Where we work / Tozeur / 4 weeks

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

Tozeur

This program is with youth 12-18 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 evening. 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.

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4 weeks in Tozeur

What country is this new Short-Term Program in?

Tunisia

What city in Tunisia?

Tozeur

Describe this new Short-Term Program.

This program is with youth 12-18 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 evening. 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.

The partner is with a Tunisian NGO that works with families and children to develop the country.

Describe weekly schedule and hours breakdown for this program.

3 hours each morning Monday through Friday, then 2-3 nights a week teachers will have evening activites with students. This program possibly is 2 weeks in Tozeur and 1 week in another city on the beach. If they go to the beach for week 3, days will be full with a little English, and a lot of play.

Will there be outside the classroom activities for this program?

Yes

What cultural outings will volunteers get to experience in Tunisia?

Night in the Sahara, Star Wars sights, Medina

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

10-15, 3-6 different classes

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

Volunteers will be teaching their own classes most likely

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

10 hours

What is the student demographic in this program?

Youth 12-18

Describe the CR opportunities for this program?

Students have opened up to summer teachers about life and struggles, and there have been continuing conversations even after the program ended.

What is the ideal team size?

5-7

What is the minimum team size?

5

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 is great

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?

We have two OBPs who live and teach in Tozeur, and ST programs help establish and solidify relationships and standing within communities in and around Tozeur.

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

Surrounding communities have heard about English Camps, and people want our teachers to come to their cities to run English programs. This enables us to expand beyond Tozeur and into other unreached parts of Tunisia. It also creates room for more teachers to move into the area to teach English classes.

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.