Volunteer Opportunity

Experienced Lead Teacher/Trainer at Lone Buffalo English Development Centre, Laos – August 2019

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Lone Buffalo | Phonsavan, Xiangkhouang Province, Laos
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Start Date

August 18, 2019

End Date

June 14, 2020

Times of Day

Weekday Afternoons

Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)

Duration

Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


Lone Buffalo is a Western/Lao directed non-profit community project.  We operate a free English Development centre in Phonsavan, North Eastern Laos. 

We have a vacancy for an experienced Lead Teacher for the forthcoming term (September 19 – June 20).   

This is not a routine teaching post – it’s an opportunity to join a small, focused organisation that really makes a difference to young peoples' lives in one of the worlds least developed countries.  You will find the work challenging and, at times, frustrating - but ultimately fulfilling. 

You need to be self-motivated and self-disciplined as you will be working independently at times. You will be teaching Elementary to Intermediate level English using the Common European Framework.  You will also teach English to adult staff of local businesses.   

Your primary objective is to oversee and continue to develop the teaching side of Lone Buffalo; you will work closely with the local Director Of Teaching to further develop our local teachers and our curriculum.  Supervisory and teacher development experience is essential and curriculum planning skills would be useful.  You will be directly responsible for monitoring our committed team of eight local teachers.

Classroom hours are between 18 and 22 per week.  You will be required to use your own innovative and stimulating lesson ideas to augment the text book course. Some weekend work is necessary and you would also host regular Teacher Workshops and attend monthly meetings. You will report to the project COO for all teaching matters, and to the Centre’s local Directors for more general issues.  

Lone Buffalo teach five levels of English to 10 classes in the afternoon/evenings after State school (max class size 25 students). Our students are both ethnic Lao and H’mong and their ages range from 12 to 25, although most are between 15 – 18 years old. We promote and responsibility in the classroom and creative thinking through our enhancement projects.

Lone Buffalo is much more than an English Development Centre.  Central to our ethos is linking English study with sport and creative skills – and developing leadership skills among our students.  We have structured weekend football-coaching sessions for both male and females, using qualified student coaches. We have developed a culture of film making among our young people through professionally taught workshops.  Students now direct their own short films which regularly feature at the Vientiane Film Festival.  

We also run specific projects focusing on Female Development and have recently launched a student managed coffee company to develop basic business skills. 

An allowance (up to $600 pcm) and a work visa will be provided for the Lead Teacher role.  However, it’s more of a vocational position, a paid volunteer job, working for a respected organisation that is making a real difference in the community. Accommodation is provided in a pleasant rented private house in a quiet community equidistant from our centre and the town, a 15-minute bicycle ride away.

 We are a UK registered charity (1169163) and apply strict safeguarding regulations to staff.

Useful links – 

Website   www.lonebuffalo.org                     

Social     www.facebook.com/lonebuffalo 

Vimeo    www.vimeo.com/channels/560896

Flickr    www.flickr.com/photos/149907376@N07/

Lone Buffalo is a Western/Lao directed non-profit community project.  We operate a free English Development centre in Phonsavan, North Eastern Laos. 

We have a vacancy for an experienced Lead Teacher for the forthcoming term (September 19…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Stipend Provided
  • Housing Available

How To Apply


More information? Email robert@lonebuffalo.org

You can download the Lone Buffalo handbook and application form from the website http://www.lonebuffalo.org/volunteering

or by using these links - 

Volunteer Handbook  

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Lead Teacher Application form 

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More information? Email robert@lonebuffalo.org

You can download the Lone Buffalo handbook and application form from the website http://www.lonebuffalo.org/volunteering

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Lone Buffalo English Development Centre

Phonsavan, Xiangkhouang Province, LA
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