Gain classroom-based teaching experience in a local Deaf school
Work alongside local teachers and support D/deaf students
What will I do?
You will work alongside local English-speaking teachers in one of our partner Deaf schools.
Your work will include assisting in classes, helping with vocational training and getting involved with sports and other cultural activities. Class sizes are small, normally around 10 to 15 students.
We will ask you about your skills, interests, previous experience and talents to help us match you to the most suitable school and ensure your work is worthwhile and rewarding.
You will have free time in the afternoons and weekends to spend with your hosts, meet up with other volunteers, relax on the beach in Sri Lanka, explore the markets in Ghana or walk through the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal.
Teaching Add-ons are a great way to get teaching experience in a Deaf school in another country and give something back by sharing and building on your professional experience from back home.
Who can do a Teaching Add-on?
Anyone who wants to work in a Deaf school after completing a 2 Week Group Trip.
Teaching Add-ons suit volunteers who want to extend their trip for several weeks or months, who don’t want daily support from VoluntEars staff and are happy to travel independently at weekends.
We welcome a fantastic variety of volunteers. Common backgrounds are:
- D/deaf and hearing people of all ages
- Teachers of the Deaf
- Students training to be teachers of the Deaf or studying BSL or Deaf Studies
- Families including a D/deaf or hard-of-hearing person
If you’re from a different background and want to check your suitability then contact us.
Will I be by myself?
It’s common to have 1 or 2 volunteers in each Deaf school and you’ll always have the company of your welcoming local host family, not to mention lots of new work colleagues!
Remember it’s increasingly common for couples, families or a group of friends to join if you know people who also want to go on the same dates.
We can arrange for you to volunteer at the same school and either live close together or at the same accommodation.
Contact us to discuss your preferences.
Where will I stay?
Most volunteers doing Teaching Add-ons normally stay with a local host family or in hostel accommodation. This is usually walking distance to your school and means you really get to experience the local way of life.
Don’t be surprised if you’re the star guest at a lavish Buddhist wedding or if your host’s neighbours ask for your autograph on the first day!
All accommodation is thoroughly checked by our local team and a detailed Accommodation Profile including contact details and photos is sent to you before leaving home.
"I had the opportunity to help fellow D/deaf people"
“The best thing I’ve done in years”
“Valuable, memorable, fun, productive, amazing!”
“A specialised organisation that guarantees the right support - all my worries vanished”
“Working with turtles was the best thing!”
“Enlightening, rewarding, motivating, amazing”
“I grew in confidence and enjoyed helping people”
"I really enjoyed designing and painting the wall mural in one of the classrooms. It was a fantastic experience."
"An enriching and fulfilling experience with an opportunity to embrace Sri Lanka's way of life and culture"
"It's changed my way of thinking and seeing things. Join today because it's brilliant! It's a once in a lifetime opportunity"
"There was an equal balance of work, group activities and sightseeing"
“I knew this was a perfect opportunity”
“I made new friends and was able to use my sign language skills”
“I can’t fault VoluntEars - they run everything smoothly from beginning to end”