Peace Boat is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization striving to build a culture of peace around the world by connecting people across borders and creating opportunities for learning, activism and cooperation. We achieve this through programs in which people from around the world participate in voyages on board the Peace Boat. Peace Boat works in Special Consultative Status with UNESCO, and uses the ship as a platform to promote the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Peace Boat is also a steering group member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
Peace Boat is now seeking dynamic and highly motivated volunteers to join its 100th Global Voyage!
The 100th Voyage departs Yokohama December 26, 2018 and returns to Yokohama March 31, 2019. The voyage will circumnavigate the globe, making stops in as many as seventeen ports in fourteen countries, including Reunion, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, Brazil, and many more.
Learning languages on Peace Boat - the GET Programme
Given the wealth of opportunities that Peace Boat participants have to interact with people from around the world, it is important that they are equipped with the language skills necessary to make that interaction as fulfilling and meaningful as possible. To meet this need, both English and Spanish language classes are offered on each Peace Boat voyage; these being two of the most widely spoken languages of communication on the regular routes. Previous voyages have also seen classes in Russian, Vietnamese, Cantonese, French, Portuguese, Korean, and even Swahili.
Peace Boat's onboard language programme is known as GET (Global English / Espanol Training). GET is a communication-based programme that aims to improve students' communicative ability and instill confidence in using English and/or Spanish through a dynamic combination of onboard classroom study, language based events and activities, and exchange programmes in ports of call. Furthermore, the GET Programme embraces the concept of Global Language - language as it is used daily around the world as a tool of communication between people from different cultures and countries. For teachers, the programme offers the opportunity to work with a great deal of autonomy, using their creativity both in and out of the classroom while enjoying the unique experience that is Peace Boat.
Who studies languages on Peace Boat?
A significant proportion of participants on board Peace Boat join the language programme. There is a representative cross-section of ages, coming from all walks of life. Some have studied English and/or Spanish extensively, while others are tackling the language for the first time. Motivations for studying and individual goals for language learning are equally diverse.
Teaching positions onboard Peace Boat
Teachers for the onboard programme are recruited by GET Universal Co. Ltd. There are between 8-12 positions available on board each voyage, depending on student enrollment numbers. The language teaching positions are on a volunteer basis, so there is no salary. However the participation fee for the voyage, which covers meals and accommodation on board, and port taxes are all covered by GET Universal Co. Ltd.
- Have at least 18-months of relevant full-time English language teaching experience.
- Be a highly advanced speaker of English - it is not necessary to be a 'native' or 'first-language' speaker.
- Have experience or a definite interest in the areas of peace and global education in language teaching.
Nice to Have
*Applicants with the following will be looked upon favourably: Qualification(s) in English language teaching; Conversational Japanese ability; Multiple language teaching ability.
For other inquiries please contact us at the address below, or send us a message here.
Address: 1-32-13-4F Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 169-0075, Japan
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