Serve your community

Serve your community

Charles Looker

Charles Looker

Cohort 2016, taught Te Reo Māori at Onehunga High School

"Kia ora, I’m Charles. I joined the Teach First NZ Programme because of my desire to make a positive difference in our communities. I myself attended a lower decile school in South Auckland and have lived there most of my life. I know first hand some of the inequalities our young people and their whānau experience, and I am here to contribute towards positive change in my community.”

Prior to the Teach First NZ Programme Charles was a mentor, musician and creative storyteller, working in the spaces where Te Reo Māori and equity intersect.

The programme

Our teaching and education leadership programme provides participants with the opportunity to teach in a secondary school serving a low-income community, whilst completing a Masters qualification over two years. Find our more about the journey and beyond below.
Summer Initial Intensive

01 Summer Initial Intensive

The programme starts in November with the Summer Initial Intensive (SII), a cohesive and immersive intensive which weaves together whakawhanaungatanga, the Ako Mātātupu vision, and the Masters of Teaching and Education Leadership qualification. The aim is to provide a world-class experience which prepares you to meet the needs of your students, as well as to engage with key stakeholders.

"What really spoke to me over the intensive was the sense of belonging: the whole cohort was learning and growing so much together, with aroha and good humour. The food was mean too!"

02 Year 1 - Learning to Teach

After SII, you’ll begin teaching in your partner school in late January on a full salary. To accelerate your growth as a teacher, you will teach 60 percent of a full-time teaching load, receive 4 hours per week of in-school mentoring support, whilst completing ongoing study towards your Masters of Teaching and Education Leadership (MTEL) qualification.

"During the first year of the programme, there was so much support around me as I focussed on how best to create spaces for our rangatahi to thrive inside the classroom, and help to them understand that the feathers they have allow them to fly."

Year 1 - Learning to Teach
Year 2 - Learning to Lead

03 Year 2 - Learning to Lead

In your second year, the focus will be on your contribution to creating lasting social change, and will include a practice-based leadership project which you will design to uniquely serve your school community in a sustainable manner. Throughout the year you will implement this project, culminating in November with a Symposium, where you will present to all key stakeholders.

“In my second year I had the opportunity to lead a Polyfest group, tutor Kapa Haka, as well as running Maori Performing Arts as a subject, and starting a Kiorahi team. For me, this was about students finding their voice, and developing as leaders.”

04 Graduate from the programme

After completing your two years on the programme, you will join our Kairapu Movement and continue to make social impact. The educational inequality we’re working to address is complex and ever-changing, so we support you to fight for equality in whatever way you choose. As part of the global Teach For All network, you will join over 50,000 alumni working towards equity.

“I’m currently working towards the Ako Mātātupu vision by preserving Matauranga Maori through music, and creating spaces for rangatahi to share their stories within our community.”

Graduate from the programme

Recruitment process

The recruitment process is your chance to share your story: your experiences, achievements, and motivations for working towards social change in Aotearoa.
Apply Online
Apply Online

9th September

Our online application is your first chance to share your story. Applications close at midnight on 9th September.

Phone Interview
Phone Interview

11th - 16th September

Successful applicants will be invited to a phone interview. Interviews will take place between the 11th and 16th September.

Ako Centre
Ako Centre

21st - 26th September

The final stage of our recruitment process is a full day assessment centre. These will be held between the 21st and 26th September.

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