Volunteer Tutors Needed for Innovative English for Transformative Learning Program Near Bangkok
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by The INEB Institute
Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
The Institute for Transformative Learning of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB Institute) is seeking volunteer tutors for our School of English for Engaged Social Service 2019 program. Tutors will assist the primary teachers in the classroom and lead small group and one-on-one conversations outside of class. Please see a description of the program below and at www.inebinstitute.org.
You Should Apply If:
- You are a native or near native English speaker.
- You like people and are highly conscientious and responsible.
- You would like to learn about Thailand, Buddhism and other world religious traditions, meditation, social issues, and transformative teaching methods.
- You want to practice teaching and leading others.
- You are ready for a life change.
- You are good at providing wholehearted and authentic support for others, in this case including the students, the leaders of the program, and the other members of the work team. You can also expect to receive such support in return.
- Teach a small group on every regular classroom day (from 4:00-5:00pm). We will help guide you in your teaching and leadership of the small group.
- Participate in all or nearly all aspects of the training, bearing in mind one's role as a resource and support person.
- Act as a resource to the students on an individual basis.
- Support the primary teachers in helping to see that the field trips and workshops go well.
The Following Qualities and Skills are Also Desirable:
- Ability to engage in honest self-inquiry as well as to genuinely offer and receive support within the context of a community of learners.
- Energetic and in good health, prepared for the demands of a rather intensive course.
- Ability to communicate effectively across cultures and act in a respectful manner towards all participants.
- Ability to follow directions provided by primary teachers and be able to facilitate small group learning independently.
- Some experience and understanding of contemporary NGO and activist worlds would be beneficial but not essential.
Note - Tutors with Special Skills:
Knowledge of World Religions and/or Experience Working with Intercultural Groups
Our special theme for the 2019 program is "Interfaith Understanding towards Peace and Sustainability." We expect to have a very diverse cohort of students. Tutors who have knowledge of the worlds religious traditions, or who have read or thought in depth about what constitutes an ethical tradition, and finally those who have experience working and living with very diverse groups would likely be able to contribute much to this program. At the same time, while such a background is desirable, it is not a prerequisite for applying, for being given full consideration, or for participating fully.
Skills in One or Another Holistic and Safe Body-Focused Therapies
Aware of how profoundly physical, emotional, and spiritual health impact learning and the ability to take joy in living, we would especially welcome tutors who also have skills in alternative holistic health care, especially those with expertise in CranioSacral Therapy or Visceral Manipulation. Should you have such skills and happen to be seeking a period of rest from normal professional life, it may be possible for you to practice those skills in our residential community and receive a modest fee as compensation. At the same time, these skills are not in any way a prerequisite for applying, for being given fully consideration as a potential contributor, or for participating fully in our program.
Periods of Work Expected: January 5—April 6, 2019
- The School of English for Engaged Social Service 2019 program runs from January 6 – April 3, 2019. The most helpful and effective scenario is when tutors are able to commit to volunteering for the entire duration of the course. It would be desirable if tutors who are available earlier than January 6 would be able to help prepare for the program a few days in advance. Similarly, when possible, tutors' participation in the program evaluation in the days immediately following the graduation ceremony is of great help. Inability to come for the full length of the program will likely give your application a somewhat lower priority, but depending on circumstances and your qualifications, you might be able to come for a determined and agreed upon length of time that is less than the full 13-week duration of the school.
- This is a residential course, which means that the tutors must be able to live on site (one and a half hours from Bangkok) and travel on field trips with the group. Most but not all weekends are free; at the same time, the ability to be available for voluntary group activities and community building on occasional weekends would be appreciated.
Benefits and Compensation:
In appreciation for your time and effort as a tutor, you will receive free room and board, and free travel on group excursions. We would also help prepare the papers for a Non-O visa, cover visa costs and the work permit (volunteers in Thailand are required to have a work permit). INEB Institute will also cover the costs of group medical and accident insurance for the duration of the course.
Many tutors have benefited as much or more from the course as the students, because you are attending class sessions, and participating in the workshops and fieldtrips as well as extracurricular activities. So that is something additional that you would gain from the position.
Key Features of the Program:
The INEB Institute’s three-month School of English for Engaged Social Service program aims to develop the qualities necessary for compassionate leadership at a time of growing crisis and uncertainty. For leadership to be compassionate and clear-minded, we believe it must be grounded in a strong sense of connection with oneself, with the earth, with immediate others, and with local, regional, and international communities. The ability to think freely and develop confidence in one’s views and capacities are also essential. These qualities can be developed through training and the adoption of carefully selected personal disciplines and practices. The kind of student we ideally seek to reach is a young adult from Asia who has already shown some commitment to work for the common good through practices of personal and social transformation. Such commitments and practices have been at the core of INEB’s identity as an international network since its inception.
Working with a small group, we aim for depth of learning and experience in a number of areas. The most significant of these are:
- Self-awareness, self-confidence, and full access to one’s own learning potential.
- Awareness and sensitivity to others, and the skills and motivations needed for mutual support and cooperation.
- Skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing English.
- Self-directed, freely chosen, and mindful leadership.
- Interpretive, critical thinking, and social analytical skills.
- Awareness of global crises—climate change, social inequality, violence, and lack of voice—and their local manifestations, as well as the many signs of hope that are now emerging around the world.
- Awareness of the personal dimensions of efforts towards social change.
These areas are overlapping, and each has a subset of further skills or capacities that enable them. For example, the skills of awareness and sensitivity to others, mutual support, and cooperation, require a subset of skills that includes the ability to verbally appreciate others, the ability to listen with attention and respect as well as to keep confidentiality, the willingness to inquire into and accept cultural, ideological, and personal differences in an atmosphere of respect, and the willingness to trust and to share one’s personal thoughts and feelings in appropriate settings.
To accomplish these goals, the program uses a complex orchestration of:
- Regular and sequentially organized classroom work in English and other areas.
- Workshops by national and international level trainers in a number of areas (e.g. Power Analysis, Non-Violent Communication, Peer Counseling, and so on).
- Field trips to observe and interact with intellectuals and community leaders in Thailand as examples of leadership, creativity, and social service.
- Personal and small group tutoring.
- Time for reading, writing, and communal watching of films.
- Collective work to maintain the classroom and other areas.
- Sufficient rest.
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
How to apply as a Tutor:
- Please send a cover letter, a sample of your writing, and a CV or resume by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For qualified candidates we will contact you to schedule an interview online.
- Applications will be accepted until November 31, 2018, or until all positions are filled.