Teach English in Perth in Australia to refugee children from war-torn countries. You'll work as a volunteer assistant teacher in the school’s Intensive English Centre (IEC).

The IEC was established to give refugee children, who have just arrived in Australia through the United Nations Refugee programme, the opportunity to learn English and adapt to the Australian education system before going into mainstream school education. These children come from countries such as Sudan, Somalia and Afghanistan to begin a new life in safety.

Internships/Work Experience: This placement is also suitable for anyone needing Work Experience or an Internship to satisfy their college, university or career requirements. You'll learn how the education system runs in a different country and your communication skills, important in all walks of life, will get a huge boost!

FREE TOUR OF PERTH: If you do any placement in Perth, a CITY CULTURAL TOUR is included for free! You'll soak up Perth, from the relaxed yet buzzing atmosphere to the impressive cultural elements. This is a wonderful way to get to know your new home.


Hi, I'm Katie, Project Coordinator for Australia, and I'll be working with you to arrange your ultimate experience here, so if you've any questions, please contact me:
+44 (0)1903 502595,
or email: info@travellers
Price: £2,595 (approx. US$$3,300) for 4 weeks
£300 (US$375) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 4 weeks to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: Projects start every Thursday, during school term times only (see “Work Content”) – you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements: No qualifications or experience required, but you must be enthusiastic. You should also be aged 18 or over.
What's included: Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance,
Breakfast (Monday to Saturday)
Meeting you at the nearest airport,
Transfer to your accommodation
Local in-country team support and backup,
24-hr emergency support,
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Food, Daily transport to and from your project, Return transfer to airport.
Who can do this Programme? This project is open to all nationalities. Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in coaching sports or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work in teaching and coaching, projects abroad or study abroad. Also available as a summer placement in volunteering with children in Australia.


  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

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Children in a classroom
Children in a classroom ... apparently enjoying sitting on the floor!.


You'll work closely with the children in small groups, as an assistant teacher, to help them as much as possible. You'll also have the opportunity to work one-to-one with the children to really give them the attention they need. Many of the children's English is very poor, so this is where you can make a real difference.

Class sizes vary between 10 and 15 children in each IEC class and you will be teaching children between the ages of 4 and 12. The lessons you'll teach generally last for 40 minutes and the school day runs from around 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Your working day will be around 4 to 5 hours of teaching and preparing for your lessons.

The schools employ a number of teachers to work in the IEC Centre who speak the children's native language and this helps tremendously when the children start to learn English. As well as teaching English, you'll be able to get involved in a number of other subjects within the IEC Centre, such as:

  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Maths / Science
  • Sports
  • And possibly other academic subjects

This project runs during the school terms. The school terms are as follows:


  • Term 1: 4th February - 12th April
  • Term 2: 29th April - 5th July
  • Term 3: 22nd July - 27th September
  • Term 4: 14th October - 19th December


  • Term 1: 3rd Feb - 9th April
  • Term 2: 28th April - 3rd July
  • Term 3: 20th July - 25th September
  • Term 4: 12th October - 17th December

If you choose to do Teaching at the primary schools in Perth during Term 4 (Oct-Dec), your project may be disrupted for 2 weeks due to school swimming lessons.


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Children in a classroom
More Children in a different school and classroom ... and who also apparently prefer sitting on the floor!
Children in a classroom
Kids concentrating in class, except one.
Schoolteacher teaching Children in a classroom
A schoolteacher giving a lesson.


Your accommodation is located in the CBD (Central Business District) of Perth, Western Australia. Therefore you are very central, close to the main train station and shopping district. You'll live in a centrally located lodge that is friendly and relaxing, making it ideal for long term stays. You'll most likely have your own room, but will share a bathroom with others on your floor. There is an excellent kitchen and storage area for cooking meals and plenty of space to relax.

Wi-Fi / Internet: There is an Internet Lounge in the accommodation with lots of facilities:
Computers with web cams and headsets (3 in total at time of writing)
24hr self-service Wi-Fi /internet ($1 for 10min - $10 for 6 hrs.’)
Free Library area with books
FREE Netflix, Stan, Pandora and Youtube on Smart TV.

