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Malaysia Mentoring job

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 5:33 am    Post subject: Malaysia Mentoring job Reply with quote

Does anyone know if the Mentor program with the MoE has been extended for another 2 years (Jan 2014 - Sept 2015)? Are there any ex-mentors who could share their experiences about this project -working with the primary schools in rural parts of Malaysia? What did you find rewarding/challenging? Many thanks!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are various recruiters and varies jobs on offer, all under the MoE umbrella.

The primary school teaching component was to start in September 2013 and has been delayed, with some teachers still waiting for their postings.

Current contract - once they are going to be issued - will be for one year initially, with the potential for renewal (no guarantee).

If the previous model will be kept, then there will be a lot of driving around as schools are in clusters of five (one per day), contact with a lot of different teachers and students can be exhausting and non-rewarding as relationship building will be extremely difficult under those circumstances.

Rural life can mean no hot water (showers), no/limited internet access, lots of mosquitoes, nightly smoke from the neighbors as they burn their rubbish (including plastics), no/dim lighting in town or on the (unpaved) roads, limited access to fresh food (diary products, meat, vegetable, fruit), limited access to banking, communication & information services (TV, Radio, Newspapers), health facilities as well as general isolation.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 4:59 pm    Post subject: Contract with SMR ELT Project English Mentor Reply with quote

I have received an 18 page contract from SMR to be an English mentor in Malaysia. This contract is not signed and I only sign it when I arrive. I have to pay for my flight and will get reimbursed after 30 days. Do you know anything about SMR. They can't tell me where I will be put and also I only sign the contract when I arrive. I think this is very risky. I have to find my own apartment once I arrive. The recruiting company puts you in a hotel for 10 days. From your description of living in a remote place in Malaysia, it sounds terrible. Also did you have a signed contract before you went to Malaysia? Did the company pay for your flight? Can you give me any more information about being a mentor in Malaysia?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:01 am    Post subject: Mentor Reply with quote

Skibuff, you are right: it is very risky.

The actual contract might be less favorable than the offer. They might change things in there (insurance, sick days, annual leave), hoping that you will not read through all of the 20 pages again (it happened to me).

Although you may be 'put up' by the company in a hotel (meaning that they will arrange it and then take it out of your salary - it happened to me), you are unlikely to find rental accommodation that fast as you will be rather busy with immigration / health check/ setting up bank account.

In addition, you will have to furnish the place (white goods, small appliances, bed, other furniture), so bring plenty of money.

Mentoring really is an euphemism for teaching in remote areas, where the local teachers don't want to go.

Good luck to you!
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