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

Sousse

This program is with children 8-16 for three weeks of intensive immersion. The teaching is mostly done in the morning. Students stay for lunch at the school with fun activities or outings in the afternoon. Volunteers will stay about 4 weeks total, with a week of orientation and getting ready and a few days of debrief on the end.

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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 Sousse

What country is this new Short-Term Program in?

Tunisia

What city in Tunisia?

Sousse

Describe this new Short-Term Program.

This program is with children 8-16 for three weeks of intensive immersion. The teaching is mostly done in the morning. Students stay for lunch at the school with fun activities or outings in the afternoon. Volunteers will stay about 4 weeks total, with a week of orientation and getting ready and a few days of debrief on the end.

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

Yes.

This partner we have been working with since 2015. They have helped us open up new cities and are like minded. This helps their business have ongoing activity as well as builds relationships for them in Sousse.

Describe weekly schedule and hours breakdown for this program.

8:30-11:30 English classes/activities; 11:30-12:30 supervised lunch; 12:30-14:30 English classes/activities. 1-2 times a week students will go to the beach.

Will there be outside the classroom activities for this program?

Yes, outings to the beach.

What cultural outings will volunteers get to experience in Tunisia?

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

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

10-15 students per class; 6-8 classes

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

Mostly teaching their own classes; sometimes working together

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

10 hours

What is the student demographic in this program?

Children 8-16 from middle to upper class families.

Describe the CR opportunities for this program?

Teachers have the opportunity to love students well who in past programs have expressed that Pinnacle Teachers are different than their normal teachers because it seems like they really love them. Teachers also have the opportunity talk and spend time with school partners/interpreters/program organizers.

What is the ideal team size?

6-8

What is the minimum team size?

6

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

Finished their first year of university

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

Interested in long-term overseas work, some teaching experience or camp experience

Can undergraduate students volunteer for this program?

Yes

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

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

Through this program we have the opportunity to meet parents who may have good connections for us down the road

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.