Christian Aid’s Volunteer Teachers visit schools around the country and provide inspiring assemblies, lessons, talks and workshops on a range of topical global issues. Chris Gayford is a Volunteer Teacher in the Reading area, here he explains why he’s involved … and why he’d like you to get involved too.
I am one of those volunteers and based in Reading.
The purpose of my volunteering is not to try to raise funds for the organisation, but to help children understand more about the humanitarian work from a Christian perspective and to appreciate something of the different challenges faced by poor people in other parts of the world.
I would be really happy to come in and lead a session at any schools in the area.
I started volunteering a few months ago and already I have led several whole class sessions and an assembly in primary schools.
I have found it both exciting and rewarding and it fits in well with all of the other things that I do. I try to make the sessions as interactive as possible and the children readily respond. Often I will include a short film which will give the children more of an idea about the work that Christian Aid does.
A Year 5/6 teacher at the Coombes CE Primary School, near Reading, said: “Chris delivered two fantastic sessions, the content was very interesting for the children and I would recommend it to colleagues. We are looking forward to him visiting again”.
If you would like to book a session, please contact Sarah Clay in Christian Aid’s regional office on 01865 246818 or email her.
She will put you in touch with me, or another local volunteer teacher so I can ensure sessions meet the requirements of each school and can discuss with you in advance what your expectations and needs are.
Could you be a Christian Aid Volunteer Teacher?
If you share the values of Christian Aid and are looking for something that will make a useful contribution to their work, maybe you would consider becoming one of their Volunteer Teachers?
You can limit the number of sessions you offer to suit your other commitments, but generally Volunteer Teachers aim to do a couple of engagements each term.
The regional office in Oxford has a friendly professional team, with a local officer for each county. They are very supportive and offer materials and suggestions to help you to illustrate and enliven sessions.
There are also plenty of ideas to choose from their on-line resource base as well as periodic training days providing opportunities to talk to other volunteer teachers.
If you think that this could be something that you would like to do, or you simply would like to find out more, look at Christian Aid’s website: www.christianaid.org.uk/volunteering or contact Sarah Clay using the details above.