Would you like to have a gap year which also contributes to your professional CV and capacity building in Africa?
The RSS has an agreement with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, to encourage and support RSS Fellows as volunteers in South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon or Tanzania as lecturers on statistics and probability MSc courses teaching talented African students (find out more from the RSS).
Jane Hutton is the co-ordinator for the RSS, and has written about her experiences.
The role she would love to see filled by young statisticians is teaching assistants or tutors. The tutors provide the continuity, and detailed support to students for 6 months to a year. At AIMS Tanzania, a student who spent five weeks helping with the dissertations, between handing in her PhD thesis and her viva, made a substantial impact. There are also other opportunities.