Service-Learning Abroad!

TEFL International: www.tefllife.com

Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) is a fantastic way to travel and get paid to do so. TEFL International is a non-profit international training organization, creating intercultural opportunities for our customers through various services including, but not limited to: teacher education, language training, camps, internships, and much more. This organization offers a number of volunteer projects and internships that can be accepted for credit at Marylhurst!

Why teach abroad?

This work allows one to experience cultures and learn languages at locations from Prague to Tokyo. One has the opportunity to establish friendships around the world. This work is also stable. In the age of the internet, English is necessary for business and academia. Because of this, there are always jobs available for TEFL teachers. Teaching children and adults how to express themselves in English, and thereby helping them to achieve what they would not be able to otherwise, makes TEFL teachers respected all over the world.

Get Paid or Get Credit:

For undergarduate students, Service-Learning is an option. Travel to Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal or India and TEFL will work with you to get full-time status (12+ credits) as you are trained as an English teacher and volunteer in a school that cannot afford a native English-speaking teacher. Come back with your incredible memories, great addition to your resume and money. Depending upon your university policy, the cost of this program may be less than a term at home.

If you’ve graduated and you are interested in professional or volunteer positions, with 27 worldwide locations and lifetime job placement assistance, there is sure to be something that strikes you! With courses starting at just $1,590 including housing and salaries that can allow you to save up to $3,000 per month (depending upon the location), you may be able to start a new chapter of your life abroad.

What do TEFL International teachers have to say?

Student and teacher feedback is not only welcomed, it is mandatory. One’s impressions on the training courses and entire TEFL International experience are recorded and posted on www.tefllife.com, unedited and uncesored. Open honesty and interaction have been this organization’s watchword from the start.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Derek and Indy States are Career Placement Counselors ready to answer your questions and provide any assistance necessary in the process of becoming a TEFL International teacher.

services@tefllife.com

Skype: mytraveladvisor

(503) 689 – 3337

Get out there!

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Visionary to Concrete

The classroom is a place to reflect on the physical existence of communities and galvanize ways to better them. The YWCA LearnLinks program  is an after-school tutoring and group mentoring program for children residing in affordable housing facilities throughout the Portland and David Douglas School District. LearnLinks can offer students in education and social and behavioral sciences excellent opportunities to utilize skills and deepen their understanding of issues they are studying in the classroom through hands-on experience.

After a brief training, LearnLinks volunteers work one-on-one or in group learning activities to assist with homework, reinforce basic skills such as reading and math, and play educational games with students. Volunteers with special interests in science, computers or the arts are encouraged to share their skills. LearnLinks also has opportunities for students seeking experience in building community development skills.

The next volunteer orientation is Thursday, September 17th from                      6:00 – 8:30 pm at the downtown YWCA.  To get involved, contact: 

YWCA LearnLinks Program

Tonya Parsons, Program Manager
Phone: 503.721.1752
Time of year: School year
Mailing Address: 1111 SW 10th                                                                        E-mail: tonyap@ywca-pdx.org

Bring what you learn in the classroom to the playground.

It’s “All For Good”

AllForGood

This website, All For Good, helps you find volunteer activities suited to your interests and location.  Here is how it works:

All for Good (AFG) is a simple-to-use web application that helps you find volunteer opportunities in your local community. You can get started by entering search terms (e.g. “seniors” or “education”) at the top of the All for Good home page. Once you enter these initial keywords you’ll be taken to a page of relevant results that will also display a map that pinpoints where the opportunities occur, as well as a location search bar that will let you enter in different cities, states and zip codes to search.

It also allows you to share information about volunteer activities on your social networks:

All for Good allows you to “share” your volunteer opportunities with people in a variety of ways, including through Twitter and MySpace. You can also sign into networks like Facebook, Yahoo, Friend Connect and more. Start by logging into your account in the upper-right hand corner of the All for Good homepage. Then, when you find a volunteer opportunity that’s right for you, click “like” underneath it. When your friends use the site they will then see your name beside opportunities you selected. With networks like Facebook, you’ll also have the option to send that event directly to your activity stream.

All For Good: it’s all good.