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Make a difference in the lives of children living in remote communities in Northern Canada

Published: 13 Mar, 2019

Cuso International

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Canada, Hay River, Canada

Job title

Education Assistant

Job description

Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada
Length of placement: 10 Months
Language requirements: English
Open to all nationalities.

As an Education Assistant, you’ll have the opportunity to have a positive impact on the educational outcomes of Indigenous students from grades four to twelve.

We’re looking for volunteers who can work directly with assigned teachers, participate in activities both inside and outside the classroom, and be engaged with the community through intercultural events throughout the school year.

Your experience as a volunteer in these remote communities will be enhanced by your involvement within the community.

Here’s what recent Cuso International volunteer Nathan Burrows said about his placement and how he was involved:

• Tutor students primarily in Math, Science and English.
• Assist with lessons under direct supervision of classroom teacher.
• Monitor and report on the progress of students to classroom teachers.
• Support students with special needs.
• Accompany and supervise students during activities in the gym, laboratory, library, resource centre and on field trips.
• Support fundraising events at the school and community level.
• Provide help in other capacities where possible (including computer coaching, art, music, sports). These are dependant on your skills, experience, hobbies and the needs of the school.

Harry Camsell School, Hay River, NT
A K-3 school located in Hay River that has a population of 160 students and is known for being welcoming and friendly. The teachers have a well-deserved reputation for excellence and maintain a positive and caring environment to help children learn.

Princess Alexandra School, Hay River, NT
This middle school has 160 students and is located in Hay River. The school is dedicated to the development of students and strives for children learn in a safe and caring environment that is culturally responsive. They prize excellence in student leadership and encourage student participation in a broad range of activities throughout the school year.

Diamond Jenness Secondary School, Hay River, NT
Also in Hay River, this school serves more than 235 students in Grades 8-12. They value and promote excellence in academic achievement, respect for Aboriginal culture, diversity in the population, service to the community, creativity in the arts, and individual and team competition in athletics.

Salary and benefits

• Modest monthly living allowance.
• Accommodation while in placement.
• Air ticket to and from placement.
• Support letter for Visa/work permit, if required.
• Emergency medical insurance.
• Pre-departure training.
• Access to Employee Assistance Program.
• Travel in Canada and accommodation during pre-departure training.


Candidates Must:
• Be able to pass a vulnerable sector police check.
• Possess a post-secondary level education.

Desirable Qualifications:
• Experience teaching or tutoring, particularly with special needs students.
• Trained in working with children and youth.
• Good interpersonal and communication skills are an asset, along with your energy and enthusiasm for the job!

Essential Background:
• Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
• Previous volunteer work experience either in Canada or in other countries.
• Experience working with Indigenous Peoples in Canada will be considered an asset.

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