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Project Overseas

2020 Project Overseas

The BCTF will be supporting four (4) BCTF members in July 2020. Applications to participate will be due October 18, 2019.

The BCTF’s francophone local, SEPF, will also be sponsoring one of its members and applications from that local should be sent to it.

How do you apply for Project Overseas?

Applications are made via the Project Overseas 2020 application form.

Application deadline: October 18, 2019.

Submit your completed forms (or questions) to
Fax: (604) 871-2294  
Mail to: BCTF International Solidarity Program, 00-550 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4P2.

All candidates must:

  • have BCTF membership;
  • hold a valid teacher’s certificate;
  • have completed at least five years of teaching in Canada by July 2020;
  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • hold a Canadian passport valid until at least July 2021, at the time of application (proof that a passport application has been made will be accepted);
  • be in excellent health;
  • have high standards of professionalism and personal conduct;
  • show evidence of flexibility and mature judgment;
  • be willing to put the team and project needs above personal needs.

The following will also be considered assets: 

  • experience in leadership and/or project management;
  • experience overseas and working in intercultural settings;
  • ability to problem solve, deal with interpersonal relations, and resolve conflict;
  • excellent communication skills;
  • perseverance and adaptability;
  • energy and enthusiasm;
  • ability to speak and teach in French. PO projects are located in both anglophone and francophone countries. Members able to offer professional development in French are particularly invited to apply.

The application should be accompanied by at least two letters of reference, one from an officer of your local union or union school staff representative. 

The selection process

The BCTF International Solidarity Committee will review the applications and forward the recommended ones to the CTF. Applicants may be contacted for a telephone interview as part of the process.

The BCTF will recommend more than the four positions that will be sponsored by the BCTF. CTF will make the final selection among those recommended, based on the experience of the applicants and the program needs identified by the host country union. Those not initially appointed will be considered alternates should they be needed.

BCTF applicants will be informed whether their applications have been recommended to the CTF. The CTF will inform those who have been selected of their selection and their country of assignment in mid-January. They will be contacted by the Team Leader the following month and will begin working with the team in preparation for the assignment. Team Leaders are experienced PO participants.

Information for applicants

Please read the following before applying:

  1. The commitment to PO is considerable both in and out of the classroom while in the host country.  In addition to long teaching days, you will be expected to participate in activities arranged by the partner organization. These could include social events as well as meetings with officials.
  2. For budgetary and safety reasons, it is the usual practice that PO participants share accommodation with one or more colleagues.
  3. Participants are not permitted to drive a motorized vehicle during their stay abroad. Transportation will be arranged by the partner organization overseas.
  4. Participants must accept that a project may be cancelled at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event of cancellation, the CTF cannot guarantee placement on another team.
  5. In addition to orientation and debrief activities led by the CTF, participants will be expected to participate in project orientation and debrief activities by the BCTF. The BCTF will use these activities to evaluate ongoing participation in Project Overseas based on the priorities of the International Solidarity Committee of the BCTF. You will be contacted directly by a member of the committee by phone and/or email.
  6. Participants will also be encouraged to report on what you have learned such as an article in a local newsletter or community publication, a workshop for colleagues at your school or part of a PD day or lesson ideas to exchange on TeachBC.

Stories from past Project Overseas participants

The first BCTF participation in PO was in the 1960s and hundreds of BC teachers have taken part over the years. Many stories from previous years have been published in the Teacher magazine and you can find them here.

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