to these questions. If you're not sure what to answer on some the questions that is also fine. The questions are deliberately open to allow you to express yourself more freely.
1) What do you hope to experience by collaborating with WUZA? What role do you imagine yourself playing?
2) How do you approach cultural differences or misunderstandings between Westerners and Zanzibaris?
3) What are your most valuable skills and capacities for a healthy, respectful, and educational relationship with WUZA?
4) What do you hope to gain by collaborating with WUZA?
5) How do you expect to be treated as a volunteer for WUZA?
6) Why is it important to be pro-active and communicate if this potential experience doesn't meet your immediate expectations?
7) How will you be careful and culturally appropriate when working with young people especially with those who are most vulnerable?
8) What are your thoughts on giving gifts to individual students or teachers of WUZA?
9) What are your thoughts on co-teaching and experimenting with practical and accessible teaching techniques?
10) Do you have a fixed idea of what good teaching is or are you willing to be open and first learn how teaching and learning takes place in Zanzibari context? Why is this openness and patience important?