The Canadian Palestinian Educational Exchange (CEPAL) is seeking highly motivated individuals looking for a chance to use their teaching and leadership skills in a truly meaningful experience abroad.  We are currently recruiting 2-3 Teachers/ Facilitators and a Team Coordinator for our 2012 Overseas Program.

CEPAL offers a unique opportunity to live for three months in a Palestinian refugee camp while working with children and youth to improve their English skills and build their confidence and life skills through a variety of creative and practical activities. Currently CEPAL is running programs in camps in Beirut.

CEPAL works with local Palestinian non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Volunteers teach as part of after-school programs as well as through less formal workshops and activities. While our classes are in English and help students build the language skills they need to complete their education, we aim to breathe life into the language and build broader life skills through music, art, sports, media, journalism, computer literacy, drama, social intervention, life management, business management, etc.

 

PROGRAM DATES

Mandatory in-person pre-departure orientation: 3 days in June (to be determined according to availability)

Overseas period: Team Coordinator: early August—late November; Teacher/ Facilitators: mid-August—late November (dates can be flexible; please inquire at info@cepal.ca)

Mandatory in-person or conference call debrief: December

 

AVAILABLE POSITIONS

 

Teachers/ Facilitators

Teachers/ Facilitators are highly energetic, self-motivated, adaptable, creative individuals who are passionate about teaching through a range of traditional and non-traditional activities.

Our volunteers facilitate classes and activities for approximately four hours daily, Mondays through Fridays. Volunteers work beyond their scheduled teaching to prepare adequately for their classes or workshops.

We aim to develop teams of volunteers who, together, bring rich teaching experience and specific skillsets. Volunteers share their respective skills and knowledge with each other so that the team’s combined efforts allow CEPAL to deliver dynamic programming that matches the needs of our partners.

Team Coordinator

The Team Coordinator is a strong leader with excellent communications as well as organizational skills.

The Coordinator works with our partner organizations to place volunteers, develop and oversee curriculum objectives, and oversee the teaching program and related activities. The Coordinator is responsible for the overseas program budget, health and safety liaisons with the Canadian Embassy in Beirut, and regular reporting back to CEPAL’s Overseas Program Director. The Coordinator also teaches, but with a reduced workload relative to our dedicated teachers.

 

COST OF PARTICIPATION

Teachers/ Facilitators are required to fundraise CAD$4,000 prior to their departure for Lebanon. The Team Coordinator must raise CAD$3,000. Volunteers may fundraise collectively or individually. A non-refundable participation fee of CAD$500 per volunteer will be due within two weeks of selection.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and be Canadian citizens.  CEPAL encourages individuals of all ages who reflect the diversity of this country to apply.

 

CEPAL maintains high standards when selecting volunteers. We are looking for dynamic Canadians who love working with children and youth, and who have the patience and enthusiasm to teach under difficult circumstances. Volunteers must be motivated and open to living in an environment where familiar comforts are absent, and prepared to deal with frustrating situations (such as cramped classrooms, sporadic electricity and limited resources, etc.) with patience and a smile. Crucially, we are looking to select emotionally mature individuals who are respectful and diplomatic in their dealings with different groups and cultures, and who show a strong interest in learning about new cultures.

Please see the application form for more details on our selection criteria.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Volunteers will be asked to pass a full medical examination and to obtain a police clearance letter prior to departure.
  • CEPAL covers travel, accommodation, and insurance expenses. Volunteers receive a daily stipend in Lebanon to contribute towards food, water, and work-related travel expenses.
  • Volunteers must abide by CEPAL’s rules and regulations. Volunteers must remain non-political and non-partisan in speech and behavior. Volunteers must not engage in any political activities while in Lebanon and must not travel to destinations deemed unsafe by CEPAL.
  • CEPAL reserves the right to cancel the program for security purposes.

 

HOW TO APPLY

  • Applications will only be considered complete if they include a letter of intent, CV, completed application form, and contact information for two references who will be available for a phone call between May 28-31, 2012.
  • Successful applicants must be available for an interview the weekend of May 26-27. Where possible, the interview will take place in-person in Toronto or Ottawa. Successful applicants must be available an in-person 2-3 day group orientation in June (dates to be confirmed based on the best dates for all volunteers). 
  • All applications must be submitted via email on or before May 19, 2012 at midnight ET to the following address: info@cepal.ca Late applications will not be reviewed.
  • CEPAL will send you a confirmation that we have received your application within 24 hours.  If you do NOT receive a confirmation, please email us at cepal2012@gmail.com.

