Volunteer for SAMI projects
We have ongoing projects such as the Digital Communities Initiative and Maths Club Initiative to improve the infrastructure of maths education. Please email us if you are interested in volunteering abroad or at home on any of our ongoing projects.
Volunteer at maths camps
SAMI provides a unique and exciting opportunity to immerse yourself in our core programme and volunteer at maths camps held across Africa. Dates and venues for 2018 will be confirmed early in the new year, but as a rough guide are:
- Kenya: 10-22 April 2017 hosted at LEWA Conservancy. No camp scheduled for summer 2017.
- Ethiopia: 25 June – 9 July 2017 hosted at Bahir Dar University.
- Tanzania: 25 June – 9 July 2017 hosted at AIMS Tanzania.
- Ghana: 31 July – 12 August 2017 hosted at AIMS Ghana.
There will be at least one experienced volunteer at each camp. Further, we aim to have at least one international teacher at each camp, either a current teacher or a retired teacher. We aim to also have three student international volunteers participate in each of the AMI camps, with the volunteers being a mixture of undergrads and postgrads/researchers. We would be happy to hear from people in other walks of life who feel they have something to contribute, and we would consider recommending high school students for this experience.
We will start recruiting international volunteers on the 1st March 2017, considering applications on a rolling basis until the start of the camps. You can mention a preference for a camp in your application, but you don’t have to. Decisions on applications will be made by the SAMI Trustees, who then recommend suitable candidates to the local organisers of the respective camps. FAQs can be found below. If you would like to know more please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re happy to give you more information by email and would be happy to meet you in person. After you have discussed the camps with SAMI volunteers and have decided you would like to apply, please fill in this online application form. We will get back to you asap.
Can I come for only part of a camp?
What about travel arrangements?
What’s the food like?
What’s the accommodation like?
International volunteers are generally hosted in local guest houses in walking distance from the university campus, in student residence halls on the campus, or by local lecturers close to campus.
The accommodation varies from country to country and can change at the last minute. You should expect simple, but clean and comfortable accommodation that is in a safe area. Electricity may go on and off and hot water for showers can’t be guaranteed.
What about vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis?
You should check that your vaccinations are up to date before travelling to Africa, and there may be certain additional vaccinations you need for specific countries. It is also likely that you will need to take malaria prophylaxis.
You should visit your GP or a travel clinic (e.g. Trailfinders) orImperial College Health Centre if you are an Imperial College student, 6-8 weeks before your departure. They will provide you with up to date information about vaccinations required for the area you are travelling to and any other relevant health information. During the maths camps, you will not be working with animals, and you will be based in urban areas, never more than 2 hours away from a hospital.
http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk gives up to date information on health considerations
What about insurance?
Do I need a visa?
Can I come earlier or stay longer to visit the country?
What kind of people is SAMI looking for?
Do I need to have teaching experience?
How old are the students?
What is being taught and what is the structure of a typical day at the maths camp?
How much will it cost me?
Which camp should I apply for?
How can I fund my travels?
- Sir Tejinder Virdee Africa Project Grant Scheme: If you are a member of the Institute of Physics (IOP), you can apply to this new grant scheme which aims to support STEM development in Africa. All Imperial College Physics students are automatically members. You can become a member for free if you are an undergraduate in any Physics related field, or for £21 if you are a postgraduate.
- IC Trust (General Fund): If you are an Imperial College student, you can apply to the student-led project funding of the IC Trust which is for any project that has a voluntary/charitable aim.
- European Mathematical Society Travel Grant: Aimed at fostering the development of mathematics in economically less-favoured regions. Decisions will be taken at two deadlines every year (April and October).