Classroom Assistant in St Lucia

Volunteer with reception children and help develop their educational and emotional development.

Program Description

This programme offers our volunteers the opportunity to work with children in a classroom setting, perfect for anyone considering a teaching career. By supporting teachers you will gain practical experience and have the opportunity to help in overcrowded and underfunded schools.

You will be based in the reception class at Marchand Combined School, a primary school we have been working with for almost a decade. The school is based in one of the most disadvantaged areas of Castries, with many of the children coming from vulnerable backgrounds. A lack of resources within the school means classes are overcrowded, with the teacher to pupil ratios often too much for the teachers to manage, making classroom assistance essential to quality of care and education within the school.

Teaching assistant in the Caribbean
Classroom assistant in St Lucia

Aims & Objectives

As a classroom assistant, you will work with children aged 4-5 in their first year of primary school. The teaching is ‘early years’ education and covers all subjects i.e English, Maths, Art, Sport. The aim of this programme is to support our partner school and the Marchand community by providing extra teaching assistance for underprivileged and vulnerable preschool/reception children.

You’ll work with the same group of children for the duration of your stay, with the aim of enhancing their early year’s development and their overall ability to cope within school life.

 

Schedule

You will work Monday to Thursday (Fridays are optional), each working day starts from 8:45 am through to 2:45 pm. Evenings and weekends are free time but are filled with lots of options for various social activities and excursions with other volunteers.

 

Program participant criteria

Participants must be a minimum of 18 years old, there is no maximum age, but any prospective volunteers should be informed that the majority of other participants will be between 18 and 25 years old. No teaching qualifications are required but an ability and understanding of early years development is important as well as a passion and enthusiasm for working with children. It is also important to be flexible and use initiative as the schools are not always be well organised or well run so supervision and guidance can be minimal.

Teaching placement is not possible during school holidays, participants staying during these times can partake in sport coaching placements for these periods

 

Volunteer as a classroom assistant in St Lucia

Project Overview

Included

  • Accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 24-hour assistance from our in-country team
  • Coaching placements
  • Welcome orientation
  • Pre-departure support
  • Transport to and from training sessions,
  • Coaching shirt
  • Breakfast

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Additional food
  • Excursions
Project Length Cost
Two Weeks £695
Four Weeks £1195
Six Weeks £1595
Eight Weeks £1995
Ten Weeks £2395
Twelve Weeks £2795
Project Start Date Duration
5th February 2 to 30 Weeks
19th February 2 to 28 Weeks
5th March 2 to 26 Weeks
19th March 2 to 24 Weeks
2nd April 2 to 22 Weeks
Project Start Date Duration
16th April 2 to 20 Weeks
30th April 2 to 18 Weeks
14th May 2 to 16 Weeks
28th May 2 to 14 Weeks
11th June 2 to 12 Weeks
Project Start Date Duration
25th June 2 to 10 Weeks
9th July 2 to 8 Weeks
23nd July 2 to 6 Weeks
6th August 2 to 4 Weeks
20th August 2 Weeks