2012_Overseas-Program_Application-Form-19-May-deadline

 

QUESTIONS

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions at info@cepal.ca.  We look forward to your applications and to a fulfilling 2012 program!The Canadian-Palestinian Educational Exchange is looking to send highly motivated individuals seeking the chance to use their teaching and leadership skills in a truly meaningful experience abroad. CEPAL offers a unique opportunity to learn about life in a Palestinian refugee camp, while working with children to improve their language skills through teaching, arts, sports, and other hands-on activities.

CEPAL works with local Palestinian NGOs. Volunteers teach as part of their after-school programs, or through less formal workshops and activities. While we focus on providing English classes, we are also looking for people who can teach music, art, sports, media, journalism, computer skills, drama, social intervention, life skills, etc.

We are currently recruiting 2-3 English teachers and a Team Coordinator.

PROGRAM DATES

Mandatory pre-departure orientation: 2 days in August (likely 6-7 August)

Overseas period: early September—mid-December

Mandatory debrief: early January (may be via conference call)

AVAILABLE POSITIONS

 

English Teachers

CEPAL English teachers are highly energetic, self-motivated, creative individuals who are passionate about teaching through a range of traditional and non-traditional activities.

Our volunteers facilitate classes and activities for approximately four hours daily, Mondays through Fridays. Volunteers work beyond their scheduled teaching to prepare adequately for their classes or workshops.

Volunteers teach English through a variety of classroom, workshop, and hands-on activities. We match the skills and interests of our volunteers with the needs or our partner organizations.

Team Coordinator

The CEPAL team coordinator is a strong leader with excellent communications as well as organizational skills.

The CEPAL coordinator works with our partner organizations to place volunteers, develop and oversee curriculum objectives, and oversee the teaching program and related activities. The coordinator is responsible for the overseas program budget, health and safety liaisons with the Canadian Embassy in Beirut, and regular reporting back to CEPAL’s Overseas Program Director. The coordinator also teaches, but with a reduced workload relative to our dedicated teachers.

COST OF PARTICIPATION

English teachers are required to fundraise CAD$4,000 prior to their departure for Lebanon. The Team Coordinator must raise CAD$2,000. Volunteers may fundraise collectively or individually. A non-refundable participation fee of CAD$500 per volunteer will be due within two weeks of selection.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and be Canadian citizens/ permanent residents.  CEPAL encourages individuals of all ages who reflect the diversity of this country to apply.

CEPAL maintains high standards when selecting volunteers. We are looking for dynamic Canadians who love working with children, and who have the patience and enthusiasm to teach under difficult circumstances. Volunteers must be motivated and open to living in an environment where familiar comforts are absent, and prepared to deal with frustrating situations (such as cramped classrooms, sporadic electricity and resources, etc.) with patience and a smile. Crucially, we are looking to select emotionally mature individuals who are respectful and diplomatic in their dealings with different groups and cultures, and who show a strong interest in learning about new cultures.

Please see the application form for more details on our selection criteria for teachers and Team Coordinator.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send your curriculum vitae, a letter of intention, your completed summer program application form, as well as contact information for two references by Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 to: info@cepal.ca.  Your references must be available for a phone call between June 23—30.

Please indicate which position you are applying to in the application form. We will automatically consider those who apply for Team Coordinator for teaching positions.

CEPAL will send you a confirmation that we have received your application within 24 hours.  If you do NOT receive a confirmation, please email us at cepal2012@gmail.com.

2012_Overseas-Program_Application-Form (19 May deadline)

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Volunteers will be asked to pass a full medical examination prior to departure.
  • Volunteers will receive a daily stipend in Lebanon to contribute towards food, water, and work-related travel expenses.
  • Volunteers must abide by CEPAL’s rules and regulations. Volunteers must remain non-political and non-partisan in speech and behavior. Volunteers must not engage in any political activities while in Lebanon and must not travel to destinations deemed unsafe by CEPAL.
  • The Overseas Program will carry through only if the security situation in Lebanon is deemed acceptable by CEPAL’s security standards. CEPAL reserves the right to cancel the program for security purposes.

QUESTIONS

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions at info@cepal.ca.  We look forward to your applications and to a fulfilling fall program!

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