Teaching qualifications

Irish education platform encourages volunteers to teach English to Ukrainian refugees

An Ireland-based online teaching platform is calling for volunteers to teach English to Ukrainian adults in Ireland.

The call was made by eTeachers Global in response to the war in Ukraine, which has left millions of Ukrainians displaced across Europe.

The company generally requires that all teachers be qualified primary or secondary teachers registered with the Board of Education with qualifications in English language education.

The platform is now available free of charge to teachers wishing to help Ukrainian refugees.

However, teachers must be registered with the Teaching Council.

They should also preferably have a qualification in teaching English as an additional language, although this is not essential for volunteer teachers.

CEO Joan Gilligan said: “The aim is to help Ukrainians adjust to life in Ireland and support them in learning English for work.
and for everyday life here.”

She continued: “Teachers can teach individually or in small groups. They can respond to individual needs, which is not always possible in a large group, for example, someone may need help with the English required to take a job in catering or health.

“During lockdown, many teachers quickly adapted to teaching online and now have the skills to do so effectively. For any teachers who might need help with setup, the eTeachers IT team Global is here to help.

“Covid has had a negative impact on schools with student and staff absences, so it is understandable that not everyone is able to help. career or retired and who can commit as little as one hour per week. The booking calendar on the platform is easily adjusted by teachers themselves to reflect their availability.”

As part of this initiative, eTeachers Global is waiving all fees for teachers who voluntarily teach English to adult Ukrainian refugees.

Joan said, “Usually a small commission and annual token subscription fee is charged for each course taught, but this fee is waived as part of our efforts to support the Ukrainian community.”

Anyone wishing to support or help the project should contact [email protected]