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Travellers Worldwide is a leading International Provider of Voluntary Projects and Work Experience Overseas

Volunteering Gap Year, Career Break, Grown-up Gappers

Challenging Voluntary Projects with Underprivileged Communities around the World

Teach your choice of subject to children and adults, usually in the poorer section of society, in Schools, Orphanages, Social Care Centres, Crèches. Children’s Homes, and more, and always with the objective of helping the local community. You’ll benefit the children and also gain valuable skills and experience yourself. Your help is always appreciated because  the schools generally have a lack of teachers, high illiteracy rates and poor funding. Teaching the children is hugely satisfying, a high feel-good factor!

You don't need any qualifications to teach. We have teaching projects in many countries, the hardest part is choosing! If you'd like any help, guidance or advice, please contact us by phone, Skype or email. We're here to help you. If you're a teacher taking a break, you may like to know that many schools regard our teaching programmes as professional development, and that this may be used in appraisals or performance management interviews.

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China Costa Rica Ecuador Ghana Malaysia
India Morocco Nepal New Zealand South Africa
Sri Lanka Thailand Zambia Zimbabwe  

Make a difference ... get involved!


Teaching Children in Australia Teach English and a Variety of Subjects to Children in Buenos Aires
Teach in a choice of schools, orphanages and social assistance centres. You can help with English, Drama, Sport, Maths or Music, particularly if you have an interest in one of these areas. You'll act as an assistant to the regular English teacher.

Despite their disadvantages, the children are usually warm and friendly and they respond well to care, attention and affection.


Teaching Children in Australia

Teaching English to Refugee Children in Perth
Work as an assistant teacher in the school’s Intensive English Centre (IEC), which enables refugee children to learn English and adapt to the Australian education system before entering mainstream education.

Class sizes vary between 10 and 15 children in each IEC class and you will be teaching children between the ages of 4 and 12. You can also teach subjects like Sports, Music, Drama, Maths and Art.

The children come from war-torn countries such as Sudan, Somalia and Afghanistan.  


Teach English, Sports and Games to Children in Schools in Bali in Indonesia | Volunteering, Cap Year and Career Break

Teach Children in a Local School or Teaching Centre in Ubud in Bali
Work with children as an assistant teacher teaching English, Sport and Games to local children in a school or Teaching Centre.

You can teach a variety of English Based subjects, and you'll also be able to teach whole classes on your own or or take classes together with other volunteers.

The average ages of children are between 4-7 years old for preschool and between 7-14 years old for primary school.


Teach Children in Florianopolis in Brazil volunteering with Travellers Worldwide

Teaching Children in Brazil

NEW! Teach Children on this very Unusual Project on the Island of Florianopolis in Brazil
This project is very unusual in that you won't teach in a school - rather, you'll work in a Centre that provides unorthodox learning outside of the school environment. Lessons are unique and great fun!

You'll teach a variety of subjects to children from the local community, while keeping them off the streets during non-school hours. You'll have the flexibility and freedom to teach almost any type of subject, including basing lessons around anything relating to your own culture, country and way of life back home

This is a great opportunity to spend time in this wonderful island community.

Teach Conversational English to Children in Rio de Janeiro
Teach English to deserving children who are full of spirit and enthusiasm. You can also teach Art, Drama and Music, or you can combine projects, for example, teaching Art combined with teaching English.

You'll most probably work at different schools and with different age ranges throughout your placement, spreading your help to as many children as possible. This will also give you the opportunity to see different teaching styles in practice.


Tech Children in Samraong in Cambodia

Teach Children in a School in Samraong, near Siem Reap
Teach at a school with 230 eager-to-learn children in Samraong. The children come from 6 different villages in the area and the school provides free education to those who otherwise couldn't afford it.

You can teach the children English in an informal way and also help in other activities (such as working with them in their own individual vegetable patches!).



Teaching in China

Teaching in Chinsa

  Teach English to Children in Yantai
You'll work in two different foreign language schools, both based on the same campus. The main focus is to improve the students' English speaking and comprehension. You'll work alongside 15 fulltime Chinese English teachers, teaching your own classes.

Your lessons can be a combination of teaching from the training text book and lessons of your own design, where you have the opportunity to build a teaching program tailored to your personal preferences.

This Special Programme above is partly funded by the Chinese Government, making it very affordable for you.
Only £995 for  12 weeks, including accommodation and food!

