VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Carolyn A. Miller Elementary School

The following are the volunteer opportunities at the Carolyn A. Miller Elementary School. If you have any questions about the positions, please e-mail volunteer@vaafd.com

Elementary School Teacher (VCE01) - Teachers are needed in grades K-6 in a wide variety of subjects such as English, Math, History, Science, and Religious Morals and Education. Previous teaching experience is a must.

Teacher's Assistant (VCE02) - Classes are large at CAMES, and to prevent the most vulnerable students from being left behind, class room assistants are deeply needed. This may involve working with one student in the classroom setting or privately in the library as a tutor.

Playtime Coordinator (VCE03) - CAMES students love to jump rope and play football. Join these active kids in what they love to do, or organize some fun of your own. Please note that resources in the camp are minimal but can be purchased in Accra or brought from home.

After School Activities Assistant (VCE04) - School recesses at 1:00 and that is when the after school activities begin. Students have pen pals in the US and often this time is spent replying to their friends abroad. There are also several sports teams in need of supportive coaching, while after school clubs need mentoring and guidance.

Feeding Program Assistant (VCE05) - This is a new program for CAMES, which started in September 2007. Feeding 500 hungry students is a large undertaking, and extra hands are always needed to help the cooks and instructors keep meal time orderly.

 

Carolyn A. Miller High School

The following are the volunteer opportunities at the Carolyn A. Miller High School. If you have any questions about the positions, please e-mail volunteer@vaafd.com

High School Teacher (VCH01) - Teachers are needed in grades 7-12 in a wide variety of subjects such as English, Math, History, Science, and Religious Morals and Education. Previous teaching experience is a must. Teachers of English are especially needed to help students prepare for the West African Exam.

Class Room Assistant (VCH02) - Assistants are needed to prevent the most vulnerable students from being left behind. This may involve working with one or a small group of students in the classroom setting or privately as a tutor.

West African Exam Tutors (VCH03) - Each year, Grade 9 and Grade 12 students write the West-African Exam (national test given to all students in West African countries). These tests are of great importance in terms of not only being an indicator of the education level nationally, but also for students who want to pursue post-secondary education or work in any field. Teachers of English are especially needed to help students prepare for this exam as a large portion is reading comprehension and writing. Because many of these students have been out of school for several years, special attention is needed to prepare for this exam. Tutors will meet with one to several students after school to detect deficiencies and help prepare them for this major exam.

Big Brother/Big Sister (VOA01) - You will be matched up with a same sex child from either the elementary school or high school (your choice) in order to provide moral support and companionship to a child in need. This project can be combined with any of the other volunteer opportunities. Extra sensitivity to refugee issues, Liberian culture and compassion is a must. It is recommended that volunteers meet with their Little Brother or Little Sister two-three times a week for an hour. Volunteer commitments of 3 weeks more would be beneficial to help develop rapport. It is possible for Big Brothers and Big Sisters to maintain contact once the volunteer returns home through letters and email.

Healthcare Coordinator (VHC01) - Innovative instructional seminars and workshops are needed to create and maintain awareness of these growing heath threats. Interested applicants should have academic knowledge of developing countries health care needs and be able to transfer that information to the public in creative ways.

 

Carolyn A. Miller Community College

The following are the volunteer opportunities at the Carolyn A. Miller Community College. If you have any questions about the positions, please e-mail volunteer@vaafd.com

Computer Instructor (VCC01) - Volunteers should be able to provide instruction in one of the following: Hardware, Networking & Software (AutoCAD, Corel Draw, Office Package, Adobe Photoshop or Computer Programming).

Theology Instructor (VCC02) - Theology Instructor (VCC02) - a degree or formal education/experience in this field is required for this position.

Business Administration Instructor (VCC03) - a degree or formal education/experience in this field is required for this position.

Architecture Instructor (VCC04) - a degree or formal education/experience in this field is required for this position.

Adult Literacy Instructor (VAL01) - Many Liberian adults have completed little or no formal education due to the War or simply not having the financial means. VAAFD provides a free opportunity for adults on the Buduburam Refugee Camp to learn and practice English. Teachers work on basic understanding of English and written and oral communication skills. Fluency in speaking, reading and writing English is required for this placement.