Volunteer for a SAMI project
We have ongoing projects such as the Digital Communities Initiative and Maths Club Initiative to improve the infrastructure of maths education. Have your own idea for a project? We aim to support innovative projects and connect like-minded individuals. Please email us if you are interested in volunteering abroad or at home.
Volunteer at a Maths Camp
SAMI provides a unique and exciting opportunity to immerse yourself in our core programme and volunteer at maths camps held across Africa. Planning for the 2020 camps is underway. Below is a tentative list of camps (note all dates are subject to change):
- Ethiopia: July hosted at Bahir Dar University
- **Togo: 6th – 18th July
- Rwanda: July hosted at AIMS Rwanda
- **Benin: 20th July – 1st August
- Ghana: 27th July – 8 August hosted by AMI Ghana at AIMS Ghana
- Kenya: 10th – 22nd August hosted by AMI at Manor House, Kitale
- Cameroon: 10th – 22nd August
- Uganda: to be confirmed
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.
The recruitment of international volunteers has begun and we will be 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. Note: all camps are run through local partners. As such, dates and venues are subject to change. Do not make any flight or accommodation booking until you have confirmed the camp dates with the local organiser. SAMI cannot accept responsibility for any financial loss occurred due to the changes in dates or venues for any of the camps.
FAQs can be found below. If you would like to know more please write to [email protected]. We’re happy to give you more information by email and would be happy to meet you in person.
1. Attend SAMI recruitment event/speak with a previous camp’s volunteer/discuss with a SAMI member
2. Complete online application
3. Attend interview
4. SAMI directors meet to make final decisions
February – Applications open
March – May – Interviews take place
April – June – Accepted volunteers are put in touch with local organisers
July – August – Camps take place
It's my first time attending a camp, what should I expect?
The activity sessions are run in teams (with more volunteers on-hand to provide support), and it is hoped that by the end of the week you will feel confident to take the lead for one or more of these sessions when the students arrive. The camp week itself is very busy, which is why we try to get lots of the planning done in advance. When you are not running activities in your team you will likely be lending your support to other sessions or daily challenges (the fun never stops!). The final activity after dinner is usually card games, after which students and volunteers go back to their respective accomodation to reflect on the day and take a well-earned rest, ready for the next day to begin!
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 generally stay in local guest houses in walking distance from the host, in student residence halls, or by local hotels close to the camps.
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 visit your GP or a travel clinic (e.g. Trailfinders) or Imperial 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.
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).
Do I need a police clearance / DBS check?
Please note, whilst we expect everybody to work together to ensure students are kept safe, it is the local team who will ultimately be in charge of pastoral duties and care of the students (you’re there to teach!).