Teach English to Children at a School in Yangzhou
Yangzhou is less well known than the major cities, but it is delightful. You'll assist in a lovely school in Yangzhou ... and you'll have the added bonus of assisting at a Kindergarten, too.

No qualifications required, but you should be able to commit to 4 months in length.

Teach Children at the Lucky Kids Kindergarten in Yangzhou
You'll use games and activities to teach the children English in an informal, interactive setting. Lucky Kids Kindergarten is located in a large and colourful building and you can feel the fun atmosphere as soon as you walk in. You'll be teaching and caring for younger children from ages 3 up to 6. No qualifications required, all you need is a big smile and your creativity. You should be able to commit to 4 months in length.

Teach Conversational English in Beijing
During your project, you will work at one or several schools or language centres in Beijing. Usually, you will have one main school, where you will work for most of the week. You'll then possibly take two or three lessons at other schools on pre planned days.

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Teach in Schools in Costa Rica

Teach English and Other Subjects to Children in Schools
Teach in a choice of schools around the Heredia and Alajuela province close to the capital of San Jose or at a beach town along the Pacific Coast.

You can help with English, Drama, Sport, Maths or Music, particularly if you have an interest in one of these areas. You'll act as an assistant to the regular English teacher.


Teaching Children in Ecuador

Teach English to Disadvantaged Children in Quito
Teach in a Government school that has about 200 pupils aged from 5 to 14 years old. The children come from many different economic backgrounds and family situations. You'll be able to teach English and IT, sports, music, art, drama, anything you have a reasonable knowledge in. You don't need any qualifications.

Teach Conversational English in the Galapagos Islands,
Help teach English to children aged 4 to 12, teenagers and adults of all skill levels. As well as teaching English, there are also opportunities to assist with conservation education and also teach some Art. You'll also be involved in helping out at a local nursery for vulnerable children, as well as assisting in other areas that will benefit the community.


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Teach Disadvantaged Children in Schools in Accra
You'll teach English and other subjects, such as Sports and IT, which are very popular with the children. You can teach for any length of time from two weeks to three months or longer - the choice is yours. The schools are a mixture of primary and secondary.

You will generally be asked to help out with any age groups, although, where possible, we will try to keep you to your preferred age range.

Summer Camp in Accra:
Have fun with the kids! Turn their school holidays into a fun-time learning experience using games, hobbies and any creative activities at a Summer Camp that is free for the children. You use these activities to teach them English, games, sports, arts/crafts, drama/music, magic, face-painting ...

This project runs between approximately 1st August until 10th September every year and can be combined with another project before or after this one.


Volunteer teaching Children in India

Teach English and Other Subjects to Children in Schools in Madurai
Teach conversational English and/or Music, Drama, French, German, Arts and Crafts or Sports, in nursery, primary and secondary schools, with delightful children who are very keen to learn. This project is totally flexible.


Teaching Drama to School Children:
Teach drama to children from the ages of 5 to 12, mainly at matriculation schools where English is taught as the main language. The Principals at the schools are very keen for the children to develop their acting skills and you'll have free rein on devising your own lessons.

You may even be able to put on a production at the school. You'll normally teach 4 to 5 classes per day.


Teach Children in Malaysia on the Island of Borneo

Teach Conversational English to Children in Schools in Borneo
Teach in a rural(ish) village on the island of Borneo in the South China Sea. You'll teach in a primary and secondary school in Tamparuli, about an hour from Kota Kinabalu

English is taught in all schools, but in rural areas the children have no need or opportunity to speak the language outside the classroom, so they get very little practice in pronunciation and speech. Thus having exposure to you as a native English speaker is very beneficial to them and helps them raise their grades, which is a big plus given that in the rural areas, the passing rate of English is only 60%.



Teach Underprivileged Children In Errachidia
Work with children from 13 to 18 years old in non-government schools and other learning centres, as well as a special needs school. The students come from different walks of life and backgrounds, but many of the students are from poor, agricultural background. Thus, the opportunity you provide for them to learn English is very valuable. You can make a huge difference here!


Teach Children in Nepal

Teach English to Children in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur
Teach English and other subjects at a range of schools and districts in Nepal, from 2 weeks to 3 months, you choose your length of project.

The children at each of the schools range from age 3-16 years and you're most likely to take classes for children aged 8-14 years old, as this is where the most assistance is required. Generally, you will work from 10-4 pm from Monday to Friday, leaving you with the weekends free to explore your surroundings.


