RefugeeEd is a charity which works to ensure that children and adults fleeing violence have access to a good education. We support grassroots organisations which work with refugee populations in Greece, providing them with teacher training, education mentoring, and teaching resources.
As a small charity, we are entirely volunteer-run, and we are looking for new Schools Ambassadors to join our energetic and dynamic team.
RefugeeEd was founded just over a year ago, and during this time we have successfully piloted our mentor programme, in which experienced teachers are paired as mentors with grassroots organisations. We have partnered 15 mentors with organisations so far, reaching approximately 3,000 students. To enable the programme to expand and reach more organisations and students, we have just recruited our first field coordinator, based in Greece, who will be overseeing the programme and managing our relationships with grassroots organisations.
To enable us to expand and recruit double the number of mentors over the coming year, and reach thousands more children and adults, we need help with the following aims:
- To raise crucial funds to enable us to keep our field coordinator in Greece so that we can reach more projects, support our mentors better and evaluate and improve the programme.
- To recruit more experienced teachers who can go out and volunteer as education mentors to help grassroots projects develop their education programmes, and train teachers, to help us ensure that children and adults reaching Europe have the skills they need to build a new life.
To support us to meet the above aims, the role will involve:
- Using your networks of teachers, schools, unions, teacher training universities and/or federations and trusts, to let people know about the opportunity of volunteering as an education mentor in Greece.
- This may involve: organising and delivering a 5 minute presentation during INSETs at local schools, local union rep meetings, other schools network meetings or teacher training institutions; giving out flyers to teachers; posting on social media; contacting other teachers you know to tell them about the opportunity.
- Organising at least 1 fundraiser in your local school or community. This could be a simple bake-sale, non-uniform day, or sponsored event. You can organise it yourself, or use our teaching resources to teach about the refugee crisis, and support your students to organise a fundraiser themselves.
- The role will involve a time commitment of 4-8 hours per month for at least 6 months. You can spread these hours out how you like.
Benefits of the role
- Make a tangible difference to the impact of a small charity, enabling us to improve the education of thousands of refugee children.
- We have very low overheads, so you can be sure that what you raise goes straight to where it's needed. Raising just £300 in one event will be enough to support our field coordinator to stay in Greece for a full month, to ensure effective delivery of our programme!
- We are small, dynamic and friendly team. Join us in London if you can for our jolly volunteer socials.
- There are opportunities to get more involved if you are interested. This can be through working with our Education Networks Trustee, to develop our teacher outreach strategy and developing training programmes and teaching resources; or through volunteering in our social media, web design or fundraising teams.
- We will support and guide you with the role, and write a reference after 6 month in the post.
Skills and experience:
- This role will suit a teacher, or someone who works/has worked in the schools system, and has a network of schools and teachers that they can reach out to.
- Determination and self-motivation. You will make your own plan for who to target and how to get the message out, and organise a fundraiser - the more creative the better!
- Strong communication skills. You will be doing presentations at schools and events, and promoting our work to diverse audiences.
How to apply:
If you are passionate about improving the quality of education for refugees and want to be involved in growing a fresh new charity, we would love to hear from you.
To apply, please send a copy of your CV and a short covering letter explaining why you want to get involved below.
If you would like more information, please consult our website or follow us on Twitter @RefugeeEd_ or facebook: /refugeeEd.
- If you are interested in supporting us and would like to take on responsibility for setting the direction of our schools outreach programme, you may be interested in applying to be our Education Networks Trustee (.
- Or, you may be interested in volunteering in Greece as an Education Mentor!
- If you'd like to help from home with social media, comms, fundraising or web design instead, we are always on the lookout for more volunteers.
See our other listings on CharityJob or visit our website to find out more about these roles.