Entertainment at the Lodge currently includes a pool table, cheap internet access, arcade machines and cable TV (Foxtel), to name a few, but with all the sunshine Perth has, you’ll be out and about enjoying the many outdoor activities! You are literally a stroll from the Swan River and free CBD transport. Trains and buses are also only a few minutes away to take you to Fremantle, King’s Park or to the many other things to do in the region!

The city centre boasts great shopping, restaurants and pubs or you can head over to Northbridge for more pubs, nightclubs and multicultural cuisine. You'll get to work via bus, which stops outside your accommodation.

Food is not included in this project so you should budget for meals. We feel that a good guide would be a weekly budget of around AUD$70-90.

Breakfast is available on Monday to Saturday (generally cereal, toast, fruit).


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The communal lounge at the Lodge. It's very friendly and relaxing there!
An outdoor terrace where guests congregate and socialise when they aren't out and about exploring Perth.


Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.


Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

As well as protecting all our volunteers, Travellers Worldwide is committed to all our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults from harm. Read Travellers' Child Care and Vulnerable Adults Policy.

As part of the law in Western Australia, it is compulsory for all volunteers who work with children to undergo a Working With Children's Check (WCC). It is also compulsory for volunteers who work in schools to undergo a police check. These checks are done to ensure the safety of children in Western Australia.
The checks are a simple process and we will provide you with all the details of what identity you need to take with you. On your arrival in Perth, our Australia manager will complete the checks with you and take you through the process. As soon as you have registered, you'll be allowed to start working with children.

I absolutely loved my project! Annette was wonderful!! She really made me feel like I had a support system from the second I met her at the airport. Alicia Garcia


Try to see some of the country while you're there. It's big (huge!) and each different region is exciting and very, very beautiful. Our great location is in Perth, a city rich in culture and filled with theatres, art galleries and museums. The city is modern and vibrant - a fun, friendly and 'laid back' place, with clear skies and a sunny climate. Western Australia is locally known as the 'state of excitement!'

Some of its more famous attractions include Kings Park, Scarborough Beach, Fremantle and the Swan River. Fremantle (or as the local’s call it, ‘Freo’) is the city’s port and is rich in history. At weekends you will find markets, entertainment and plenty of alfresco style cafes to laze in. Perth has restaurants to suit all tastes - the most popular cuisine is of course the great Australian BBQ. Barbeque facilities are abundant in local parks - take your own food and cook up a feast, Australian style!

(Courtesy of Western Australia Tourism -

  • Fremantle - Spend a few days in Fremantle is an absolute must. Just a 30 minute drive from Perth's city centre. Freo, as it's known by locals is a vibrant port city you can't miss.
  • Rottnest Island - Just offshore from Perth, Rottnest Island is where the locals go to swim at white-sand beaches, snorkel in turquoise water over shipwrecks, or kick back and go fishing. Rotto, as it's called locally, is a car-free zone, which adds to its relaxed feel.
  • Margaret River - No trip to Western Australia is complete without a pit stop at Margaret River. Originally a chilled out surfie town, Margaret River has evolved into the ultimate smorgasbord of good food, fine wine and spectacular scenery - just a three-and-a-half hour drive south of Perth.
  • Albany - Prepare to be blown away by Albany's dramatic convict history, set against a backdrop of rugged granite coastline, green seas and a wild beauty that tugs at the heartstrings. Step back in time and explore convict jails, old taverns, whaling ships and settlers' cottages and grand National Trust homes in beautifully landscaped grounds.
  • Denmark - where towering tall trees meet the ocean. A relaxed village atmosphere, romantic timber milling history and incredible coastal scenery.
  • Ningaloo Reef - Take a dive with hundreds of tropical fish, amazing coral formations and the world's biggest fish, the whale shark.
  • Monkey Mia - Monkey Mia is one of Western Australia's most famous dolphin watching destinations.
  • Shark Bay - The Shark Bay World Heritage Area was Western Australia's first World Heritage Listed site. Shark Bay's wilderness and natural wonders make for a unique holiday.
  • The Pinnacles - The extraordinary ancient rock formations are located about a three-hour drive north of Perth near the coastal town of Cervantes.
  • Kalgoorlie - Western Australia's largest goldfields town famed for its fascinating gold rush history, fabulous old buildings and old gold miners' ghost towns.
  • Esperance - For squeaky-white beaches, getting off the beaten track and bunking down under the stars. This place is so relaxed even the kangaroos sun bake on the beach!
  • Bunbury - just two hours drive south of Perth, it is located on a spectacular peninsular surrounded by blue waters of the Indian Ocean, Koombana Bay and the Leschenault Inlet.

