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British Council

Teachers in Wales have the opportunity to help improve education in rural Lesotho in southern Africa for five months, an opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture, and utilise your teaching skills in a totally different environment. 

Since the programme launched in 1985, Wales and Lesotho have formed a strong bond, individuals, communities and organisations in both countries have all benefitted from the partnership. 

Each year teachers from Wales are given the chance to take the 8,600 mile trip to Lesotho; a country of just over two million people which is completely surrounded by South Africa, to visit schools and share skills. The project lasts for about six months – from January to June and is a fantastic opportunity to work in the mountainous region of Lesotho and share your experiences with schools in Wales.

The programme is run by Dolen Cymru and the British Council Wales through the Welsh Government's International Education Programme.

Find out more about teachers' experiences in Lesotho 

What does it involve

For its 2020 programme, there are three positions available for teachers/teacher trainers. You will be based in Thaba Tseka, a rural town in the highlands of Lesotho about 4 hours drive from the capital. 

Over a 5-month placement, you will share your skills in teaching numeracy and literacy, mentor and train teachers and student teachers, and work with pupils to model best practice. During this time you will gain a unique insight into Basotho life, people and culture, which you will share with schools in Wales. 

You will build upon existing work done and create new partnerships in schools and in teacher training. Three Basotho teachers will have the opportunity to visit Wales upon your return, and you will help them become key change makers in their schools and community.

What training do I need?

To apply all you need is to be a fully qualified teacher or NQT who is from Wales, teaching in Wales or trained in Wales. If your application is successful you’ll be given a series of training courses to prepare you for the project – from basic travel help and advice to information on local culture and the Lesotho education system. You can read about these in more detail in the FAQs section of the Dolen Cymru website

Can I apply?

There are a few simple requirements for the programme, but it’s nothing you wouldn’t expect. To apply you need to be:

  • a qualified teacher from Wales or teaching in a school in Wales 
  • or a student teacher currently training in Wales, who will be qualified by September this year 
  • the owner of a valid UK passport, valid for at least six months before entry 
  • in good physical and mental health
  • able to cope with conditions very different to that in the UK 

What does it cost?

The project is incredibly important to both countries and this is reflected in the funding and organisation. Dolen Cymru will arrange all your flights, transfers, accommodation, placements, insurance and support, as well as provide a monthly salary to cover the cost of accommodation and living expenses. 

How do I apply?