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LAURA THREAPLETON
British

Teaching Children in Schools on a voluntary program in Malaysia

         

I feel that I gained a lot of confidence by teaching my own lessons. At first I didn't enjoy it, but I persevered and worked hard to overcome my nervousness and it started to pay off.

The best thing about the placement was definitely the people here who are just fantastic. They are all so friendly and welcoming and would do anything to help you. Getting to know them and understand their lifestyles has been the most rewarding part of my placement. I don't think I've ever met such a lovely group of people. They were absolutely amazing and really made the placement enjoyable

Would you recommend this placement to anyone else?

Definitely! You get given a lot of things to do and the work is varied and interesting. You also have the scope to take initiative and organise things outside the classroom. If someone was looking to teach their own class and organise every lesson this would be a great placement to do.

It would suit someone friendly and outgoing and willing to join in with everything. It is hard work and there is a lot of planning to do so you need to be committed. To get the most out of the placement you need to open your mind and really get involved with everything.

Can you describe a typical day?

We would get up for the start of school at 7am. We were always invited to worship with all of the teachers. This consisted of singing and praying but we weren't obliged to join in if we were uncomfortable about it. Lessons started at 7.20am and each lesson was 40 minutes long. If we didn't have a lesson we would usually be in the staff room planning lessons or marking work.

The school day finished at 7pm and at 2.30pm. I would teach dormitory students and give them extra help. Otherwise there was always sports events in the afternoon to support or join in with.

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