WorldTeach is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1986 in response to the need for educational assistance in developing countries. WorldTeach has placed thousands of volunteer educators in communities throughout Asia, Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Pacific. Volunteers are placed in schools and host communitities that specifically request WorldTeach volunteers and would otherwise be unable to afford or located qualified teachers. Volunteers receive training, language preparation, and field support, empowering them to make an impact that will last long after they leave.
In order to be eligible to apply, you must:
- Be a native English speaker; volunteers DO NOT have to be US citizens
- Be at least 18 or older
- Have a bachelor's degree by date of program's departure (for year-long and semester-long programs ONLY)
- Prior formal teaching or foreign language experience is not required; Volunteers accepted for semester and year-long programs are required to completed 25 hours of ESL teaching experience (paid or volunteer) prior to their departure
Please select a program by going through WorldTeach materials online. Some programs have specific qualifications and all programs have fixed departure and return dates.
There are significant costs involved in recruiting, preparing, sending, training, and supporting a volunteer to teach in a developing country. WorldTeach, the volunteer and the chosen country's host institution must work in a partnership to meet these costs. The volunteer commitment raised by the volunteer is part of the volunteer's contribution to the overall cost. Once in country, volunteers typically receive a monthly stipend that is comparable to a public teacher's salary.
Visit the WorldTeach website for more benefit information.