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TEACHING ABROAD: 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.

Argentina Australia Brazil Cambodia China
Ecuador Ghana Malaysia India Morocco
Nepal New Zealand South Africa Sri Lanka Thailand
Zambia Zimbabwe      

Make a difference ... get involved!

ARGENTINA

 
Teaching Children in Australia Teach English and a Variety of Subjects to Children in Buenos Aires
Teach a variety of subjects to children of all ages 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 disadvantages, the children are usually warm and friendly and they need and respond well to care, attention and affection.


AUSTRALIA

 
Teaching Children in Australia

Teaching English to Refugee Children in Perth
Teach English to refugee children from war-torn countries such as Sudan, Somalia and Afghanistan to begin a new life in safety. You'll work as an assistant teacher in the school’s Intensive English Centre (IEC), which was established to enable refugee children to learn English and adapt to the Australian education system before going into mainstream school 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.


BRAZIL

 
Teaching Children in Brazil

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.


CAMBODIA

 
Teaching Children in Cambodia

Teach Poor Children near Angkor Wat in Siem Reap
Teach deserving children at an NGO school near Cambodia’s most popular national treasure, Angkor Wat. You can teach English, Music, Sports, Drama and Healthcare

A big attraction of this particular school is that the teachers are very open to new ideas, so if you have an interest in any other subjects that will be beneficial to the children, you'll be able to incorporate those into your placement as well.


CHINA

 


Teaching in China

Teaching in Chinsa

  Teach English to Children in Yantai
Teach English in the beautiful coastal town of Yantai, a popular summer retreat. You'll work in two different foreign language schools, both based on the same campus. The main focus of this teaching program is to improve the students' English speaking ability 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 you will be provided with 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 £795 for  8 to 12 weeks, including accommodation and food, plus RMB 500 per month towards your spending!
ONLY 6 SPACES AVAILABLE

Teach English to Children at a School in Yangzhou
Yangzhou is less well known than the major cities, but it is delightful. One of the joys of this project is that 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 into the entrance hall. Whether you want to work in early years education, or if you'd just rather teach English at a more basic level, this project is for you.

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.


ECUADOR

 
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. Some are sponsored by their parents' employers, others can't attend school everyday as they work as street vendors for part of the week.

You'll be able to teach English and a wide range of other subjects - IT, sports, music, art, drama, anything you have a reasonable knowledge in. You don't need any qualifications.

Teach Conversational English in the Galapagos Island,
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.


GHANA

 
Teach Children in GhanaTeaching Children in Ghana

Teach Disadvantaged Children in Schools in Accra
You'll teach English and also you can also teach 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, 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:
Come to Ghana and have fun with the kids! Turn their school holidays into a fun 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.

INDIA

 
Volunteer teaching Children in India

Teach English and Other Subjects to Children in Schools in Madurai
Teach conversational English and a choice of subjects in India. All teaching is very much appreciated, so you can combine your teaching with Music, Drama, French, German, Arts and Crafts or Sports.

You can work 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.


MALAYSIA

 
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, located in a village environment.

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%.


MOROCCO

 

Teach Underprivileged Children In Errachidia
You'll work with children from 13 to 18 years old  who will benefit enormously from your help! You'll assist in non-government schools and other learning centres, as well as a special needs school, located in Errachidia where you'll get a true Moroccan experience.

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 English or French to Children in Rabat
Work with underprivileged children, providing training in English, French and Information Technology (IT). The tasks you could be assigned could include:

  • Running small workshops,

  • Assisting local teachers

  • Organizing educational games and activities.

  • You can also assist in summer camps, if they fall in the time that you're there


NEPAL

 
Teach Children in Nepal

Teach English to Underprivileged Children in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur
Teach English and other subjects to children 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. Depending on the length of your placement, it’s likely that you'll be placed at one or perhaps a variety of schools. Generally, you will work from 10-4 pm from Monday to Friday, leaving you with the weekends free to explore your surroundings.


NEW ZEALAND

 
Teaching children in New Zealand

Teach English in Schools in Auckland
You'll work with small groups of children at a school where the children are from underprivileged countries and communities. Many of the children come from different backgrounds and countries 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.


SOUTH AFRICA

 
Care Projects in Knysna in South Africa

Teaching Children Outdoors in Cape Town
An outdoors class!

Teach Children in Cape Town, South Africa







Teach Conversational English in Cape Town
Assist in a school in Cape Town that has many children from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. The majority of the children come 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. You can choose to work with primary or secondary schools. You'll begin by assisting the teach but you may, depending on your ability and your confidence, take classes on your own. Class sizes can range between 15 and 40 students.

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 may also be asked to help with other subjects but this is optional and it is only if you feel confident to do so.

Teach most academic subjects, IT, Computers or Design Technology, in Knysna (in fact, almost anything you have good knowledge about!) -
You'll work with children from the local townships and help to sustain the very beneficial, on-going program we have with the poorer local children.

Teach at a Deaf School in Cape Town
Help children with hearing difficulties. 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
Inspire poor township children. Located in the holiday resort of Knysna. 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!!

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 children to simple tasks on the computer and supervising the outdoor activities

TEACH AND CARE FOR CHILDREN WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES AND SPECIAL NEEDS IN CAPE TOWN (VN)
Assist in a primary school for children with a variety of disabilities or special needs. Some of today’s pupils have cerebral palsy, which refers to a group of permanent but non-progressive disorders of posture and movement. It is due to a dysfunction of the brain, which can occur during birth or as a result of accident or illness in childhood.

Some children 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

TEACH AND CARE FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM IN CAPE TOWN (Ver)
Work in a Centre and Hostel for children with Autism, as a classroom and hostel assistant. You may be asked to help where children need special attention, or to work 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 while the children play outdoors under supervision. You will 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.


SRI LANKA

 
Teaching Children in Sri Lanka
  • Teach Conversational English tto very poor children in Ja-Ela on the West Coast of Sri Lanka. You'll work with disadvantaged children and adults and help to improve significant sections of the local community schools, enabling more children to have access to education. You can teach a range of subjects - anything that you have a reasonable knowledge in.

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


THAILAND

 
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.


ZAMBIA

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. Most of the children are very shy to speak English and it’s in this area that your help is most needed. 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 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. A worthwhile, enjoyable placement.

The Centre also has a class of nursery children from the ages of 3 to 6 years.


zIMBABWE ZIMBABWE

 
Orphan Care project in Zimbabwe with Travellers Worldwide

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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.

 

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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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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