Amity Teachers Program
"Amity" means friendship, and friendship is at the heart of this challenging program. Through the Amity Teachers Program, volunteer teachers make an initial two-year commitment to teach English in a post-secondary institution for 12-16 class hours each week.
The program, part of the Amity Foundation's work in China since 1985, was formed to contribute to China's economic and social development. Schools in the poorer, rural areas of China, like others in the Chinese educational system, strive to equip students to share in the technological and scientific knowledge of the outside world. English is a required subject for college entrance. The lack of qualified English teachers in poorer middle schools places many students in these inland areas at a disadvantage.
A typical Amity placement – in a teacher-training school in a medium-sized city – helps train Chinese young adults as teachers for disadvantaged areas. This meets a critical need and often lifts the morale of the entire community.
For more information, visit the Amity Foundation website: www.amityfoundation.org/
The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) was launched in 2002. Volunteer accompaniers live and work mostly in West Bank cities and villages, serving a three-month term as part of an international team.
Volunteer accompaniersfrom more than 14 countries have taken part in EAPPI. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, with candidate interviews conducted by members of the closest national EAPPI Coordinating Committee and recommended to the World Council of Churches' EAPPI staff in Jerusalem. Those who are interested in volunteering should allow at least two months for application processing and up to six months for fundraising.
For more information, visit eappi-us.org/