Criteria for Staff Selection to support Global Experience Program Orange River and Cape Town, South Africa - March 4 to 21, 2010 Objectives of Orange River Outdoor Education experience: 1. Enable students to: (i) experience progression in their relationships with young people outside the Havergal community, (ii) participate in problem solving in new situations, (iii) learn about the biomes of the Orange River in an active environmental experience, and (iv) participate in a day of community outreach with orphaned children in a rural South African community. 2. Enable students to develop the attributes of 21st century leaders: global capability (to be effective anytime, anywhere with anyone), together with the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to be effective in making a difference. 3. Provide an opportunity to: i) challenge one’s usual ways of thinking, ii) promote respect and develop a deeper understanding of diversity and our shared humanity, iii) develop a sense of social and personal responsibility to contribute to the world we want, and iv) provide rich, meaningful and transformational learning experiences that foster personal development: increase self-awareness, self-confidence, selfreliance, self-advocacy, communications skills, and adaptability. Outdoor Education Experience: Together with students and staff of St. Cyprian’s School in Cape Town, South Africa (a Havergal Exchange partner school), Havergal students and staff will travel for four days down the Orange River from the Namibian border to north of Cape Town. They will experience three different natural biomes over the course of the trip, while sleeping outdoors under the star formations of the Southern hemisphere, travelling Levels 1 and 2 rapids, and learning from the African tradition of oral story telling. Toward the end of the river trip, students will spend one day playing with orphaned children in a rural community. Students will also experience dunes, the hot springs of the Fish River and Cape Town. While in Cape Town, they will participate in the community outreach programming of St Cyprian’s School, and tour the city to learn about South
African history and political culture. While travelling, students will sleep in tents under the stars, and in guest houses. While in Cape Town, students will be billeted with St. Cyprian families. Staff Selection: This experience is to supplement and enrich classroom learning by enabling students to learn to work effectively in other than the Havergal or home environment. Accompanying staff will have meals and transportation paid, and will be expected to bring their own spending money. We invite and encourage all interested staff to apply. Qualifications of the ideal candidate are the following: 1. Have at least one experience in community development projects outside of North America, preferably working with young people; 2. Be technologically capable; create blogs, film, upload video, and transmit the project story electronically; 3. Have First Aid certification; 4. Be involved in Havergal and Institute activities, and in the broader community; 5. Submit an application and a written statement (maximum of one page) stating why you want to go and what you will contribute to this experience. Staff Selection Process: 1. Submit application, including your statement, by Monday, October 5, 2009 to Ann Peel. Be available for an interview that week â€“ final selection will be completed Monday, October 12, 2009. 2. Selected staff will be expected to attend the parent evening on Tuesday, October 15th, 2009. Staff Responsibilities: 1 Attend Parent information evening on October 15, 2009 at 6:30 pm in the Ellen Knox Library. 2 Contribute to the selection of students, travel arrangements, documentation of students, parent communications and associated administrative tasks. 3 Be available to attend, prepare and deliver preparatory workshops for students. 4 Be available to travel with the selected students from July 30 to August 21, 2009. 5 Be available in the academic year 2010-2011 for debriefing, ongoing integration of learning and extension of the relationship with the NOAH communities, and training of Havergal staff to continue the project.
Published on Sep 17, 2009