Who is this teaching placement abroad for?
Volunteering is very different to being a tourist because you will spend a significant amount of time ( 1-2 weeks) in one place and you will be working on a daily basis with local people. This provides an invaluable opportunity to learn about different cultures, develop an understanding of the issues facing host communities and develop a sense of global citizenship.
Any native English speaker can be a valuable resource for us but please refer below preferred criteria for selection to understand the minimum expectations of our program. The emphasis of both the classroom teaching and the small-group tutoring is on improving real-life conversational skills, not formal rules of grammar. Most important, you’ll draw on your own enthusiasm and creativity to bring your own personality into the classroom! Family members can team-teach, making this a valuable family volunteer experience.
Universities look for candidates with life experience and international travel experience. They value students who have taken a year out but are increasingly demanding as to how you choose to use your time out. One research says that “there are good gap years and bad gap years, with young people expected to justify the manner in which they spend their time“.
For example, Harvard University encourages students to defer enrolment for one year to “travel, pursue a special project or activity, work, or spend time in another meaningful way” (Harvard College Office of Admissions 2010).
Preferred Criteria for selection
- Native English speaker
- Age 20 – 65
- Professionals / teachers / Undergraduates
What will you be doing?
You’ll be teaching English to employees of our BPOs. It’s exciting! The people you’ll be teaching are from a variety of backgrounds and have varying levels of English knowledge. You’ll need to be flexible, adaptable and be ready for anything. But that sounds like you, right?
You’ll usually teach four hours a day, Monday through Friday, and have four hours each day to collaborate with your teammates and prepare for class. Often teaching is done through simple conversations, field trips, games or other organized events.