As a Schools Assistant
you will become a trusted confidant, mentor, big brother or sister, tutor, and
inspiration to many students, particularly boarders living a long way from
family. Each school will have specific duties that will become your responsibility.
These usually involve a combination of boarding house duties, providing support
to teachers in the classroom and undertaking after-school activities such as
sports coaching. Additionally, if you have skills or interests in a certain
area – be it debating, painting, acting or juggling – use your initiative and
find a way to share it with your students
Our Teaching Assistant volunteers work in a range of welcoming schools
throughout Argentina. As an assistant, you will work alongside local teachers,
helping students with a number of duties inside the classroom. Assistants work
with kindergarten, primary or secondary school children, often helping students
to improve their English language skills. By talking to children in English, you
will help them put into practice the skills they have already learnt in class,
while introducing them to a real-life example of your culture!
As well as helping with the children’s academic progress, you will also
become an active member of staff, helping with playground supervision and
accompanying students on trips and excursions. These are placements where you
will also have the flexibility to bring some of your own personality to your
role. The children are often very excited to have a Lattitude volunteer in
their school, and any after school clubs or activities you decide to set up are
likely to be a big hit!
Most of our Teaching Assistant placements are in boarding schools, so
part of your job will involve looking after students in their boarding houses.
During school hours your duties can include tutoring pupils on a one-to-one
basis, helping with PE lessons and getting involved in extracurricular
activities depending on your skills and interests. School life varies week on
week, and you may also be asked to accompany groups on school trips and
excursions such as swimming, surfing, snorkelling and overnight bushwalks!
We also offer volunteering opportunities in boarding schools that cater
for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders. The main difference between these
placements and their more traditional counterparts is that for students,
English may be their 2nd or even 3rd language.
Your core duties will involve helping permanent staff in the classroom,
which can mean helping to cater to different learning abilities or taking
lessons when teachers are away. As well as helping with academic tutoring, our
host schools aim to make the most of the skills of individual volunteers. So if
you enjoy sports or music you will be put to good use in PE lessons or after
schools clubs as well as participating in outdoor education activities and
If you are placed in one of our host boarding schools, you will also
play an important role in supervising boarding houses. Given that pupils will
often be living far from home, you will become an important presence and role
model for children within the school
You will either be placed in a day or boarding school, and will mainly
be responsible for providing classroom assistance to permanent staff. This
could mean providing one-on-one learning support to students or helping
teachers to prepare and lead lessons. Aside from these teaching duties, you
will also help in other areas of school life.
If you are placed in a boarding school, for example, your role will
involve helping out in the boarding house during the evenings and, in some
cases, at weekends. Students living far from home enjoy activities organised by
Lattitude volunteers, and your presence will provide a role model for younger
students. In day schools, you will also have the opportunity to take part in
activities outside the classroom, such as after-school sports clubs and school
In Poland you will
be based at a variety of schools from pre-school to high school level. You will
officially adopt the position of teaching assistants, but will often be in the
position of planning and taking charge of lessons. You will work alongside
permanent teachers and help with a range of activities, from English teaching
to accompanying children on school trips. There are many activities to get
involved with and volunteer support is much needed and appreciated. It is a
great opportunity to work with young people on a gap year!