Each summer, 300 youth from all across Eastern Europe come to study English on the campus of LCC International University for the Summer Language Institute (SLI) program. As a teacher, you will be the heart of this program by helping these students improve their English language skills and gain a better understanding of what it might be like for them to go to college.
Summer Language Institute teachers provide engaging, student-centered instruction for high school students and young adults during a 3-week English language program in July. Teachers are in class 3 hours per day (either morning or afternoon) and teach either integrated skills/general English language classes (morning) or more skill-specific or content-based classes (afternoon). Teachers attend several days of pre-program orientation and are expected to assist with arrival day registration and testing, homework session help/monitoring, and to attend required staff meetings. Teachers may also assist with or participate in extra-curricular activities such as discussion groups, Bible studies, movie nights, game nights, etc.
June 29: Staff arrivals
June 30 - July 3: Orientation
July 4: Student registration and testing
July 6-24: SLI classes
July 26: Staff departures
An SLI teacher should have experience and qualifications as a teacher; ESL/EFL, Language Arts, or a related field is most desired, but other fields are possible as well. A teaching assistant should be an undergraduate student majoring in or with an interest in education, preferably having already taken some education courses. Undergraduates who have already completed significant student teaching experience could be considered qualified to teach or co-teach their own classes. Undergraduates should have completed sophomore year or above. Experience working internationally or with international students is helpful but not necessary. Experience working with students who are English Language Learners is also very helpful. Experience teaching teenagers and/or young adults is also helpful.
Pre-field reading is required, and volunteers are required to attend Resonate Global Mission's Volunteer Orientation May 27-29, 2020. All volunteers will also participate in 3-4 days of on-site orientation as part of becoming familiar with the program and the cultural context. The field suggests reading the novel Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.
Costs vary depending on departing airport. In-country costs are minimal.
Living in Lithuania requires individuals to be more physically active than might be the case in North America—more walking, e.g. Ability to travel internationally, handle own luggage, etc., and keep the demands of an intensive program schedule (work hours into the evening, etc.) are also necessary.