Australian Teaching Project at Schools & Refugee Centres

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Country: Australia,
Type: Medical & Health Care, Teaching & Education,

Teach English in Perth in Western Australia to refugee children from war-torn countries such as Sudan, Somalia and Afghanistan to begin a new life in safety. You'll work as an assistant teacher in the school’s Intensive English Centre (IEC). The IEC was established to give refugee children, who have just arrived in Australia through the United Nations Refugee programme, the opportunity to learn English and adapt to the Australian education system before going into mainstream school education.

You'll work closely with the children in small groups, as an assistant teacher, to help them as much as possible. You'll also have the opportunity to work one-to-one with the children to really give them the attention they need. Many of the children's English is very poor, so this is where you can make a real difference.

Class sizes vary between 10 and 15 children in each IEC class and you will be teaching children between the ages of 4 and 12. The lessons you'll teach generally last for 40 minutes and the school day runs from around 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Your working day will be around 4 to 5 hours of teaching and preparing for your lessons.

The schools employ a number of teachers to work in the IEC Centre who speak the children's native language and this helps tremendously when the children start to learn English.

As well as teaching English, you'll be able to get involved in a number of other subjects within the IEC Centre, such as:

  • Sports
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Maths
  • Art
  • ... and possibly other academic subjects.

This project runs during the school terms. The school terms are as follows:


Term 1 Term Dates Monday  3 February 2014 to Friday  11 April
Term 2 Term Dates Monday 28 April to Friday 4 July
Term 3 Term Dates Monday 21 July to Friday 26 September
Term 4 Term Dates Monday 13 October to Thursday 18 December 

PLEASE NOTE: If you choose to undertake Teaching at the primary schools in Perth during Term 4 (Oct- Dec) your project may be disrupted for 2 weeks due to school swimming lessons.


Your accommodation is a lovely Hostel located in the CBD (Central Business District) of Perth - very central, close to the main train station and shopping district. The Hostel is friendly and relaxing, making it ideal for long term stays.

You'll most likely have your own room, but will share a bathroom with others on your floor. There is an excellent kitchen and storage area for cooking meals and plenty of space to relax.

Entertainment at the Lodge currently includes a pool table, cheap internet access, arcade machines and cable TV (Foxtel), to name a few, but with all the sunshine Perth has, you’ll be out and about enjoying the many outdoor activities!

You are literally a stroll from the Swan River and free CBD transport. Trains and buses are also only a few minutes away to take you to Fremantle, King’s Park or to the many other things to do in the region!

The city centre boasts great shopping, restaurants and pubs, or you can head over to Northbridge for more pubs, nightclubs and multicultural cuisine.

You'll get to work via bus, which stops outside your accommodation.


Not included but that we recommend a weekly budget of AUD$70

4 Weeks £1,395
6 Weeks £1,795
8 Weeks £2,195
10 Weeks £2,595
12 Weeks £2,995
Extra Weeks £200
Start DatesAll year round - you choose your start and finish dates!
DurationFrom 4 weeks to 6 months, subject to visa requirements
RequirementsMinimum age 18, no qualifications necessary (just a good dose of enthusiasm). If you're teaching English, you must be fluent in English.

What's included
►Breakfast only 
►Meeting you at Perth Airport 
►Transfer to your accommodation 
►Full pre-departure support 
►Local in-country team support and backup 
►24-hr emergency support.

What's not includedFlights, Insurance, Food, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.

Who can do this Project?All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages over 18.


Contact Details


BVOL - BUDGET VOLUNTEERING Caravelle House, Goring Road, Worthing BN12 5HY, England

Caravelle House, Goring Road,


BN12 5HY

Telephone 1: +44 (0)207 193 6835


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