Science Teacher Mentor

VSA international

Improve and support science education in Bougainville.

  • Use your teaching experience to improve science education in Bougainville
  • Grow your professional and personal experience in this emerging island nation
The Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) consists of two large islands and is home to a population of approximately 200,000 people. With over twenty-one languages spoken and considerable cultural diversity between locations, it is a rich and interesting place to discover. The people of Bougainville are extremely resilient. Having emerged from a decade of conflict they are now focused on becoming a peaceful, strong, independent nation.
Before the conflict, Bougainville had one of the top education systems in Papua New Guinea with high performing international and Catholic mission schools and technical training colleges. However, the conflict meant the loss of a large portion of educated adults and resulted in a “lost generation” of children who have not received any formal education at elementary, primary and secondary school levels.
Buin High School (BHS) was established in 1968 and teaches a range of subjects to 700 students aged 12-16. Despite Bougainville’s hardships it scores highly in Science on PNG National rankings and has a reputation for superior standards across AROB. Currently, only science theory is taught but there is an appetite for practical lab-based lessons to further improve and grow this subject.
In this assignment, you will work alongside the current staff at BHS to implement and support the development of a lab-based curriculum. You will provide on the job training, mentoring and design a set of lab protocols to raise the standards of lessons to ensure science students are receiving a well-rounded and enjoyable learning experience.
This is a rewarding chance for an adventurous professional to put their experience into a much-needed area of development.
We are looking for a volunteer with:
  • A degree-level qualification in Science or a related subject
  • At least two years’ experience teaching Science at intermediate/ secondary level
  • Experience working in a school or university lab
  • Experience including practical lab work into a curriculum
  • The ability to mentor and coach others 
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.