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Volunteers having a barbecue in Australia
Volunteers having a barbie (BBQ).


Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

Swim with Dolphins in Australia

3 – 6 hour Swim with Wild Dolphins Cruise on a luxury, custom built boat
Price: £139

Availability: The Swim with Wild Dolphins cruise operates daily September 15 to early June (Western Australia Day Public Holiday), subject to weather and minimum passenger numbers.

SWIM WITH WILD DOLPHINS AND INTERACT WITH THEM IN THEIR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT! It’s the ultimate wildlife encounter! You don’t have to be an expert swimmer to join in and no previous snorkelling experience is necessary. Just bring a sense of adventure and be ready for an unforgettable, exhilarating encounter! The dolphin swim tour departs from Rockingham, roughly 45 Km south of Perth. You'll be collected from Perth Coach Station and taken to Rockingham.
What's Included:

  • 3 – 6 hour Swim with Wild Dolphins Cruise on a luxury, custom built boat (onboard toilets and hot showers)
  • Coach transfers from Perth
  • Full length wetsuit, mask and snorkel and snorkelling lessons
  • The Centre has a better than 99% success rate and if you are amongst the unlucky 1% who doesn’t get to swim with the dolphins on your cruise, you can rebook free of charge for another cruise.
  • Expert guides riding underwater aqua scooters to ensure you get up close and personal with the dolphins
  • Light lunch and refreshments
  • Self-serve tea, coffee, hot chocolate and fresh water
  • Complimentary photos of the cruise uploaded to Flickr for you to share!

Your adventure begins with cruising Rockingham’s sheltered bays and islands in search of any of the 180 local dolphins that your crew have come to know as friends. Before long the first dolphin sighting of the day is marked by the excited shout of Found them! followed by the slowing down of our engines to let the dolphins know we are keen to play!
An excited buzz takes over the boat as the crew ensures you’re fully prepared to enter the water. “Zip your wetsuits up, masks and snorkels on and make your way to the swim deck — it’s time to get wet!” Sleek, silvery grey dorsal fins start breaking the surface of the water within metres of the back of the boat and the skipper gives the command everyone’s been waiting for — Go!
Suddenly, you are surrounded by flashing grey torpedoes and the water is filled with whistles, splashes and laughter — both human and dolphin. They don’t do tricks and we don’t feed them, we simply spend some time enjoying each other’s company … it’s a wild encounter!

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Learn to swim in Australia

Price: £59 per lesson of 2.5 hours.

Think Australia - think surfing! Unspoilt beaches and glorious weather, Australia is the one of the best places to learn to surf. Try out some surfing with professional instructors and all the equipment is provided. On this 2.5 hour taster course, you'll learn to surf with a reputable tour company and surfing is their life! They hope to share the experience of riding the waves with you.
What's Included:

  • 2.5 hour surfing lesson
  • Course fees
  • Use of surfing gear
  • Transport from your accommodation to the lessons and back is NOT included

You will have 2.5 hours of surfing lessons with a qualified instructor. If you would like to book any further lessons, this can be done directly with the surf school on arrival for approximately £39 per extra lesson. All surf gear is included.

All surfing experiences are conducted by Level 1 Accredited Coaches through the National Coaching Accreditation scheme (NCAS) plus the company is a Tourism Australia accredited business so this means that you will enjoy a quality surfing experience.

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Swimming with dolphins underwater.
Managing to stand on a surfboard when learning makes the adrenalin flow!!

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Teaching Children in Schools and Refugee Centres in Perth

What is the best thing about your Placement? I think the best thing is working with all those different children, I really like spirit, because everyone is from a different country, has stories to tell, and no one is an outsider. Also the staff is very nice and friendly, everyone is so kind and caring.

There are already so many things thats have happened, that I will never forget. What always makes me so happy is being in the nature here, as it is so different than the nature and animals in my country. I went to Kings Park and Lesmurdie Falls with my friends and was really amazed.

