Kindergarten Teaching

Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll - Maldives

Only 1,020€ per week!

Work as an assistant teacher in a leading kindergarten in the Maldives help the students with early childhood development!

You will be welcomed in our community to spread knowledge and become a beacon of light for our children. You will work with kids who are between 3 years to 5 years and the teachers will provide you with the guidelines to work. You can even come up with your own creative methods to make the learning process more interesting and fun!

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Program Description

Our program offers you the opportunity to work at a kindergarten in the Maldives where you can contribute to the wellbeing of these little kids by teaching them English and by improving their communication and creative skills.

Our school administration, teachers and parents work together as a team to educate our young children. We are always in need of qualified teachers. We want to make sure that our young generation (3-4 years) receives the quality education they deserve.

As a participant, you will closely work with the administration of the school and other staff members. The main goal of the program is to prepare our young generation for preschool. They need guidance from an expert teacher who can educate these young children that are from 3 to 4 years old and help them develop their personalities.

All teaching material will be provided by our staff and the administration will cooperate in every manner. Through interactive lessons, you can educate these children with different topics related to the real world. This will be a mind building activity and it will help them grow faster and stronger. Also, you will assist teachers in the classroom and help them to create lesson plans. This placement is ideal for those who either plan to become teachers in later life and want to experience teaching first, or who simply want to make an impact on the lives of children.

Since Friday is an official holiday for Maldivians, on Fridays you will be working at the beach by actively taking part in cleaning the beach. This is necessary due to the increasing pollution taking place at the beach due to high tourist activity.

We recommend you to arrive in the Maldives on a Saturday and start the program on Sunday onwards. In the Maldives, the schools run from Sunday to Thursday and Fridays and Saturdays are holidays.        

On Sunday, after the briefing is given to you, you will be taken to Thinadhoo Island and introduced to the coordinator where they will be shown around the school and given a briefing. Thereafter the participants will be taken to your accommodation.                                

The curriculum will be shared with you upon arrival.

Aims & Objectives

To encourage local kids to learn the English language and to enhance their communication, creative skills through international exposure.

Schedule

Sunday to Thursday

You will be working 5-6 hours every day which will involve lesson planning and classroom activities. Your typical tasks during the week would include,

  • Teaching basic English phrases to local kids
  • Teaching songs, dances and drama under the supervision and guidance of the local teachers
  • Coming up with methods to improve their creativity

Friday

  • Friday is an official holiday in the Maldives. Therefore, today you will be able to join various activities with the local team or explore the Maldives on your own.

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age: 18

Maximum age: 55

Minimum English level: Intermediate

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: On Signup

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

  • Please make sure that you do not promote any religious faith while teaching or staying in the Maldives as it is prohibited by the Maldivian government.
  • The project will be more interesting if you are creative
  • You should adapt to the kindergarten administration, teachers and children while you are with them. You are part of a kindergarten that is culturally different from other developing systems.
  • You should be organized and the daily program will be planned with the aid of the teaching handbooks and coordinator inputs.
  • You should be an active person willing to research the lesson planning. Lesson Planning Guides will be available.
  • You should be able to interact with children and teachers of the kindergarten, work as a Team and be cooperative with the local coordinator or other participants. Be able to adjust to facilities available at the kindergarten.
  • Your appearance should be presentable at the project.
  • Should be able to gauge the capacity of different students.
  • Should you find any difficulty consult our Coordinators.
  • Please kindly wear decent clothing when visiting the kindergarten. No-see through clothes, shorts, or low cut tops are permitted.
  • Participants above 65 should have medical clearance to take part in this program.

Additional Equipment

There are no specific requirements.

Location

The programs are based on Hoandedhdhoo, in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll. It is the second most southern atoll in the Maldives located just 8 miles north of the equator. The island is home to around 1200 people (2006 National Census), who spend the majority of their time fishing, playing football or the traditional Maldivian sport called ‘Bashi’ and relaxing! The island is surrounded by stunning coral reefs that house marine animals such as turtles, rays and many amazing fish!

As a participant, you will have the opportunity to snorkel along these reefs and witness the natural beauty of the Maldives! It takes approx. an hour and a half to reach Hoandedhdhoo from Male International Airport, consisting of a plane journey and a boat ride.

The island is a very safe community full of friendly and welcoming inhabitants. Wherever you go you are sure to get a warm welcome so plenty of opportunities to make friends and learn more about the local life!

About the Accommodation

The house consists of 3 separate buildings. There is a total of 9 rooms that house up to 6 people in each. Each room has its own en suite bathroom with a shower plus hot running water. All rooms have air conditioning units to ensure participants are comfortable at all times, the temperature can be changed to their preference.