Teaching children in New Zealand

Teach English in Schools in Auckland
Work with small groups of children at a school where the children are from underprivileged communities and countries, such as such as Somalia, Ethiopia and the South Pacific islands.

You'll work as an assistant teacher, helping small groups of children in a variety of subjects, or one-to-one with some of the children who particularly need help.


Care Projects in Knysna in South Africa

Teaching Children Outdoors in Cape Town

Teach Children in Cape Town, South Africa

Teach Conversational English in Cape Town
Assist in a school that has many children from townships in the surrounding area and exposure to volunteers from around the world benefits them hugely.

You'll work with children ranging from 5 to 13 years old. You can teach English and language enrichment, as well as coaching Sports, teaching Music, Art, Computers, or any other subject that you have particular knowledge in.

Teach Children in Schools in the holiday resort of Knysna
Teach disadvantaged children in township schools in the beautiful coastal resort town of Knysna. Generally you'll teach conversational English, but also other academic subjects if you'd like to, as well as Sports, Drama, Arts and Music. The choice is yours.You can choose to work with primary or secondary schools.

You'll begin by assisting the teacher, but you may, depending on your ability and your confidence, take classes on your own. Class sizes can range between 15 and 40 students.  

Teach Design Technology to Children in Schools in Knysna
Design Technology enables children to become free thinking, creative and to use their imagination. Many of the poorer township schools know little about the subject and are in need for people with design experience to come to their schools, bringing with them their own ideas and hopefully helping to nurture a new generation of design thinkers in South Africa.

Teach Children at a Deaf School in Cape Town
Work in a school in Cape Town that caters for partially and fully deaf children. You'll work with children from 3 to 13 years old, right from when they're first introduced to sign language. The content of the lessons is the same as a regular school, so any subjects you have some knowledge in would be most welcome.

Teach Music, Dance and Drama to Children in Knysna
Inspire poor township children. You may have the opportunity to put together plays or musical performances by the children in front of their parents and other visitors. This is a great project!! You will do some or all of the following:

  •  Organising drama workshops in various local schools around Knysna.

  • Organising an after-school drama club.

  • Helping the local school children to put on a small-scale productions where they can be involved (either acting, creating costumes, masks, set or make-up).

  • Devising and performing educational pieces of theatre (on topical issues, such as bullying).

  • You could also help out with English classes or other subjects.

Teach and Care for Mentally and Physically Impaired Children in Cape Town [BP]
Help in a school that has just over 200 children with physical and intellectual impairments. The pupils are aged from 3 years old to 18. There are four sections covering nursery, junior, middle and senior.

Work as a classroom assistant or class aide (helping children in and out of wheelchairs for different activities, or helping the teacher with various class activities, like painting, doing puzzles – and with the older children cooking, simple maths and reading etc). Other tasks include reading stories to children, helping them do simple tasks on a computer, and supervising outdoor activities

Assist in a primary school for children with variious disabilities or special needs. Some of today’s pupils have cerebral palsy,
others have other syndromes or conditions such as muscular dystrophy, multiple physical impairment, ADHD and specific learning disabilities. You'll work in five different areas, including class aide, 'scribe' administration, libary and generally filling in wherever you're needed

Work in a Centre and Hostel for children with Autism, as a classroom and hostel assistant. You may help where children need special attention, or with a small group while the teacher works with another group. School work varies with different age groups, but is based on the normal school activities – a great deal of one-to-one attention is needed and children learn basic skills.

You'll also be able to help with supervised activities like swimming which is part of the daily summer curriculum. After school, you'll help with "play time” duty . You'll also be involved in indoor supervision of children. Autistic children have to be watched closely at all times, as they may react suddenly and unexpectedly.


Volunteer to Teach English to Children in Sri Lanka

Teach Monks and Children in Sri Lanka with Travellers Worldwide

NEW! Teach Underprivileged Children in Yakkala in Sri Lanka Teach at a very poor school where you'll make a huge difference! Children are between 6 and 17 years old, boys and girls.

You can teach English as well as a host of other subjects, including Music and Dancing and also Arts and Handicrafts. If you'd like to coach Sports, such as Football, Netball and Cricket, the children would love that!

Teach Conversational English to village community children in rural Wasgamuwa, near the famous Game Park - A truly cultural Sri Lankan Experience!