I think I am really learning to do things on my own, how to handle difficult situations alone, but still knowing that there are many helpful people over here. I also think Ill get a lot stronger and more selfconcious over here cause I stepped out of my comfort zone.

CASE STUDY: In my 5th week in Perth I developed a terrible rash all over my Body (allergic reaction to my sunscreen which I found out recently). I felt very uncomfortable at work and got really sad, and asked if I could go home. But all the staff in School said I shouldn't go home alone. So they called a taxi for me, paid for it and called Annette from Travellers.

She spoke to the owner of the hostel and she had a Nurse over there that looked at my Skin but told me to go to the doctor. So the owner of the hostel called the doctor and drove me there. It was just so nice how everyone took care of me so I didn't have to go through it alone. I felt very happy that I had someone who came to the doctor with me, as I was not sure how those things work in totally different countries. I very much appreciate the help.

Teaching Children in Schools and Refugee Centres in Perth

What was your most memorable moment? One of my most memorable moments was being able to devote individual attention to a pupil who usually struggled to complete all tasks set by the teacher in English lessons. As a result of my assistance, the pupil was able to succeed in taking tasks assigned in a lesson through to completion. It was an amazing feeling witnessing her obvious excitement at achieving this.

I also really enjoyed one particular lesson where we spent time talking about my hometown (London) and also the countries of origin of the pupils. It was great fun to answer their questions about London and help them to put together their own collage from copies of postcards of London that I bought with me.

What do you think was your biggest achievement? As above - helping pupils struggling with their confidence to "have a go".

How do you think you impacted positively on the project? I hope that I was a smiling face at the school who the children felt relaxed and happy to approach if they needed any help in the lessons or just a friendly few words.

Teaching Children in Schools and Refugee Centres in Perth

What was your most memorable moment? The children and myself were in tears during the last day of my placement. Each of the children self created a farewell card and some given present for remembrance. It was so touching!

What do you think was your biggest achievement? : I am gaining a huge sense of achievement from working with the children (range from 7 to 12yrs old) from different countries at the school to boost their confidence and understanding of English. I am enjoying learning about different types of animals in Australia and new perspectives, from the teacher at the school and the children. I am gaining valuable experience in working with children both one-on-one and story telling to the whole class. Every child is so happy to get along with me. I always feel very welcomed at the school, by teachers and children alike. The children are awesome, they are nice, friendly and lovely!

How do you think you impacted positively on the project? Firstly, education is priceless, it is one of the most vital elements for making life useful and worth, and each person in this world is equally entitled to get proper education. Volunteer teaching program abroad could be just the way to interact and experience a new culture while helping the children to improve education.

Secondly, Perth is just a beautiful and quiet place. It has given me a peaceful mind during my 4 weeks stay.

My Case Study in brief: I am gaining life experience. Volunteering in teaching has provided

  1. Uniting and mix with children of different backgrounds and nationalities. I enjoyed having the responsibility to lead various groups of children in doing different activities, building teamwork and personal interaction.
  2. It promotes personal growth and self esteem by understanding the children needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy.
  3. Part of finding the right volunteer opportunity is being honest about what I hope to learn and accomplish.
  4. The opportunity of doing something that will directly or indirectly help children will be enough of an accomplishment for me. Children's well being is a very important issue, so if I can volunteer my time and possibly my expertise to help some children somewhere get something the children might not otherwise get or experience, that will be benefit enough. Besides it will make me feel like I am using some of my time very wisely. Everyday is blessing in Perth, the feeling of satisfaction and happiness which money can't buy it.
  5. Last but most certainly not least, I felt good to help the children and the school and in a way, "give back" to others.

Teaching Children in Schools and Refugee Centres in Perth

What was your most memorable moment? I feel the most memorable part of the programme was seeing how happy the children were even though they were facing difficult times. The smallest things meant the world to them.

What do you think was your biggest achievement? My biggest achievement was finding new strategies and techniques that I could apply to my own teaching when home. This will enable me to be a better teacher.

How do you think you impacted positively on the project?: I think the biggest impact my volunteering made was enabling the children to do a larger range of activities because there was more help present in the classroom.

