What's it all about?
Wales and Lesotho in southern Africa might not seem like the most likely of couples, but since the Dolen Cymru link was launched in 1985 the two countries have formed a strong bond. Individuals, communities and organisations in both countries have all benefitted from the partnership, and now over 130 schools are linked, reaching over 40,000 children in Wales.
Each year teachers from Wales are given the chance to take the 8,600 mile trip to Lesotho to visit schools and share skills. The project lasts for about six months – from January to June and is a fantastic opportunity to work in the mountainous Kingdom of Lesotho and share your experiences with schools in Wales.
What does it involve?
For its 2018 programme, Dolen Cymru is looking for three individuals to take up the posts of Teachers/teacher trainers on the programme. You will be based in Thaba Tseka, a rural town in the highlands of Lesotho, working in local Primary Schools who have been part of the education programme for two years. You will also deliver training to the local teacher training college and other schools in the wider District.
Exactly what you’ll teach will depend on your own experience and ability, but it will most likely also include some English, Maths and a few extra-curricular activities.
It won’t be easy, but it will be rewarding and something you remember for years to come.
You can view a job description on the Dolen Cymru website.
What training do I need?
To apply all you need is to be a fully qualified teacher or NQT who is from Wales, teaching in Wales or trained in Wales. If your application’s successful you’ll be given a series of training courses to prepare you for the project – from basic travel help and advice to information on local culture and the Lesotho education system. You can read about these in more detail in the FAQs section of the Dolen Cymru website.
What does it cost?
The project is incredibly important to both countries and this is reflected in the funding and organisation. Dolen Cymru will arrange all your flights, transfers, accommodation, placements, insurance and support, as well as provide a monthly salary to cover the cost of accommodation and living expenses. This is usually in the region of £640 a month.
Can I apply?
There are a few simple requirements for the programme, but it’s nothing you wouldn’t expect. To apply you need to be:
- A qualified teacher from Wales or teaching in a school in Wales
- Or a student teacher currently training in Wales, who will be qualified by September this year
- In possession of a valid passport (passports must be valid for at least six months before entry)
- Able to cope with conditions very different to that in the UK
- In good physical and mental health.
When’s the deadline?
Applications for 2018 are open and close at 17.00 on Friday 25 August 2017.
Visit the Dolen Cymru website for more information and to complete an application form.