Help get creative teaching English in Miass, Russia

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  • Description

    Description

    We're looking for a volunteer with fluent English (min.B2) to help in our English language club for children and adults from September 2017 till May 2018.
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    Hello, I'm Maria, a founder of an English Club.
    According to Oxford Dictionary "artful" has 2 meanings: 1) Clever or skilful 2) Showing creative skill or taste. Which means we're clever enough to understand that English should not be taught two hours a week. And we are already experienced and skillful enough to make the learning process really exciting and to create a cultural space and learning environment for those who want to really USE this international language as a means of communication. We're trying to enhance the students' desire to come back to our Club over and over again, more and more often. We want our students to LIVE English not only LEARN it.
    Besides, integrating English in Arts can be really efficient. Thus we practice speaking in Drama activities. We help preschoolers acquire new lexis by means of creating strong associative bends through visual arts, paiting and drawing, crafts. We encourage teenagers to learn English along with Harry Potter characters as well as read other fiction. We help adults overcome their barriers through playing board games, composing stories as well as performing humourous sketches.

    Thus, except for traditional English classes, we offer our students:
    - different events and celebrations in English, not only to learn the cultures of English-speaking countries but also customs and traditions of our foreign guests' countries.
    - creative workshops in English
    - board games for speaking skills practice
    - drama in English
    - English Holidays (English City Camp during school breaks: November, January, April, June, July, August)
    - Storytime in a library (the idea borrowed from the U.S. children's libraries)
    - etc.

    The importance of meeting foreigners face to face is hard to overstate. We are located rather far from the beaten tourists tracks and can hardly enjoy crowds of foreigners. Besides, few of our city folks may afford travelling abroad as often as necessary for keeping a good level of conversational English. Thus we give people a chance to have a real practice for their English speaking skills.

    We welcome volunteers from all over the world for the academic year from September till June. You can stay as long as you wish (usually the visa is not more than 90 days).
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    FAQ
    1. Accomodation, meal: host family (share the meals with the family or cook in their kitchen)
    2. Visa: please, make all the enquiries long-long time in advance. The procedure is time-consuming.
    3. Please, do not ask to buy you a ticket.

    Thank you!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Language practice
    Art project
    Other
    Teaching

  • Help

    Help

    We're looking for a person to conduct English classes and participate in different events in our English Club. You are not necessarily to be a native speaker, if so, your spoken English level should be at least Intermediate. Of course people with ANY experience in work with children and in Arts would be greatly welcomed.

    If you're fond of fine arts or handicrafts, give your fancy full scope in helping us to prepare decorations, costumes and props for the performances or celebrations. Maybe, just like in Savva Mamontov's private theatre, where the most talented artists were discovered and united, you will discover new talents in yourself! )))
    Or you may conduct your own craft workshops in English.

    Children like to play Board and card games along with active games. If you have any board/card games out of use, collecting dust in your garage, take them along! We're also working on adjusting some board games for EFL learners and any help from volunteers with good skills in graphic arts and polygraphy would be an asset.

    If you have any teaching experience, you're free to employ your own program or the program you are used to.

    We also hunger for any books in English for early readers as well as any books with pictures.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Russian, English, Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We're ready to provide you a hosting family.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The city of Miass is situated in the South Urals, in the depth of Russia. The life here is different from fussy life in Moscow or other big cities. There's splendid nature (lakes, forests, mountains) and wonderful holiday resorts in any time of the year: one of the clearest lakes in Russia - Turgoyak in summer, mountain skiing and snowboarding in winter... Besides there're some other places of interest ...

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Our volunteers will see the real life in the province of a big big country/

  • ...

    Volunteering hours expected

    4

My Photo Album

Winter in the Southern Urals. Awesome.
Winter. The view to Taganay mountains (the photo made in the outskirts of Zlatoust - a town not far from Miass)
Rehearsal in masks (preschool class)
The little Snowmen (preschool class)
'Rider' - one of the ski slopes. This one is located within the limits of the city
The lake of Turgoyak - the Pearl of the Urals
After the performance "Little Red Riding Hood Lost in the Fairy-tale Land" (the director on the left and half of the cast)
Little Red Riding Hood in the Magic Forest
The Three Bears and sleeping Goldielocks on stage
Afte the performance "The Wolf and the Kids" devoted to Mother's Day
Miass - the city in the Golden Valley










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