I decided to take up the opportunity to teach refugees English in Australia as a way of enhancing my CV and developing skills I had learnt whilst studying to become a Primary School Teacher. Australia had always been a place I wanted to visit, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity!

On the project I worked with a Pre-Primary class where I helped to maintain the class' daily routine. This included helping with 1:1 reading in the morning, modelled writing, art work, practise of basic English conversation and phonetical sounds in order to develop the children's language.

A lot of activities in the classroom revolved around singing and talking to the children as their conversational English was very basic and they lacked in confidence. I read to all the children daily as a class, they love to listen to stories and ask questions about the illustrations, this is an excellent way to get them talking.

On a weekly basis we would cook so the children could take part in a physical activity as well as practise vocabulary and maths skills such as counting to 10. This was enjoyable for everyone, the children loved eating their products at the end.

The experience I had was truly amazing. I learnt so much and was able to work alongside some truly inspirational and welcoming people. I felt that I was part of the class as soon as I stepped in, I couldn't have wished for better mentors. They taught me many teaching strategies and techniques that I intend to use, but most of all they taught me to enjoy the time with the children and to learn lots about the children's backgrounds and families.

Volunteering in Perth

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for helping me arrange my project in Perth. I had such an amazing time and left with an unforgettable experience.

I'll definitely advise 'Travellers' to anybody hoping for a similar opportunity and experience! I'm already planning my return to Australia after I finish University! Thank you again!

Teaching Children in Schools and Refugee Centres in Perth

I feel I am gaining a huge sense of achievement from working with the children at the school to boost their confidence and understanding of English. I am also enjoying learning about different cultures and new perspectives, from both the staff at the school and the children. I am gaining valuable experience in working with the children both one-on-one and talking to the whole class, which is giving me different techniques and approaches to Teaching. I feel I am learning to use my initiative and adapt so that I am able to cope with any situation in the future.
The best part of my placement so far has been the opportunity to assist in Art, my chosen area of interest as I have had such varied experiences in this department. I have enjoyed the challenges of teaching the class, preparing materials for new projects and working closely with students to ensure they feel a sense of achievement in what they have achieved and enjoyment in the subject.

I would definitely recommend a placement at the School, I think it would suit anybody who is open minded to different cultures and new ideas and enjoys working with children. Anybody happy to get stuck in and willing to learn will love this placement! I always feel very welcomed at the School, by teachers and children alike.
The school is very flexible in your role and there is the opportunity to do more work in your chosen subjects if you wish. All the staff are easy to talk to and have given me the opportunity to teach the class and to be a part of their team.

Can you describe a typical day?
Start the first session at 9.30 which ends at 10.45. I am normally in Art, which involves preparing materials and organising the class with the right equipment, helping individuals with their work, taking small groups, teaching the demo to the class.
I am sometimes in a classroom where my role involves reading to the class, helping individuals and often taking small groups out to complete work or practice writing/reading.
The next session is 11.05-12.35 and the last is 1.20-2.45. I stay until 3pm to pack up and organise art equipment (Mix paints, prepare boards, etc) for the next day.

Teaching Children in Schools and Refugee Centres in Perth

What was your most memorable moment on the project? Every moment was memorable!

What was your biggest achievement? Connecting with the children and having a positive influence on their day.

I had the most amazing experience on my teaching placement at the Primary School, Perth, WA. The staff were very friendly and welcoming and I felt a valued member of the team.

Meeting the teachers and working with these awesome little children was a rewarding and life changing experience for me. What joy to see them change in just a couple of weeks from shy and not speaking a word of English to fun loving, interactive and eager to learn little children.

the age of 70 I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and do something different and on my own. It was scary but with the help of Travellers Worldwide I was able to achieve it. I would like to thank Gemma for all her support during the application, and for her friendly reassuring response to the numerous phone calls I made to her. It has given me the confidence to do more travelling and volunteering in the future. I have met such alot of interesting people of all ages and made friends with people who I will stay in touch with. I would encourage anyone of any age to do a teaching placement, I assure you that you will not be disappointed.

Thank you to Travellers Worldwide for your support from the beginning to the end of my placement.

