June/July 2018 (inter trimester break between T1 and T2) Final dates to be confirmed.
Monday 5 March 2018 (closing Sunday 25 March)
- WEEK 1: March 7 and 8 GEP 2018 Workshop - covering application process, unit options, Q&A. View a copy of the presentation here:
To learn more about the GEP Vanuatu experience, come to an information session:
- WEEK 2: GEP Vanuatu
- Friday 16 March 12:00PM in N3.11 (Burwood) and KA3.203 (Waurn Ponds). Online option available. Email email@example.com for conection details.
Situated in the South Pacific region and some 4 hours flight time from Melbourne, the Republic of Vanuatu is a tropical, multicultural island nation of about 260,000 people living on over 90 islands and speaking almost a hundred languages.
Participants in the Vanuatu program can be expected to be challenged not only by the beauty of living on a tropical island but also by the many issues confronting this small, poor nation as it emerges from decades of colonial rule. The Vanuatu Department of Education is strongly supportive of this program and individual schools will warmly welcome you.
The teaching program takes place on the main island of Efate during the Inter-trimester break in the last two weeks of June and the first week of July. Teaching in ni-Van schools requires a high degree of cultural sensitivity and respect for Kustom / cultural practice. With large classes (up to 45 students in primary classes), few of the 'normal' teaching and learning resources and different teaching practices, participants in this program need to show initiative, flexibility, adaptability and a sense of humour when working with ni-Van / local students and teachers. The benefit is that you will develop new skills and a stronger commitment to teaching.
There are opportunities to teach in both primary and secondary schools (all subjects). Most of the schools are located in the capital, Port Vila, and nearby villages and islands. You will travel to and from your school each day by bus or boat.
Teaching in schools in Vanuatu is a challenging experience. Students are keen to learn, they speak at least 3 languages, student-based learning is a recent strategy and class sizes are often large and the classrooms can be hot and are often not well resourced. Classes start at 7.30am!? Students love having you in their classes and they will encourage you to fully engage in their culture. The classroom language of instruction is English, but outside students and staff will speak the national language, Bislama. Younger children are taught in Bislama.
Past students have reported that they learned to: build relationships with students – connecting to the interests and needs of the children; teach with minimal resources; organise and improvise in a challenging and sometimes-chaotic environment; and resilience.
Use the tabs at the top of this page to find out more about program eligibility, costs and funding and application process.