Locations: Various schools in Northern Canada that need Classroom Assistants- volunteer will need to be present in person
Duration of the placement: Starting end of August 2023 – ending June 2024
Language Requirements: English
Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada are eligible.
The Volunteer’s Role for the Classroom Assistants
How might you be perceived? Have a good and long-lasting change in Native American communities! As a classroom assistant, you’ll work with students to share your knowledge as an educator and your life experiences, motivate them to learn and pursue higher education, and give them hope that they may achieve their goals.
You will connect your classroom to a network of other classrooms in various schools in Northern Canada that are also led by other Classroom Assistants like yourself in order to help facilitate the e-learning program for students in grades 4 through 12.
You will engage in activities within and outside of the classroom, work closely with assigned teachers (including the host teacher), Participants participate in multicultural activities during the academic year to engage with the community.
This job is for you if you’re a self-driven person who enjoys learning about indigenous cultures, educating, and being active in the community.
When applying for the Classroom Assistants you are allowed to:
- Work as a tutor at the school (advantages of math and/or science)
- Under the immediate supervision of the headteacher, assist the pupils during class.
- Track the development of the pupils and update the instructors in the classroom.
- Accompany and keep an eye on children when they engage in school-sponsored activities in the school’s gym, labs, libraries, resource centers, and on field trips.
- Participate in community and school-based fundraising initiatives.
- Provide assistance in other areas (such as computer education, art, music, or sports) in accordance with your qualifications, experience, and interests as well as the demands of the school.
- A diploma from college or a completed degree
- The capacity to pass a police vulnerable sector check
- Must be at present in Canada
Background knowledge is required
- especially for pupils with special needs, in teaching or presenting material to children and young people.
- Understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada (work with Indigenous Peoples experience a plus)
- Proficient working knowledge of pupils in high school
- Show that you are aware of various learning preferences.
- Be attentive to cultural differences and open to learning about other cultures.
- Computer adept and technologically savvy
- Prior volunteer or employment experience, either in Canada or abroad.
- Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational abilities
What does it mean to YOU?
An event that changed my life! Every volunteer experience is different.
Read about the effects of earlier volunteers in Canada’s north here: Richard Marlow (Fort McPherson), Nathan Burrows (Fort McPherson), Lois Boody (Fort Resolution), Kim Quy Nguyen (Fort Resolution), Niroja Thirugnanasampanthar (Fort Providence), Patrick Woodcock (Paulatuk), and Jana Kasparova (Tuktoyaktuk).
Information about the participating schools and Cuso International
Cuso International: Classroom Assistants
Cuso International is an organization that promotes international collaboration and development and seeks to give excluded communities access to economic and social possibilities.
We are concentrating our efforts, together with those of our partners, on driving social and economic inclusion, gender equality, and progress on climate change.
We think that by pooling our talents, we can create better futures.
Cuso International was established in 1961 and operates throughout Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Council for Beaufort Delta Education
The BDEC is the most northerly school board in the Northwest Territories, with all eight villages and nine schools located north of the Arctic Circle.
It is also in charge of roughly 200 administrators, teachers, and support staff, who work with 1382 students in the area.
Working with schools in Aklavik, Inuvik, Fort McPherson, Paulatuk, and Tuktoyaktuk at the moment is Cuso International.
Council for South Slave Divisional Education
The Council’s goal is to aim to equip students to create their futures.
The Council is in charge of the education of over 1300 (JK–12) children in the South Slave region.
Their main duty is to fulfill the educational requirements of the South Slave region’s students.
Currently, Cuso International is collaborating with the schools in Hay River and Fort Resolution.