Teaching Children in Schools and Refugee Centres in Perth

Working in this school I'm picking up different techniques of how to teach non English speaking children, as well as composing and doing reading tests. It's an excellent school, everyone is very welcoming and the children are very polite and nice.

The best thing about the placement so far is teaching children from different countries and experiencing different lessons and the teaching of them, as well as working with small groups of children. I think this placement would suit anyone that wants to go in to teaching or thinking about teaching or anyone else who wants to see what working in a school is like or wants a different experience

Can you describe a typical day?
Start at 9.30, lessons run until 10.45 supporting the teacher in the classroom, helping children to read and write and do their work. Sometimes taking smaller groups out and doing their work or smaller activities.
In PE getting equipment ready, setting it up, showing smaller groups how to hold the cricket bat and doing a short activity.
Recess (Break time) from 10.45am to 11.05am.
Lessons start again at 11.05am to 12.45pm helping the teacher in the classroom, helping children to read and write and do their work, Do reading tests with children see what words they remember.
Lunch from 12.45pm till 1.20pm.
Lessons from 1.20 till 3pm help children in the classroom read and write do their work. Finish at 3pm.

Teaching Children in Schools and Refugee Centres in Perth

Although it sounds clichéd, I feel that I am gaining life experience and that I have the ability to associate and mix with children of different backgrounds and nationalities to myself. I have enjoyed having the responsibility to lead various groups of children in doing different activities.

I would recommend this placement to those who are contemplating going into teaching for some experience and even to those who are not (like myself) for some life experience. I think this placement would suit people who are obviously good with children. They should have a kind caring nature and a lot of patience.

Can you describe a typical day?
A typical day for myself would entail going into my morning class, which is A4, at about 9.45. They have set work each day which I help them with. During recess I would usually go into the library and perhaps check emails.
After recess I would then go into my second class for the day which was D1. The work which they undertook each day was varied so again I would help them with whatever work was set and I would also sometimes lead small groups of the students. Again at lunch time I would tend to use the internet facilities in the library.
After lunch I would be with one of the youngest classes, A5. This was an extremely enjoyable class to be in but could be rather tiring! The work would be varied everyday and often I would be given the responsibility of reading to the entire class.

Teaching Children in Schools and Refugee Centres in Perth

1) What experience do you feel you are gaining?
I feel that I am learning how better to interact with children, being more patient, and adapting my explanations until they understand what I'm trying to say. It's also a learning process for me to be able to simplify instructions adequately to promote comprehension, and speak in clear English. It's also very useful to watch different teachers with different classes and see how they handle any issues that arise.
2) What is the best thing about your placement so far?
All of the staff have been very friendly, welcoming me into their classes and allowing me to be very hands on with the children. The children themselves have all shown a willingness to learn, and seem to have taken to me, which is lovely and very rewarding.
3) Would you recommend this placement to anyone else?
I would certainly recommend this placement. I'm really enjoying it, and it will be an important addition to my CV.
4) What type of person do you think this placement would suit?
Anyone who is patient, open-minded and compassionate. And liking being around children is a must! Some of the children need a lot of support with their learning so flexibility and determinations are also very important. I also think that this placement would suit someone looking into going on to do languages or teaching.
5) Can you describe a typical day? 6:00 - wake up and get ready for the day: have breakfast, get my packed lunch sorted, put sun cream on... It's very quiet in the lodge at this time in the morning.
7:15 - leave the lodge and walk to Wellington bus station to catch the bus to school at 7:45
8:15 - arrive at school.
Class officially begins at around 9:00, and I'm at school until around 14:45 with twenty minutes of "recess" at 10:45 and half an hour for lunch at 13:05. Depending on which class I'm in today, I will spend the time helping with reading, spelling or maths, or preparing for a later activity for them, or working with any pupils who need extra support with English speaking.
15:15 - arrive back in Perth city. I'm usually quite tired after the day, and it's too hot to be out for long, so I spend the afternoons reading, exploring the city, emailing loved ones...
18:00 - meet with some other Travellers volunteers for dinner to talk about our day, and make plans for the weekend.
19:30 - go for a walk with the other girls down by the river or up into town. It's much nicer to be out at this time in the evening, as it's still warm enough for shorts, but much cooler than the daytime.
20:30 - a much needed shower, and I'm usually in bed by around 21:30 in anticipation of the next early start.


