- "The strongest element of the Fellowship is the leadership training and support given by my Leadership Development Officers. As this was my first job after university, I thoroughly benefited from the mentorship and support that was given. Not many new employees in any other companies are given this personal level of mentorship our coaching."
LLB Law, Aberystwyth University
- "It is through this very journey, that I truly learnt to find myself again. To fail, to pick myself up, and to persevere. Embarking on the Fellowship with my amazing cohort was an amazing life detour I never expected to take. It has empowered me to be a better person, teacher, colleague and friend. In turn, it allowed me to empower the students I had the privilege of teaching."
Ngui Sui Yang (2017 Alumnus)
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting & Financial Management
University of Sheffield
- "The Fellowship experience was truly memorable and somehow I wish each step that I took throughout the journey was recorded by a secret CCTV so I can watch it over and over again. There were definitely many highs compared to lows. I got goosebumps every time the quiet students pushed themselves to speak in front of the class. I went speechless when once a student said, ‘Thank you, miss. Without you, we will be left behind."
Ras Atiqah (2017 Alumna)
Bachelor or Science in Economics and International Studies
Iowa State University
Preparing for the Fellowship
We recognise that Fellows come from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. In order to maximise your growth and impact during the Fellowship, we run a comprehensive training programme to ensure all Fellows are fully prepared for service.
This intensive residential programme marks the start of your leadership training. The Pre-Service Programme is designed to equip Fellows with the fundamental skills and competencies necessary to teach and to lead in the classroom. You will first go through a comprehensive crash-course in pedagogy to build up your foundational mindsets, knowledge and skills as a teacher. Additionally, you will experience hands-on practical training teaching actual students and receive daily feedback and support, to sharpen your skills and accelerate your growth.
Placement OrientationDuring this time, you will visit the region you have been placed in to serve, so you will have the opportunity to understand the local context of the community where you will serve and settle during the Fellowship.
We believe that classroom leadership builds the foundation for long-term impact. Throughout the programme, Fellows work full time as a teacher with full salary and benefits.
Serving as a Fellow
Every month, you will meet with your assigned Leadership Development Officer, a professional coach who will help you to track your development and support you to accelerate your personal, pedagogical, and professional growth.
Additionally, you will be expected to attend workshops and events as part of your leadership and pedagogical development. It is also an opportunity to meet up, learn, and bond with other Fellows on the same leadership journey as you. These friendships will sustain you during the Fellowship, and often long beyond the 2 years.
Running an Initiative
In Year 2 of the Fellowship, all Fellows are expected to lead an initiative that benefits the broader communities they serve. You will be tasked with developing a sustainable solution a localised problem faced by the community in your region. Often, Fellows work collaboratively on these projects, and a number of initiatives have become successful social enterprises after the Fellowship (Eg. MYReaders, Closing The Gap).
Our Fellows tend to share houses together and have time and support from us before the Fellowship to secure housing.
Having A Family
Being both a teacher and a parent is an extremely enriching experience! However, the decision to join the Fellowship does not only impact yourself but also your family. At TFM, we support parents to join the Fellowship, but we would like you to be aware of the potential implications, such as your child’s schooling and child care during your work hours. Our recruiters are more than happy to talk to you about it.
Snapshot of the Fellowship
Fellows go through an intense but highly developmental 2 years as they teach, study, and lead initiatives to catalyse change in the community they serve.
Johanan Wong, 2015 CohortJohanan shares some candid anecdotes of highs and lows with his students during his Fellowship in Miri, Sarawak.
Nadia Nicole and Juan Magrita, 2016 CohortFollow Nadia and Juan to school in Pasir Gudang, Johor, as they discuss what they have learnt in their roles as teachers.