6 - 11 months
Our volunteers to Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia teach English and Maths at a local primary school, Sapuk Elementary School. They live at nearby Xavier Secondary College, a Jesuit a semi-selective boarding school for Grades 9 - 12. Students come to Xavier College from across the Micronesia chain for an opportunity to achieve the school grades that open doors to a university education. Our volunteers are active members of both communities, assisting with co-curricular activities at Xavier once their Sapuk school day is complete. The immersion in both the Sapuk and Xavier communities allows our students to get a broad understanding of this remote part of the world and the way education can provide opportunities for the local people.
“Experiences like these defy simple explanations, people so often ask me ‘So how was it?’ It’s a question I still haven’t found an adequate response to. It eclipses most adjectives our language possesses, and even with a novel’s worth of prose I would still struggle to do it justice. Everyone’s problems become one another’s here, selfishness is rare and stunning acts of kindness are standard practice. You become a better human just by existing in their company. I will leave this place a very different person than I was when I arrived. I see the world differently, I act differently and I think differently. From an entirely different perspective.”
Josh Conlon, Micronesia
Approximately US$25 for 12 month entry permit