An appeal has been made for volunteer teachers to teach English online to Ukrainian adults in Ireland.The call has been made by eTeachers Global, an international online English teaching business for adult students based in County Roscommon. Usually, the company stipulates that all teachers on the platform are qualified primary/secondary teachers, are registered with the Teaching Council and hold English Language Education qualifications. Teachers are individually verified and vetted by the eTeachers global recruitment team.
Horrified by the unfolding events in Ukraine, Company CEO, Joan Gilligan, discussed with her team what eTeachers Global could do to help Ukrainian refugees in Ireland. Stuart McNamara (our Chief Technology Officer and a military veteran) has spent many years of service on humanitarian and peacekeeping duties in areas of conflict all around the world. This wealth of experience led eTeachers Global to recognise that their platform technology could effectively be used to support teachers and students from Ukraine.
"Working with our developers, we have made our platform freely available to teachers who wish to help, and freely available to Ukrainian adults to use.
The aim is to help Ukrainians adapt to life in Ireland and support them as they learn English for work and for day-to-day living here," explained Joan.
Joan has worked in the education sector for many years and has confidence there are many teachers who will offer their skills and time free of charge. Teachers must hold registration with the Teaching Council and preferably have a qualification in teaching English as an additional language. This additional ELE qualification is not essential for volunteer teachers.
"Teachers can teach on a one-to-one or small group basis. They can cater for individual needs which may not always be possible in a large group setting e.g., someone may need help with the English needed for taking up a catering or healthcare job.
During lockdown, many teachers quickly adapted to teaching online and now have the skills to do so effectively. For any teachers who may need help setting up, eTeachers Global IT team are on hand to help.
Covid has negatively impacted on schools with both pupil and staff absences so understandably not everyone is in a position to help. It may suit teachers who are job-sharing, on career break or retired and who can commit to as little as an hour a week. The booking calendar on the platform is easily adjusted by teachers themselves to reflect their availability," said Joan.
As part of the initiative, eTeachers Global is wavering all fees for teachers who wish to voluntarily teach English online to adult refugees from Ukraine living in Ireland.
"Usually, a small commission fee and an annual token subscription fee is charged on each class taught but these fees are waivered as part of our efforts to support the Ukrainian community".
Volunteer Teachers can register directly at www.eteachers.ie and set up their booking calendar showing their available teaching times.
eTeachers Global has also identified a simple and effective way in which their Irish designed Education Technology platform can be used to immediately reunite and regroup Ukrainian Teachers and their original Classes and Students no matter where they are in the world. This will allow Ukrainian Teachers to regroup their original classes online and Ukrainian Students to meet up online with their original classmates and school friends for both online classes and social interaction under the supervision of their original teachers from Ukraine. We have been invited to meet with the Ukrainian authorities in Ireland to discuss this initiative. For further information, contact Joan Gilligan on 087 7716477. [email protected]
Sign up as Volunteer Teacher at https://eteachersglobal.com/register. Please note that all volunteer teachers must go through the same Identity Checks and Teaching Credential Verification procedures as our paid teachers. At this time, we can only accept volunteer teachers who are currently registered with their National or State Teaching Register. You will be asked to upload a Public Profile Photo, Photo ID, Proof of Address, a link / URL to your profile page on the National Teaching Council Register or State Teaching Register of your home country to prove that you are a qualified teacher in good standing. You can also upload scans of any additional qualifications that may be relevant such as ELE / ESL / TEFL etc.
Once you submit your application, you will receive a an email with a verification link. Please click on the link to activate your verification process. Once you have verified your email, our admin team will then manually cross check your photo ID, proof of address and National Teaching Council or State Teacher Register link. Once we have verified your credentials (normally within one day of application, we will activate your eTeachers account. You will not be able to sign into your account until your application has been checked and verified and your teacher account activated by our support team. For further information, check out our Frequently Asked Questions or FAQs page or contact our friendly support team.
Once your account has been activated, please log into your account control panel and fill out your teacher profile and upload your availability to teach online Group Classes and or One to one Classes. If you are a volunteer teacher, set your tuition fees for each class to zero. You can also upload a map position so that students know where in the world you are located. For your own privacy, we suggest using a position in the centre of your nearest town or city rather than your exact home location. If you have any difficulties whatsoever, contact our Chief Technical Officer Stuart at any time using the site contact page. He will be delighted to work one to one with any volunteer teacher to get them up and running.