You need to adjust yourself
"You have only a blackboard and sometimes the chalk runs out. You need to know how to teach children without books or paper. You cannot give any homework, because children do not have any access to internet or libraries."
That is how Mary Luard from Kitchener, (Ontario, Canada) describes volunteering work as a teacher.
"Even though the circumstances are quite stressful sometimes, my students have insatiable thirst and hunger for knowledge. And because they do not have a lot, I lend my books so they can copy the information by themselves." So states Ms. Luard, who has almost aquarter of a century worth of experience working as a midwife.
Six years ago, Ms. Luard became qualified as a teacher on the way to training as a mental health therapist, which she now practices full time.
Mary and her husband James Harley volunteered for Art in Tanzania for two months. James is a composer and producer, and he teaches music in the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph in Canada.
At Bahari beach, Mary taught English as a secondary language and seh held HIV/AIDS presentations, while James taught music and English. James also worked with the musicians at the music studio. They also did some music teaching together, presenting a workshop for teachers.
"The teachers here are adjusted to the circumstances which would be unbearable back in Canada. So, the key thing for me is to adjust myself to the situation so I can teach. We wanted to maximize the volunteering time here", Mary explaines about their trip to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She has also done volunteering work on medical teams in Burkina Faso and Ghana.