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by isabelle lai
Helping hand: SOLS 24/7 Project 100 volunteer Mariko from Japan facilitating a session during her sixmonth stint.
PETALING JAYA: Social work rarely pays off financially, but an international non-governmental organisation is offering a competitive package to those who are passionate about helping the poor learn English and other life skills.
According to the international director and co-founder of SOLS 24/7, Raj Ridvan Singh, his organisation is looking for a few dozen full time community development officers.
These workers would bring home around RM1,500 monthly, receive a guaranteed bonus of at least three months as well as get a smartphone and laptop.
In exchange, they are required to serve at least for a year in Project 100, which aims to provide free English lessons, computer literacy classes as well as personal development sessions to communities in Malaysia.
Raj said SOLS 24/7, which works in partnership with Tan Sri Vincent Tan’s Better Malaysia Foundation (BMF), recognised the fact that not everyone could afford to do social work for free as they had bills to pay.
“We are looking for committed and passionate individuals who want to be change makers but don’t have the means to do so. We will be that platform for them to be awesome,” he said, adding that Project 100 aims to establish 100 community centres across Malaysia to help thousands of families gain access to free education.
Raj said its syllabus was targeted at empowering people like housewives, children and other adults who want to learn English.
“English is used everywhere in the world, and we want to teach them how to use the language in their daily lives,” said Raj, who noted that housewives who started learning English had a positive effect on their household as they would start speaking English with their children.
Applicants need not have any experience in teaching but must be willing to invest their time into the challenging task.
“It surprises me that many foreigners find this opportunity fantastic, yet Malaysians are not taking it up. Please don’t have this mentality that you are not good enough.
“You don’t need to know a single grammar term; as long as you can speak English fluently,” he said, adding that they had received applications from Britain, Poland, America, Italy and Spain.
Other than full time employees, SOLS 24/7 and BMF are also looking for volunteers who can commit at least two hours a day, five times a week, and they too will be given an allowance.
More details are available at www.sols247.org/project100, or call 018-222 2247.
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