July 2020: English House
There are two components to the work:
1. Teaching one or two hours of English classes a day, Monday-Friday. This involves additional time for lesson prep, grading homework, and student interaction. These classes are for non-English majors.
2. Participating in the English House program. Live, hang out with, attend a class with, and participate in organized activities with 3-5 English-major roommates. This is an opportunity for them to practice English and a very unique opportunity for you to get to know and invest in students from this part of the world.
You are encouraged to participate in both components, but it is possible to choose to do one or the other.
You will be part of a team that often consists of volunteers from around the world.
- Plan to arrive by late June.
- Plan to fly home no earlier than August 1st.
- Those who have finished their junior year of college are preferred, however, mature persons who have finished their sophomore year will also be considered.
- It is not necessary to have teaching experience, although that would be helpful.
- There will be a lot of demands on you, so you need to be in good health.
- You should be willing to work as part of a team of volunteers from around the world as soon as you arrive.
Housing and Expenses:
- You may choose to live on your own in a dorm and only teach English classes, or you can choose to live with students in the “English House” residence. The English House requires a commitment on your part to share meals, participate in activities, and spend your free time with your roommates so they can continue to practice their English. This provides a great opportunity for building relationships with the students.
- You are responsible for your airfare and spending money.
Testimonials from English House participants:
“The university where the (OP) mission does most of its work hosted a group of volunteers (including myself) from across the globe and denominational lines, from countries as diverse as the United States, Wales, and the Netherlands. We came to the university to serve in the English Conversation Office (ECO), where we each taught one or two classes. While teaching was our task, we were also dedicated to shining the light of the Gospel into the darkness our students lived in, through relationship-building, prayer, and welcoming students into our lives…”
“English House is only part of what you get to do during the five weeks. You get to experience local life and culture, interact with students from the class you teach, and get to know and participate in the OPC (mission) team there. English House is truly a unique privilege and opportunity…”
Rev. Douglas Clawson
Associate General Secretary
OPC Committee on Foreign Missions