- 1 Look how far we’ve come! – blog by Tessy
- 2 Call for Applicants: Volunteer Lecturer in Public Health for Sierra Leone
- 3 December Newsletter
- 4 “My Student Experience” – Sierra Leone
- 5 After the summer: Viva Forever!
- 6 Final Presentations
- 7 Showcasing our students’ work
- 8 Getting Political
- 9 When expectations meet reality
- 10 Teaching and Learning with our students
Just like any entrepreneur, looking back on what has been achieved since we first sat down and decided to make this work, I cannot help but be impressed and a little bit in shock. Professors Without Borders started off with three people, Caroline, Majeks and myself who decided that we wanted to make the great educational opportunities we received available to all.
Call for Applicants: Volunteer Lecturer in Public Health
Professors Without Borders is delighted to announce its third Summer School in Freetown, Sierra Leone. This year, we have partnered with several universities and organisations to provide short courses and workshops over two weeks to 200 students.
We are currently looking for one volunteer to teach a workshop on disease prevention and intervention and a short course in public health from 23 July to 5 August 2018. Professors Without Borders will cover all accommodation, visa and transportation costs (Economy) to and from Freetown. Applicants must bear in mind that they may be asked to teach with few resources available and that logistics within Freetown may require patience and flexibility.
The course this year is geared towards young health professionals and students interested in working in public health, community health or international development. Teachers are responsible for developing their course following the syllabus that has been agreed with the universities.
We focus on skill-building and confidence-building in small classes of maximum 25 students. Teachers must adhere to our teaching philosophy of being student-focused. Applicants with experience teaching entry-level courses in health, public health, or development, and who can lead project-based seminars are preferred. An excellent command of English is required.
Applicant are asked to a send a statement of teaching philosophy (250 words maximum) and an updated resume.
The main purpose of this role is to commit to teaching young adults for a 2-week period. Teachers will have to prepare all didactic and reading material in advance to hand out to students in a book that will be created by Professors Without Borders. Material must be ready by July 10. Classes will take place from over two weeks with opportunities to volunteer or travel before the start or after the program ends. Teachers will instruct small cohorts of 20-30 students for a maximum of 6 hours daily. They may also be asked to participate in teacher training, take part in workshops with local instructors, and take on some administrative tasks.
|Education||· Masters/PhD from a leading university
· Topic expertise in: health, public health, epidemiology, development
|Experience and Knowledge||· Some experience and interest in teaching young adults or willingness to learn|
|Competences||· Good verbal communication skills.
· A passion for teaching young adults.
· Ability to adapt and work in difficult conditions.
· A commitment to adapt teaching methods to fit local requirements
· Excellent writing skills
|Other Skills||· Strong organizational skills
· Good administrative skills
· Some professional experience and an understanding of what is needed to succeed professionally
To apply please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV and teaching statement.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a Skype or in person interview. Deadline is 10 June.
We are delighted to announce the publication of our first Newsletter! Find our more about our 2017 achievements and our plans for 2018.
Thank you so much to everyone on our wonderful global team! Happy holidays!
Caroline, Tessy and Majeks.
In July 2017 we conducted a summer school at Fourah Bay College in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Here is a testimonial written by one of our star students, Mucktarr Raschid, who is now interning and doing research for Professors Without Borders.
Just like in any sport, the winning formula for success is a great team. We have been fortunate once again in recruiting not just the best talent for our summer schools this year, but also that our volunteers have worked so well together.
What you don’t see is the work backstage. The whatsapp groups full of teaching tips and positive encouragements from volunteers in the States, in Sierra Leone, in the UK, in Thailand, in Uganda, in Brussels, from Australia and Hong Kong. Words of support mean everything when you are on the ground trying to figure out how to make every minute count for your students.
Students did they final presentations today, showing off their toned research skills, their confidence in making verbal and visual presentations and demonstrating keen teamwork.
Each course enjoyed presentations from our Summer School students and the classes were packed full.
An eager audience, learning from each other
As the Summer School in Uganda slowly comes to an end, we would like to showcase some of their best work.
Students have been thriving in their team projects and came up with their favourite mottos for life. Our top pics were “appreciate anything you have. You can use it to inspire the world” and “it is the decisions we make that make us who we are”. We’re posting these on Facebook so everyone can share in this wisdom.
Group work: Students preparing to present their resolution in our Model United Nations simulation
Our students in Uganda have been getting political both locally and internationally. Thanks to Ena’s invitation, the local MP Hon Mussana Eric visited African Rural University on Monday. He patiently answered the students’ questions for three hours. A true politician, our professors remarked that “he seems very involved in the community”. The visit led to a lot of debate among our academic community who argued about the merits of corporal punishment for teachers missing class and people skipping work. Fortunately, the discussion in Philippa’s class took place in the green around a table under a tree.
Our professors have enjoyed a full week of teaching and have reported back that their expectations were far exceeded by reality. This is something we often encounter when traveling to a new place; low expectations, stereotypes and subjective experiences are all displaced after a few days of enjoying a different environment.
Our team in Uganda has been had at work adapting their classes to the students in Uganda. ARU is “full of intelligent people” and we have to prove our relevance to the students each day to make it worth their while to come to our classes.