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CIDS4KIDS-NEW HOPE SCHOOL
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED
CIDS NEW HOPE PREP-SCHOOL
WELLINGTON, FREETOWN SIERRA LEONE.

Introduction: CIDS NEW HOPE Preparatory School is an educational service School run by the Children Integrated Development Services (CIDS). CIDS is a humanitarian organization registered and recognized by the government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of social welfare, gender and children affairs, and the Ministry of Internal affairs. CIDS NEW HOPE Preparatory School was established in 2009. The school serves the Wellington Philip Street, mount Zion and pick-up farm communities in Freetown. The CIDS NEW HOPE Preparatory School has a population of 148 pupils.

The CIDS NEW HOPE School is affiliated with the CHILDREN INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT SERVICES (CIDS) a non- religious, non-governmental and not profit making organization. The aims are to help educate those underprivileged and orphan children, help reduce child poverty in these communities and to also help develop the communities through them. Thus, we felt the dire need to establish a Preparatory School to serve children and people in these communities.

The civil war in Sierra Leone caused a serious cracked in the educational system of the country which negative effects still persist even after the war, increasing the already national problem of high illiteracy and poverty rate amongst women and children. Ebola also left 1000s of children orphan and needy.








Who can volunteer

We are looking for volunteers to teach in the School. We need volunteers to teach nursery kids, teach prep 1, 2,3,4,5 and 6. Volunteers to primary school sciences, math and English. Train kids to dance and drama. For the Head office we need volunteers who have an in-depth knowledge and experience in fundraising activities. You will fundraise for the organization to help the needy children. volunteer between the ages of 18-65.

We need: •Both male and female volunteers who love working with and for children and their community.

•Volunteers who have a flair for creativity. You will teach small classes in prep 1-5

•Qualified teachers and general volunteers are all welcome.

• Teachers who would like to organize in service training for local staff.

• Nursery specialists.

• Being able to learn foreign language is an added advantage General attributes we expect from all volunteers:

• Anyone who is broadminded and ready to live a simple lifestyle in simple surroundings.

• Couples as well as small groups are welcome, likewise either gender.

• Both long and short term volunteers are welcomed.



Volunteer job

You will be engaged in various activities, mainly teaching in the school and helping out in other CIDS’ children development projects. It may take time however to get on side with the school kids, so patience and a good sense of humour are an asset. Besides this, on holidays, you can organize special activities in the school, such as art classes, recorder lessons, tutoring reading etc.
Volunteers will either be assigned to help out at CIDS head office. At school you will teach nursery kids of ages 3-5 and primary children of ages 5-12. We encourage volunteers to focus on teaching remedial reading and writing and working with arts and crafts with the children. You’ll teach at the school, in coordination with the local teachers. While sometimes-local teachers teach with the volunteers, most often volunteers plan, teach, assess, and evaluate on their own with very little guidance. You will be required to teach any of the following academy subjects, math, science, language art, reading and tutorial program, literature, history, geography, phonics and handwriting. You are encouraged to give your input and try (or share) new teaching techniques. The children will take some time to get used to each volunteer’s unique style, but the results you will see are wonderful.

What you can do beforehand: If you don’t have much experience teaching and if you have some free time, it would benefit you to get some experience planning lessons/units, teaching, and working with kids. Also the coordinator can help you out if you have any doubts about your suitability or how to fit into the classroom.

School Opening Times:
School Hours: Monday – Friday: 7:45 am – 2:00 pm. 7:45 am – 8:15 am (Assembly) 8:20 am – 8:30 am (calling of School register) 8:30 am- 10:30 am (Lesson time) 10:30 am- 12: 00 pm (Break) 12:00 pm – 12: 30 pm (Lunch) and 12:35 pm –2:00 pm (home) School Terms : Term 1, 1st week of September – 2nd week of December. Term 2, 1st week of January – 1st week of April. Term 3, 3rd week of April – 3 week of July.

(Your volunteering service is highly needed). (CIDS 4 KIDS, WELLINGTON PREP-SCHOOL PROJECT) We need volunteers from all walks of life who can help from wherever they are or by working with us in Sierra Leone for any number of days/weeks/months or years. We need you to help teach, train our staff, pupils and to provide services to the community. We welcome professionals, students and trainees to do work experience or to do their electives/internship.


What to expect

To help in fund raising for our going projects during your volunteering period with us by using the internet.
To visit our other projects outside Freetown.

To learn new languages and culture during your stay.
To teach children who knows little or nothing about your culture.

To teach little children from different communities and homes background.

Expect to meet children in from very poor homes and community.

To help develop mini projects within the project.

To pay a transportation cost pick-up fees of $ 50 USD from the Lungi international airport. This will cover taxi fare from one point to another and it also covers ferry cost.



Management

Mr. Collins Forest Rich is the project manager of CIDS4KIDS project and he is the one responsible for all communication with all potential donors and volunteers. He is a married man with children and he is very receptive. Come and volunteer with us in Sierra Leone. Mr. Collins has a wealth of experience in working and living with volunteers from all over the world. He manages different projects. Has a team of workers and local volunteers who are always ready to work. Admin officer, teachers and social workers all working in the interest of the project(s)



Accommodation

Accommodation: (HOME STAY) Accommodation is simple but spacious. There are mosquito nets over the beds and one volunteer to a room. There are 9 people living in our apartment. The house is located within walking distance from the school. We shall make sure that you drink purified pure water throughout your stay. The national electricity power supply is not constant and there is community water taps and wells, where clean water is usually fetched for washing of clothes and bathing. There is also a small petrol generator which may be used to generate electricity in the absence of power. There is a comfortable bedroom. There are three flush toilets for the home. During the rainy seasons water for washing is collected from the house roof.
The accommodation is located near a small community field where children and youth comes to play every evening and sometimes in the morning. Volunteers could run around the field in the morning as health exercise.


Accommodation & Food cost

HOME STAY ACCOMMODATION IS FREE

FOOD COST IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF VOLUNTEERS TO PREPARE OR PURCHASE FOOD OF THEIR CHOICE.



Environment

The people in these communities and its surroundings are very peaceful, receptive and nice to strangers, especially to those who will come to help their children. There are no acts of violence in these communities. Wellington is in between Kissy and Calaba town. Wellington is located in the eastern part of Freetown .On the other side of Wellington is the sea and the island-like airport. The communities are set up on some of the most beautiful hills of Freetown; although its roads are rough to walk on. These communities has a population of about 7-8 thousand people. The people who live in these communities are made of all the tribes in Sierra Leone. They are very friendly and welcoming, although poverty is high.
Electricity supply is not constant and water is fetched from wells during the dry season from November -June. The people in these communities speak Krio (pigeon English) and British English.




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