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Shareen Meehan, voluntary work in Teaching           

SHAREEN MEEHAN
British

Teaching Children in Schools in Malaysia

         

I am having a fantastic time, I can't believe I only have a month left! The people are great, really friendly and helpful. The pupils are generally really grateful to us for teaching them and living on campus makes life a lot easier and means we can lie in more in the morning. The fact that there are a lot of other Travellers volunteers in the areas means we can all go travelling together at weekends or go to Kota Kinabalu.

From living and working here you get a true insight into their culture, you can see how it works and not from a tourists perspective. I have been able to make good friends with local people. I have been able to find the good side in having only cold showers! Albert (Travellers Manager) is always helpful and checking we are ok and our house is great.

My Lessons are from 7.20 to 1.00 pm but I usually have about 3 or 4 lessons a day. During this time I will mark books or plan lessons.

I teach Science and English literature, Grammar and Conversation. I have a lot of freedom in what I choose to teach, which I appreciate. After school I usually tutor the teachers or pupils. Lily and I have set up a drama club and we are helping to direct a play so that takes quite a bit of time.

Sometimes our house keeper, Monica takes us shopping. In the evenings we play badminton, or have rehearsals or tutoring again. At the moment we are trying to run every night to train for Mt. Kinabalu which we are climbing next week, we think we may have left it a bit late! So no time to be bored.

The teaching would suit a person who is patient and persistent. At first it is very difficult but then it becomes very rewarding and enjoyable. I think it is something most people can adapt to. The person absolutely has to be open minded, otherwise they wont get as much out of it and may resent it. 

Next week we are visiting the Orang-Utans and climbing the mountain so wish us luck!!

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