English Language Trainer

VSA international

Use you teaching skills to help students to improve their English communication skills in Kiribati.

The Marine Training Centre (MTC) in Kiribati is a government education institution that provides training to young I-Kiribati to become qualified seafarers.

After independence, seafaring presented as the best overseas employment opportunity for I-Kiribati. The Government of Kiribati recognised the importance of labour migration to improve employment opportunity for I-Kiribati; promote economic and social development; and help alleviate poverty.
MTC prepares seafarers for employment on foreign merchant ships and fishing boats, which provides long-term career opportunities for I-Kiribati. Strong written and verbal communication skills in English are essential to gaining employment on these vessels.

In this assignment you will work alongside the Head of Deck Department (MTC) to improve the curriculum, analyse teaching methods and also work with students to improve their English communication skills.

Using the Common European Framework of Reference, you will assess the current competencies of the existing teaching workforce, and develop their capabilities in assessment, monitoring and lesson planning.

You will also work with teachers to produce new resource materials and run workshops designed to upskill staff on resource utilisation.

We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Experience in teaching English as a second language
  • Experience in mentoring and professional development of staff
  • Experience in assessment and moderation processes
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word
VSA volunteers receive a living allowance and accommodation, insurance, and medical costs are provided. Travel arrangements are organised and funded by VSA along with other costs.

VSA’s response to COVID-19
Although we have temporarily put our deployment of volunteers on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainties both within New Zealand and across the wider Pacific, we’re continuing to recruit and build our talent pool of prospective volunteers so we can return to supporting our partner organisations and communities in the wider Pacific as soon as we can.
The Volunteer Recruitment team is continuing to work through all our current applications and keep in touch with applicants.

Recruitment will continue although our usual processes will be amended where necessary to ensure social distancing requirements are maintained, such as a greater emphasis on carrying out interviews remotely.
Meanwhile, Programme Managers are working with partner organisations and on updating assignment descriptions. This work will help us determine which skills and experience our volunteers will need once we begin to redeploy people in the Pacific.