Location: Merapoh, Malaysia
Category: Rainforest, Education
Job Type: Internship
Contract Length: 3 Months Minimum
Application Closing Date: Ongoing – Apply Now
Start Date: September 2018
Teaching is an incredibly rewarding experience. Doing so abroad adds a whole new challenging dimension, overcoming language and cultural barriers. This internship is perfect for someone looking for that challenge and will require both enthusiasm and patience to work closely with the Batek. These are indigenous people of Malaysia who have a close relationship with the forests in which they live and speak their own Batek language.
Whats in it for you?
Throw yourself deep into Malaysian culture, gaining experience in teaching along the way. Based in Merapoh, this role gives you the opportunity to impart your passion for knowledge and learning on the local Batek and Malay children, giving them the tools they need for a bright future.
Skills for your CV:
- Excellent communication skills used to educate, influence and inform
- Efficient organisation and planning skills through developing lesson plans and materials
- Time management and meeting deadlines
- Good at building rapport and relationships with students
- Effective people management skills, ensuring positive student behaviours and a sense of respect in the classroom
- Knowledge and enthusiasm for subject matter; science, maths and language
- Adaptability, flexibility and problem solving to overcome language barriers and deal with challenges
- Free accommodation based at our house in Merapoh with a fantastic rooftop view. You’ll be in mixed rooms with the other project interns and volunteers will be staying in the house allowing you to mix with some wonderful people.
- Free food! You’ll get access to communal staff food at each project base where you’ll cook alongside other interns. Feel free to treat yourself to some local Malaysia cuisine too, particularly at the local night markets.
- Exciting experiences with the project volunteers such as caving, bushcraft, and camping in rotation with the other interns
- An additional allowance of RM250 per month after 6 months, if you commit to a longer term internship
- Free Wifi! The accommodation is a stone’s throw away from a free internet centre so even whilst in the jungle you can keep your Instagram up to date.
- When volunteers are on the project, we’ll be honest, your week will be pretty busy but the project manager will make sure you get a break and when you’re less busy you can take full advantage of the opportunity to see a little more of Malaysia.
- All work related expenses (Unfortunately this doesn’t include your travel to or from Malaysia)
- Written reference letter upon completion of internship. We’ll do our best to help you land your dream job
What we need from you
To apply for this role you’ll need to meet a few requirements and be committed and passionate to educating the Batek and local communities. Find out a bit more about the role itself by reading about the duties you’ll be completing throughout the internship.
- Strong interest in teaching, experience desirable
- Enthusiatic and passionate to share knowledge with students
- Excellent communication skills
- Highly organised and ability to work to a schedule
- Team player but also comfortable working independently
- Efficient time management skills and ability to work to deadlines
- Flexible and adaptable. Ability to use initiative
- IT competency
- Good level of English, verbal and written. Ability to speak Bahasa Malay is desirable but not essential.
- Love of the outdoors and rainforest
- Driving license preferable (manual license desirable)
Key duties and responsibilities
- Host three weekly teaching sessions for the Batek, including basic maths, science and language (Malay & English). Provide additional lessons for more advanced students.
- Develop a syllabus and produce teaching materials and lesson plans accordingly, storing all materials for future use
- Continue to develop and expand the relationship with the Batek, accompanying them on trips in to the forest, or delivering activities other than teaching e.g. sports
- Work with the local government school to provide English lessons for the Malay students
- Collect photos and videos of activities for social media where appropriate and produce blogs about your experience when requested
- Help with fundraising initatives for the project
- When required, assist the project manager and other interns with volunteer and research activities including trekking, camping, bushcraft, and caving
- Report to your supervisor and collaborate with other interns when necessary, maintaining open communication at all times
- Follow agreed timetables to deliver work in a timely fashion
- Display a professional example to local community members, volunteers and colleagues
- Follow instructions as delivered by project managers when on site
- Ensure the project house is kept clean and tidy, assisting with daily chores on a rota basis
- Adherence to all safety measures, protocols, procedures and budgets as directed by Fuze Ecoteer
- Any other duties that may be required including; group events, cover for colleague’s leave and illness, providing adequate notice of travel arrangements (work related or personal)
If that’s not enough to convince you, check out this video of the project from a few years back that was made by our volunteer coordinators. While a few things may have changed it’ll give you a pretty good idea about the project.