Many families living cross-culturally choose to educate their children at home, or have to do so because of limited alternatives. A family living in a rural part of China is looking for someone to assist them in homeschooling their two children, aged 8 and 10. This day to day help will enrich the children's educational experience and support the parents who have many other responsibilities.
The Homeschool Assistant will work alongside parents in teaching, and may teach only some subjects. Someone with the right qualifications and experience could have the role as a Homeschool Tutor, which would mean taking a higher level of responsibility, and sometimes working unsupervised. Regular responsibilities will include:
- Teaching for a set number of hours per day
- Preparing lessons and keeping records of progress as appropriate
- Willingness to take on other duties in the local context
- Relevant skills or experience in teaching or working with children and young people
- Strong interpersonal and team-working skills
- Flexibility; ability to take initiative and work independently
- Language study options are limited in the location so a Mandarin speaker would be preferred
- Previous cross-cultural experience would be helpful but not essential
- A minimum one year commitment is recommended
- Willingness to undergo screening and background checks as appropriate to work with children
- Note that homeschool tutors will be required to apply as Associates because of the higher level of responsibility; Homeschool assistants may apply as Serve Asia workers
You would be living in a rural county-town where you can walk from any 2 points within the town in 20 minutes. The nearest city is 2.5 hours' drive away. There is a small expat community of about 15 long-termers. There would opportunities for a single person to build friendships outside of our family but that would require that the person has Chinese language skills. There is housing available - the assistant would not be required to share housing with the family.
*Australian citizens and/or residents only