Volunteer Opp: The Alliance for International Women’s Rights

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Aug 21, 2009 / 0 comments

Use Your ESL Skills To Help Afghan Women From the Comfort of Your Home

The Alliance for International Women’s Rights is seeking volunteer
women ESL professionals who are able to teach long-distance English
classes to Afghan women.

The Alliance is a nonprofit organization devoted to supporting women’s
rights efforts in the Central Asia region, including Afghanistan.  Our
efforts include increasing the English capacity of Afghan women
leaders and future women leaders – including Afghan women’s rights
workers, women politicians, women educators and promising young Afghan
high school girls. The volunteer positions do not involve any travel –
the ESL teachers will teach Afghan women and girls from the comfort of
their own homes using Skype® and E-mail.

Volunteer requirements are as follows:

Must be a native English speaker with ESL/EFL certification or
teaching experience.

Volunteers need to have a reliable computer, high-speed internet,
Skype® software (free software is found at www.skype.com), and a
headset.  We only use Skype’s free computer-to-computer software.  We
do not use the paid  computer-to-phone service.  We also do not
usually use web cameras because they do not work well in most of

The volunteers will need to be available to teach one student for two
sessions a week for a minimum of three months.  Each class session
generally runs between 45 minutes to an hour.

We are recruiting volunteers to teach classes that are on the
following times and days in Afghanistan:

Student 1: Sunday 11: a.m.- Noon and Tuesday 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
Student 2: Sunday/Tuesday 8:00 a.m -10:00 a.m. or Tues/Thurs 1:00-4:00
Student 3: Mon/Tue/Wed  5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Possible Students: Saturday through Thursday between 3:00 p.m.- 5:00

Interested applicants should determine if they are available for two
45 minute or one hour sessions during these hours by comparing their
local time to Afghanistan time on the following website: http://www.timezoneconverter.com

The time zone is the same throughout Afghanistan, so you may use the
city of Kabul for the time zone conversions.  We ask that you please
determine your availability during the required hours before applying.

Although the Alliance welcomes volunteers of either gender in most of
our programs, due to the Afghan culture we are only able to work with
women teachers for this project for the safety of the Afghan women and

Please consider using your skills to help Afghan women.  If you are
interested, please contact Vicky Willson, Volunteer ESL Coordinator vickyw[at]aiwr.org

For more information about the Alliance, please visit  www.AIWR.org