SUDAN VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME: QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
WHAT ARE SVP’S AIMS?
SVP is a charity whose object is the teaching of English in Sudan, the biggest country in Africa. The English language is increasingly recognised there as a key component of business and development. While many Sudanese have received formal instruction in English grammar they have had no experience of hearing a native English speaker or lack the confidence to speak the language in ordinary conversation. The teaching they have received may not be of the best quality, either. Most SVP volunteers work with students in universities where our informal approach has best results. SVP where possible arranges for volunteers to fly together in small groups several times a year, though often individuals go by themselves.
WHAT WILL A SPELL OF VOLUNTEERING DO FOR ME?
SVP offers you one of the best ways of finding out about life and work in a wonderfully friendly and hospitable country which is both African and Middle Eastern. You have a chance to meet and help young people, many of them displaced from other parts of Sudan.
Work with SVP provides a worthwhile career break between jobs and has initiated and extended careers in teaching. Some returned volunteers have successfully found jobs in finance and law and also in government service. If you are retired from teaching your skills and experience will be particularly welcome. Age is not a barrier but you must be fit
WHAT ABOUT THE WAR IN SUDAN?
Wars have devastated large parts of Sudan and led to great suffering and loss of life. Many people have been displaced and have come to live in and around Khartoum which is peaceful and safe. Our volunteers have been particularly welcomed and SVP has some contacts and opportunities for work during spare time with displaced children.
HOW WILL I FIT IN?
SVP is looking for people of both sexes and of all ages above 22 who are native speakers of English, or who have the near-native ability, with a good general education, as well as those with more specialized qualifications and experience. If you are enthusiastic about the idea of teaching English, are patient, tenacious and good humoured, SVP may well be for you.
HOW IS SVP ORGANIZED IN SUDAN?
SVP has a sister organization SVP Sudan which is a local voluntary society with Sudanese membership. It works with colleges and universities and the Ministry of Higher Education to arrange placements. The contacts for SVP Sudan are Dr Badreldin Omer El-Haj Musa and Mr Mumin Mukhayer on your contact list.