Applying to OSCA

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We're looking for enthusiastic, motivated and committed individuals with a passion for working with young people.

The ideal OSCA teacher would have boundless enthusiasm, be easy to get along with, a talented classroom teacher, good team player and - most importantly - really want to work with children and young people. Teachers will have key responsibilities in preparing their own lesson material pre-departure and also in helping the team plan whole camp activities.

How do we select volunteers?

We offer places on OSCA projects to the applicants who do best in our two rounds of selection.

The first round is based on the online application form. The deadline for submitting applications will be announced soon. Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to interview all candidates. We will let all applicants know whether they are invited for an interview in mid January.

The second round is interview based. Interviews will take place in February. Candidates will be asked questions to gage competency in lesson planning, discipline, team work and initiative.

What happens after you get a place?

If you are successful in your application your place will still be conditional on attending a compulsory training day in London on Saturday 3rd March. This is a very important day for the whole process, so no exceptions can be made for this.

At this event you will receive training in lesson planning and teaching techniques, as well as being given specific advice for teaching in a camp environment in a number of seminars and workshops, and undertaking some of the admin required for travelling to your camp's location. Even if you have previous teaching experience or training you must attend this day, as OSCA camps require a distinctive teaching style, and large amounts of other key information will also be given out.

During the six weeks of Oxbridge Easter vacation, the teachers prepare a full set of lesson plans and handouts. We offer all the help needed to volunteers providing plenty of support, feedback and suggestions on their teaching material.