Job Title:

Education Asssistants 2020-21


Cuso International


Hay River, NT

Locations Various communities in the Northwest Territories, Canada

Length of Placement 10 Months (Aug 24, 2020 - Jun 30, 2021)

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role

What impact could you have? Have a positive and lasting change in Indigenous communities!

We’re inviting candidates with an education and teaching background to apply for volunteer positions with schools in the Northwest Territories for the school year 2020 – 2021.

As an Education Assistant, you will provide your knowledge as an educator, share your experiences about the world, inspire students to learn and pursue further education, and encourage students to believe they can become who they aspire to be!

You will help facilitate the e-learning program for students in grades 4-12 where you will connect your classroom to a network of other classrooms in various schools in the Northwest Territories also facilitated by other Education Assistants like yourself. You will work directly with assigned teachers (including the host teacher), participate in activities both inside and outside the classroom, and be engaged with the community through intercultural events throughout the school year.

If you are a self-motivated individual with an interest in teaching, learning about indigenous cultures being involved with the community, then this is the placement for you!

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Work in the school as a tutor, primarily in Math, Science and English
  • Assist the students during lessons, under the direct supervision of the online host teacher, to manage classroom routines, protocols, and academic expectations
  • Monitor on the progress of the students and report back to the classroom teachers
  • Collaborate with other participating community students and other classroom tutors
  • Act as an ambassador for both the school and the community
  • Accompany and supervise students during activities in the school gym, labs, libraries, resource centers and on field trips
  • Support fundraising events at the school and community level
  • Help in other capacities (including computer instruction, art, music, sports) depending on your skills, training, and hobbies as well as the needs of the school

Essential Requirements:

  • Completed university degree or college diploma
  • Ability to pass the vulnerable sector police check
  • Must be located in Canada
  • Available to begin work on August 24, 2020

Essential Background:

  • Experience teaching or presenting material to children and youth, particularly students with special needs.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples in Canada (experience working with Indigenous Peoples is an asset)
  • Strong understanding of working with High School age students
  • Display an understanding of different learning styles
  • Be culturally sensitive and have an openness to learning about different cultures
  • Computer literate and knowledgeable of technology
  • Previous volunteer or work experience either in Canada or in other countries
  • Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills

Support Package

  • Modest monthly living allowance
  • Accommodation while in placement
  • Airfare to and from placement
  • Pre-departure training
  • Emergency Medical Insurance
  • On the ground support through our Cuso International office
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
  • Support for accompanying partners/dependents is not available for this placement.


We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising.  If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.


Posted 2020-07-08

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