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
schools regard our teaching programmes as professional
development, and that this may be used in appraisals or
performance management interviews.
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
Despite disadvantages, the children are
usually warm and friendly and they need and respond
well to care, attention and affection.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Only £795 for 8 to 12 weeks, including accommodation and food,
plus RMB 500 per month towards your spending!
ONLY 6 SPACES AVAILABLE
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
required, but you should be able to commit to 4 months
Teach Children at the Lucky Kids Kindergarten in
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
project runs between approximately 1st August
until 10th September every year and can be
combined with another project before or after this one.
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.
even be able to put on a production at the school.
You'll normally teach 4 to 5 classes per day.
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%.
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
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
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.
also assist in summer camps, if they fall in the time
that you're there
Teach English to Children in
Kathmandu and Bhaktapur
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.
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
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.
Children in Schools in the holiday resort of
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.
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.
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
Teach and Care for
Mentally and Physically Impaired Children in Cape Town
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
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
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.
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.
English to village community children in rural
Wasgamuwa, near the famous Game Park - A truly
cultural Sri Lankan Experience!
Teach English and Other Subjects in
Singburi in Thailand
Located on the riverside of River
Noi – Little River in the village of
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
Teach Conversational English
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.