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Volunteering

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by AmeliaHarvey, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. I've just moved to a little village in Wales. Do you think volunteering to help at a local school is a good way to get known, and to start jobseeking? I want to teach (or be a teaching assisstant) in a primary school but as I don't speak Welsh, I'am at a disadvantage.
    Any good ideas about how to go about jobseeking would be appreciated.
     
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    If you were asking me even 5 years ago I would have said yes, volunteering is good experience and can lead to jobs. However now with CRB check evidence andother worries this is more difficult than it used to be.
    I always used to volunteer and got work from it but after doing a couple of long-term sick covers at one school over the past 2-3 years and 'lost my contacs' I'm finding it very difficult to get anyone to let me volunteer. I've approached 3 schools where I have contacts with former colleagues and still haerd nothing back from 2 and had a polite '"We're well resourced for volunteers at present. Thank you!" form the other.
    When you say 'a little village in Wales', is it in a Welsh speaking area? If it is, you may well need to be considered Welsh-speaking first, even if it's only the basics. Some areas are 'stricter' than others.
     

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