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VOLUNTEERING AND GAP YEARS IN TEACHING CHILDREN, NO TEFL REQUIRED

Teaching volunteering projects abroad that you can do as part of your work experience, gap year or career break, or just as a volunteering holiday. 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. If you'd like any help, guidance or advice in choosing, 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:
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.

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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.

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BALI - INDONESIA:
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.

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BRAZIL:
Teach Children on this very Unusual Project on the Island of Florianopolis
Teach school children from local communities on the stunning Island of Florianopolis! We work with several schools in the north of the Island. You may Teach more formal English at public schools, or you could teach children at a private school with an innovative system of learning in which students decide what they want to study!

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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!).

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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.

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ECUADOR:
Teach English to School Children in the Galapagos Islands
Teach in one of the most fantastic places on the planet - the Galapagos Islands! This project is based on the beautiful island of San Cristobal. Help teach English to children between the ages of 4 and 12, and teenagers aged 13-18. Alongside English you can also help teach IT, Sports, Art and Music.

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GHANA:
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.

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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.
You'll assist a teacher for up to a week and once you gain confidence and feel comfortable in the classroom, you'll be able to become involved in lesson planning and take classes on your own

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INDIA:
Teaching Drama to School Children in Madurai
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'll normally teach 4 to 5 classes per day.
You may even be able to put on a production at the school.

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NEW ZEALAND:
Teach English to Children 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.

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SOUTH AFRICA:
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.

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SOUTH AFRICA:
Teach Children in Schools in Cape Town
Assist in a school in Cape Town that has many children from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.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.

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SOUTH AFRICA:
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 and you'll 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.

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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.

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SOUTH AFRICA:
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

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SOUTH AFRICA:
Teach and Care For Children with Physical Disabilities and Special Needs in Cape Town (VN)
Assist in a primary school for children with various 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

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SOUTH AFRICA:
Teach and Care For Children with Autism in Cape Town (Ve)
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.

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SRI LANKA:
Teach Conversational English to village community children in rural Wasgamuwa
This project is located near the famous Wasgamuwa 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!

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SRI LANKA:
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.

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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.

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ZAMBIA:
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.

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ZIMBABWE:
HIV / AIDS Orphan Care and Teaching Assistance in Gweru
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.
You'll be accommodated on a stunning private reserve and have the opportunity to experience hands on interaction with lion cubs, elephant rides, canoeing & fishing, and horse riding, to name a few exciting activities you can enjoy in your time off.

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I'm a teacher by profession and every year I go on a Travellers 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. Paul White

How your Teaching Benefits the Children:
They want to learn because 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. Sometimes we sponsor the children's education or we provide money directly to the school. We also buy necessities, food, books, uniforms, computers and 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? Valuable skills, or improve the skills you already have. 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.

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