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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 20, Number 3, November/December 2007

Volunteer with the Cuba Project

The BCTF needs volunteers for its ongoing project with the teachers of English in Cuba. The Cuba Project sends a team of seven teachers twice a year to instruct a two-week English-language methodology and language-enhancement course. This is a university-level credit course offered through teachers’ colleges around Cuba, and is sponsored by the Cuban Teachers’ Union, the Cuban Ministry of Education, and the BCTF and CoDevelopment Canada, with funding from CIDA.

Teachers involved in the project must: be active BCTF members, speak English fluently, be flexible, and adaptable to developing-country conditions, have excellent facilitation skills, have experience working with adults, be able to work co-operatively in a team, be able to work with minimal resources and to improvise, be very knowledgeable of second-language methodology and strategies, have specialized training or experience in teaching languages, and have a valid Canadian passport. The ability to speak functional Spanish is an asset.

In addition, volunteers must be available to travel over the December or March break, or the first three weeks in July, depending on the program’s needs. Teachers are expected to teach in very hot and humid conditions. The BCTF pays transportation costs; food and lodging are provided by our Cuban partners.

The deadline for applications is January 18, 2008. Please send a letter with details of how you meet each of the above requirements and an explanation of why you would like to be a part of the Cuba Project to Anne Field, BCTF International Program, 100-550 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4P2, f: 604-871-2294, afield@bctf.ca. If you have questions, call Anne at 604-871-2251, or 1-800-663-9163 (loc. 2251).

To view a Teacher newsmagazine article about the Cuba Project, go to http://tinyurl.com/24kkpu.

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