Each room also consists of, single/bunk bed units, wardrobe, cupboards with individual keys to lock away valuable items and a desk unit with a mirror. Rooms are allocated based on a single-gender basis. There are 2 gardens located between the 3 buildings where you and locals can socialise in the day time. There are also two showers in one of the gardens for you to use when returning from activities. When you wish to wash their clothes there are 2 washing machines, one in each garden and clothes can be hung on the line to dry.

Food Arrangements

The meals would mainly include typical Maldivian food. Purified water will also be available throughout your stay.

Facilities

There are shops where you will be able to buy most of the things you may require. Money can be exchanged at the airport on arrival in Male. We highly recommend changing your money here as it is difficult to do on the local islands. We also suggest keeping the receipt for this exchange as if you have money left over at the end you can change it back to your preferred currency.

There are ATM’s available on Thinadoo, there is a daily speedboat ferry from the connecting island Madaveli Saturday-Thursday. A trip can be arranged but at an extra cost to cover the fuel. Therefore, when you arrive at the airport, we recommend taking out more money than your budget for in case of emergencies.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

As it is a small island there are limited activities to do in your spare time, however, you can go to local café designated or take a walk to the beach and watch the breathtaking sunsets. You can also spend your spare time enjoying some of the many activities on the island. Locals are huge fans of football, volleyball and Bashi – a traditional Maldivian women’s sport. If you are a person who loves water activities, then you are in the right place. The ocean plays the role of a big playground.

We can go on a variety of exciting excursions around the Huvadhoo Atoll and always take into account what you as a participant would like to do with your time. Examples of some of the excursions include snorkelling trips, night fishing trips, BBQs and visits to uninhabited islands. There is an opportunity to take a day trip to a resort or go on an overnight stay at an uninhabited island; however, these are optional excursions as they require an extra payment to cover transport and necessities.

You may also get the chance to go on reef surveys of the neighbouring islands with our marine team. During your free time on the island, we encourage you to get in the sea as much as possible and take photos of the marine life and islands. We have a wonderful little community here and there are some fantastic sights and scenery to take in as you walk around our island.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name: Republic of Maldives

Population: approx. 373 362

Capital: Malé

Language: Dhivehi

Currency: Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR)

Time zone: UTC +5

Country Information

The Republic of Maldives is a chain of islands located in the Indian Ocean. Compared to other South Asian countries, Maldives is the smallest, and spans around ninety thousand square kilometers. It also bears the smallest population among the Asian countries. Maldivians mainly practice Islam. Even the legal system of the country is shaped by their practice of Islam.

Due to the stretch of atolls, Maldives is also considered as one of the most dispersed countries in the world. It has a total of 26 atolls. Your visit to this country will be a memorable experience as you will be lucky to enjoy in the golden beaches and crystal waters, travel from island to island and experience the unique lifestyle of the Maldivians.

Maldives has a tropical monsoon climate, and it is also popular for its rich variety of coral reefs and diverse range of fish, whales, dolphins and other forms of sea life. Due to these reasons, Maldives has become one of the top attractions among travellers worldwide.

Climate

Maldives has a tropical monsoon climate. That being said, the climate in Maldives can be divided into two main weather patterns namely, dry and wet seasons. Even though the weather is categorized into two seasons, the temperature throughout the year changes very little. However, the dry season exists from January to around April.

Culture

Due to the proximity of this country to South India and Sri Lanka, the culture of Maldives has been influenced by the cultural patterns of these two countries. Particularly, music and dancing has been influenced by India and language has been influenced by Sri Lanka to a certain extent. Like any other Asian countries, nationals of Maldives respect elders while following the Islamic way of living.

In addition, since the descent of the Maldivians can be traced back to several countries such as Sri Lanka, India, Africa, and Arab countries, the culture represents some characteristics of these countries as well.

During the month of May or June, Maldivians celebrate the Ramzan festival. The actual dates and the time of the festival may vary depending on the Islamic lunar calendar. This is the largest religious festival celebrated in Maldives. This festival spans for 30 days and during this time all Muslim citizens fast during the day. During this festival they celebrate the revelation of the Quran to prophet Muhammad by God.

Maldives gained independence from the British on the 26th July, 1965. Since then, Maldivians celebrate their independence day marked by parades and national events.

In the month of September, Maldivians celebrate a festival named Eid-ul Al’haa which is also named as the festival of sacrifice. The actual date on which the festival is celebrated may vary depending on the calendar.

Transportation

Seaplanes

Seaplanes are one of the quick and easiest ways to travel to resorts from the airport.

Boats

Travelling from island to another can easily be done by one of the speed boats or ferries.

Taxi

Taxis are available in the major cities where a good network of roads is available.

Bus

In the main city there is a bus service which operates every 30 minutes to take you around.

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