Volunteer Teaching Placements Abroad
You don't have to be a teacher to volunteer on our Teaching projects abroad. There is no need to have a TEFL qualification to gain work experience in any of our overseas destinations. You don't even need to speak the local language where you are going. The programme is open to all volunteers whether you are on a gap year, at university or wanting a career break. All we require is a good standard of spoken English.
You will find a warm welcome awaits you amongst our students around the world. Often their local teachers are very capable of teaching the structural aspects of the English language - such as the grammar - but do not use the correct intonation or pronunciation, because they lack the confidence of a native speaker. In most of our destinations by providing conversational English teaching you can greatly enhance the learning experience and the future prospects of thousands of children and adults with whom we work in the developing world.
In some countries you may find that all you have is a blackboard and a piece of chalk in the classroom. Fortunately the main resource you have is yourself. The students will want to find out about you. They will want to know why you have chosen to come and teach in a school in India or a university in Mexico. Lots of the lessons will give you the opportunity to explain about where you live or your interests and hobbies at home.
Teaching English Abroad
The amount of timetabled English lessons per week that you will teach varies depending on the country and even the individual schools. In some countries you will be expected to be at school during the entire working day, but you may just teach two or three classes, in other cases you may just teach in the morning for example. You will also need to take time to prepare your lessons and you may often be asked to mark students' work. Many volunteers choose to help out in other areas too, taking students for sports, drama or music lessons for example.
It is a good idea to bring some of your own resources too, whether it is pictures of your friends and family or some postcards of where you live. Another great aspect of a Projects Abroad experience is being able to sit down with other volunteers and share ideas of what works best in the classroom and in many destinations we run regular teaching workshops so you can share your ideas and learn more about education in the country you’ve chosen.
Here is what some of our past Teaching volunteers have had to say:
"With such a passion for helping children, it seemed obvious to me that the teaching project was definitely the one for me. I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The teaching project was great and provided me with many challenges as well as amazing experiences every day."
Teaching volunteer in India