Teaching in Wasgamuwa is varied with ages ranging from about 8 - 40. Your students will be an eclectic collection - from school children to monks and park wardens! And lessons are fun and often include a heavy environmental component. For example, you'll take your students on field trips to watch birds, and you may even be asked to teach the basics of natural history in general and anything about elephants!

NEW! Teach Monks in Temples and Children in Schools in Kandy
Help on this education program by teaching Monks in the temples, and children in pre-schools and upper schools in the villages. The objective is to help them improve their English language.

You'll primarily teach English, but you can also help to teach Drama, Music and other foreign Languages. You'll assist other teachers and staff and may have to create teaching plans, etc. 


Teaching Children in Thailand

Teach English and Other Subjects in Singburi in Thailand
Located on the riverside of River Noi – Little River in the village of Tha Kham is where your home will be. You'll teach in either Primary or Secondary schools, or both. Students range between 4 and 18 years old. Subjects can include English, Physical Education, Environmental Issues, and more. This is a delightful and very sociable project.


Teaching Orphans in Zambia

Teach Conversational English in Livingstone
Very close to the awesome Victoria Falls! Teach English, Maths, Sports or any academic subjects, to children aged 2 and 16 years. If you have skills or knowledge of Drama, Dance, Music or Arts & Crafts, you'll be able to teach these as well

Teach Orphans at a School in Livingstone
Work with orphaned children ranging from 6 to 18, in Grades 1 to 7. You can teach the children conversational English as well as other academic subjects. If you have an interest in Sports, you can utilise that as well. The Centre also has a class of nursery children from the ages of 3 to 6 years. A very worthwhile, enjoyable placement.


Orphan Care project in Zimbabwe with Travellers Worldwide

HIV / AIDS Orphan Care and Teaching Assistance in Gweru, in Zimbabwe
Make an impact on the lives of underprivileged and disabled children! Assist with loving and caring for as well as mentoring orphans and physically disabled, from the very young to high school age.

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Teaching Children Voluntary Project

Teaching Abroad | Travellers Worldwide

1. Teach the Cutest Kids in Lively Knysna in South Africa
2. Teaching in Culture-rich Yangzhou in China
3. Teaching Indian Children English, IT, Drama... and more
4. Working with Orphans in Buenos Aires in Argentina - Making a Difference!
5. Teaching Poor Children in Exotic Sri Lanka Rewarding, Cultural and lots of fun!

Teaching Children in Sri Lanka

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Summer Camp | Travellers Worldwide | Ghana

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About Teaching...

Anyone can do these projects, from 17 to 70+, and from any country. You don't need any qualifications and we provide you with a Teaching Guide which we have had written especially to help you plan lessons and give you ideas of topics.

Your main resource will be the fact that you're a foreigner. The children will bombard you with questions about your home town, your family, your school (or ex school) and they'll want to know all about famous places in your country.

You'll teach in classes and sometimes informally outside the classroom. Teaching Abroad usually takes place in State schools but we do have some private schools as well. We also sometimes work in orphanages and crèches, or in teaching centres.

Class sizes can vary, depending on school and country. Your teaching hours can range from 5 to 20 hours per week, usually over 5 days but occasionally over 6, depending on the school.  You will be expected to prepare lesson outlines, but the Principal and teachers will help you with this.

How your teaching benefits the children:

Your teaching will help the children in so many ways, and they want to learn because they know that the end result will be greater opportunities in life for them, whether career-wise or, for the luckier ones, possibly getting into a better university.

Travellers also makes donations to most of our poorer schools (and also some that we don't work directly with). Sometimes we sponsor the children's education by paying their school fees, or we provide money directly to the school. We also buy necessities, such as food, books, uniforms, computers and other teaching aids for the kids.

And this is only possible because our volunteers have chosen to do a voluntary project with us!

And what do you gain? You will gain valuable skills during your placement, or improve the skills you already have. You'll get experience in how to interact with children and yet retain authority, a boost to your confidence, and the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a huge difference to the children and their abilities.

As one of our volunteers said, "I'm a teacher by profession and every year I go on a Travelers project to teach children in disadvantaged countries. Why? Because they want to learn! Do you know how good it is to teach children who want to learn? It refreshes my spirit and reminds me why I joined the teaching profession in the first place."

Nervous about standing in front of a class and teaching for the first time?

We also provide you with a Teaching Suggestions Guide which we've put together for our volunteers. It is packed with guidelines to help you plan lessons and has many examples and ideas for topics and games to use in class to help the children gain confidence in using English whilst teaching abroad. 


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