Where we work / Monastir / 4 weeks

Tunisia, a cultural and historic gem of North Africa, abounds in natural beauty

Monastir

This program is teaching PhD students (mostly in the sciences) academic writing and speaking. This is helping them to prepare to be published and present at conferences. Students are highly motivated and thankful for this opportunity. Teachers teach for 3 weeks in the mornings.

Explore the various short-term programs we offer in Tunisia.

In this country of contrasts, farmers use the simplest agricultural techniques to grow fruits, vegetables, and grains — yet technologies such as cell phones, the Internet, and social media are changing the way Tunisians interact with and view the world. Tunisians tend to be less conservative in modesty standards and alcohol consumption than other people of Muslim faith but maintain a strong Islamic identity.

Family is central to Tunisian culture and social life, and meals are considered a special time to gather and reflect together. Tunisian cuisine can be described as a delicious fusion of Mediterranean and Amazigh (sometimes referred to as “Berber”) flavors. Well-spiced, roasted vegetables, lamb, seafood, couscous, and tajine (similar to a deep dish frittata with eggs, meat, and vegetables) are frequently on the menu. Dishes often include a side of harissa, a popular red chili paste.

More and more, Tunisia’s large young adult population (60% of the population is under the age of 30) is passionate about exploring life outside of the country’s borders and worldview. At the same time, students from all over the continent of Africa are coming to study in Tunisia, giving our teachers opportunities in the classroom to interact with future leaders, not only in the country, but also the entire North African region. Consider your place in being an answer to a generation’s questions about what brings meaning to life and developing the leaders of tomorrow in a beautiful, unique part of the world.

frequently asked

questions

3 weeks in Monastir

What country is this new Short-Term Program in?

Tunisia

What city in Tunisia?

Monastir — Teacher Training

Describe this new Short-Term Program.

This program is teaching PhD students (mostly in the sciences) academic writing and speaking. This is helping them to prepare to be published and present at conferences. Students are highly motivated and thankful for this opportunity. Teachers teach for 3 weeks in the mornings.

Does this program involve partnership with an organization outside of Pinnacle?

Yes.

This is the same partner we have worked with since 2015 out of Sousse. They have connections at this university in Monastir. This helps this business maintain activity and relationships in the community and opens up the doors for us in universities for long-term work

Describe weekly schedule and hours breakdown for this program.

Teachers teach Monday through Friday 8-12 most likely. Afternoons are for lesson planning and spending time with students and team as well as getting out to see the city.

Will there be outside the classroom activities for this program?

Maybe, as planned by other teachers.

What cultural outings will volunteers get to experience in Tunisia?

Carthage, El Jem Roman Coloseum, catamaran on the Mediterranean, Medina, Sahara Desert possibly

How many students will each teacher have? How many different classes?

30 students max per class, 3-4 classes

Will volunteers be teaching their own classes? Or will classes be jointly taught?

Teaching their own class

How much classroom prep time is required/expected each week?

10 hours

What is the student demographic in this program?

PhD students

Describe the CR opportunities for this program?

Students are adults and as they have time are interested in getting together to chat and hang out with their teachers at coffee shops or out to lunch or dinner. There is great opportunities for building relationships if teachers take initiative.

What is the ideal team size?

3-4

What is the minimum team size?

3

What are the bare minimum degree requirements needed by a volunteer in this role?

MA or 5-10 years work experience in education or science plus BA/BS degree

What are the ideal degree requirements needed by a volunteer in this role?

MA at least or PhD, teaching experience

Can undergraduate students volunteer for this program?

No

What does food and housing look like for this program?

Volunteers will stay in houses/apartments with full amenities (kitchen, air conditioning, bathroom, washing machine). Breakfast and dinner on your own, lunch may be provided during the week. Some meals can be cooked at home; eating out is also an option

What does in-country training look like for this program?

Orientation will be done most likely before the program in Tunisia at a hotel probably, possibly with teams for Morocco. Orientation will also include some language and cultural preparations, and then teams will travel to their specific cities and talk about the program as well as tour the facilities for their program.

What does in-country debriefing look like for this program?

Debriefing will be done possibly together with the Morocco teams in Tunisia at a hotel.

How does this program help sustain Pinnacle's existing long-term work?

This program helps us to continue to build relatinoships in the country and build up our reputation in Tunisia, especially in the university realm

How does this program help pioneer new Pinnacle long-term work?

This program could help us work towards university placement in this city.

What is the length of this program? What are the estimated dates?

About four and a half weeks. With 1 week of orientation before the program, 3 weeks of teaching, and a few days of debrief after. Late June to Mid July.