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Sustainable and ongoing development of local communities is always the primary aim of our volunteer projects and this project is no different. You’ll take up where others left off and you’ll be involved in the continued personal development of the children through education.

What's more, some of these children are new to the country because they're refugees from war-torn regions and are trying to adapt to their new home culture. The additional time and patience you provide assists with their integration, which in turn assists the community in binding together.

We employ local staff in each destination where we have Programmes and where we work with local partners, again the staff employed are locals. Thus, by taking part in this course you’ll be directly influencing local economy and supporting international tourism, an important part of the country's general economy. By living in the local area, you're bringing in income through tourism and education through cultural exchange.

The accommodation on this project is locally owned and all the staff are from the neighbourhood. Where food is provided, produce is purchased in nearby shops, helping provide authentic local cuisine. Where you've chosen host family accommodation (where available), families are selected based on their desire to provide real cultural exchange and at the same time a warm family environment.

Social Responsibility: The information we provide prepares you for your placement and how to deal with the local people. It also briefs you on the Do’s and Don’ts and makes you aware of the possible impact of your behaviour. However, you are also expected to do research on the country you're going to and their customs and culture. The research you do will help you to gt the most out of this exciting travel and experience opportunity.

Cultural sensitivity: Volunteers receive an induction and orientation on arrival which covers things like being sensitive to the culture you’re in, everyday processes which will be different to what you’re accustomed to, how to have the maximum beneficial imprint and the minimum negative impact.

We stress the importance of responsible tourism, cultural differences and acceptable/unacceptable conduct. Where appropriate, volunteers are briefed on local customs, particularly those that are different to the volunteer’s accepted norm.

Economic Responsibility: By living in the volunteer house provided by the project you’ll, again, be providing much needed income and employment to the local population. The house is simple and built from natural materials and you are actively encouraged to recycle, be efficient with energy and water usage and preserve the natural surroundings. All food is provided and sourced locally. Your transport to and from the project will usually be either on a bicycle or walking again contributing to green efforts.

For 25 years our volunteers have lived in local communities around the world, spent their money with local traders and brought funding to the projects they work with. Travellers employs local staff and works with local support staff. This helps to fund the project directly and through bringing money into the local community.

In general, the organisations we work with around the world often struggle to financially support and maintain the work they do, so every penny raised makes a real difference.

Our aim is to create always a Win-Win-Win situation in terms of the benefits for, (a) the local communities and institutions you work in, (b) our Volunteers, i.e. you, and (c) for Travellers. We do not embark on any project that is not beneficial to all three of these stakeholders.

The impact of pollution: Where transport to and from the project is required, it is left up to you to choose. Public transport is always recommended by us and all nearby public transport routes are shown to all new arrivals. If taxis are required, you'll be encouraged to share with other volunteers in order to lessen the impact of pollution wherever possible.

Having regard for the local community by being consciously aware of your impact is encouraged in all our documentation for all our projects in all our destination countries. This is because we feel very strongly that many countries are subject to, for example, water shortages, high cost of energy and high impact of energy usage, the negative impact of litter and general pollution. Thus we encourage you to be aware of these possible impacts so that they contribute positively and not negatively to the community in this respect


We provide you with many tips on how to be a responsible traveller regarding the environmental impact you have.

We want you to be immersed in the culture, by living and working with local people. We work with local communities, local charities, local government bodies and local schools. We also often partner with local organisations whom we have vetted to ensure that they are committed to the projects they run, that they have the same responsible attitude to the local community that we do, that they are eco-friendly and have ethical policies.

In our projects and in our headquarters offices, we take an environmentally responsible attitude towards recycling and reusing of waste products. We encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme. Our volunteers are given pre-departure Information that encourages them to minimise waste and reduce their use of water and electricity, in other words, to live sensitively in the environment that they’re working in.

Travellers also give donations as and when required by projects. This is often done through our charitable arm, The Bridge The Gap Foundation. Our projects enable vital conservation, research, care and education work to take place directly where it is most needed. Our volunteers contribute, all over the world, to projects that would not exist without them.


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Travellers' Director Andrew Kemp at the Pinnacles.
The ferry in Perth.
Downtown in Perth.