International Volunteer Programs in Teaching
Teaching volunteers on World Endeavors projects provide increased educational opportunities for children and adults in communities around the world. Volunteers provide classroom instruction in English and other subjects, and may also do small-group or individual tutoring outside class. Most teaching volunteers work in primary or secondary schools, though some volunteer opportunities are available with adults as well. Some volunteers begin their placement by assisting in a classroom, and then gradually take over responsibility for teaching a lesson or a whole class. Other volunteers assume responsibility for their own classrooms from the beginning of their placements. Volunteers can develop and implement creative lesson plans and lead after-school activities such as art, music, theater, sports, or gardening.
With any volunteer project, the nature of volunteers’ work begins with the needs of the community. The specific tasks volunteers carry out depend on the project, the time of year, the country, and most importantly, the needs of the individuals they are helping.
The Value of Volunteering Abroad
World Endeavors’ international volunteer programs have lasting benefits for both host communities and individual volunteers. Volunteering abroad is a valuable way to contribute energy and enthusiasm to projects that host communities have identified as important. In addition to serving the needs of communities around the world, volunteers gain a better understanding of other cultures and become more engaged global citizens.
In the Spotlight: Teaching Abroad
Teaching volunteers have a direct impact on their host communities by interacting daily with local students and educators. Whether they work with primary students, secondary students, or adults, teaching volunteers contribute their enthusiasm and skills to address some of the most pressing needs of their host communities. International teaching projects give volunteers a new perspective on the world and on education, while broadening the horizons of students and providing local teachers with needed and much-appreciated assistance.
Eligibility for Volunteering Abroad
Volunteering abroad can be a life-changing experience, with unique rewards and challenges. To meet the challenges of these projects, it is important for participants to bring both enthusiasm and humility to their projects. Successful volunteers combine energy and a strong work ethic with respect for their local communities and a willingness to listen and take direction.
Volunteers with an interest in teaching, an education background, or simply a desire to make a difference to international communities are well suited to a World Endeavors volunteer project in teaching. World Endeavors teaching volunteers are enthusiastic about being immersed in the hands-on work of education and about making a direct difference in the lives of children internationally. Successful teaching volunteers are patient, creative, and ready to adapt to unfamiliar cultures and educational settings.
Where Can I Do this Project?
World Endeavors offers the following Teaching volunteer projects: