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Teaching or related jobs with the United Nations

 
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tina20



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:30 am    Post subject: Teaching or related jobs with the United Nations Reply with quote

Hi,

I was having a conversation yesterday with a friend who's been in the TEFL industry for over 12 years now.

We got to thinking about the kind of opportunities the UN or its many offshoots would have to offer to people with skill sets like ours.

Has anyone worked with them ever? What's it like and how does one go about getting involved with them?


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johntpartee



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never thought of it (or heard of it). Sounds kind of far-fetched; I believe the UN concerns itself primarily with interaction between countries rather than "grass-roots" development within individual member states. It would probably come under the aegis of educational development in general rather than specifically addressing learning foreign languages.
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:42 am    Post subject: Re: Teaching or related jobs with the United Nations Reply with quote

There's the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), which focuses on children's rights worldwide. Education is a major piece of their initiatives. There's also the US Agency for International Development (USAID). It partners with NGOs to address humanitarian efforts throughout the world, including education.
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tina20



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

johntpartee wrote:
Never thought of it (or heard of it). Sounds kind of far-fetched;


I can assure you the opportunities are very real. A quick google search would reveal that.

I did some volunteer work with the UNICEF when I was just starting out in the TEFL field. Nothing fancy but a good learning experience for a newbie. Didn't know about USAID though (thanks nomad soul!)

I was wondering if anyone has worked on any specific education/training projects with UNESCO/UNICEF etc. Would really appreciate it if you could share your experiences.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UNESCO UNICEF UNRWA FAO and all those other bureaucracies have some very nice jobs indeed. Better than TEFLing !
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Teacher in Rome



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

... as long as you're in no hurry.

A friend of mine waited for over nine months to hear back from her application to FAO.
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