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TEACHING ABROAD: Challenging 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 Ecuador
Ghana Malaysia India Morocco Indonesia Bali
New Zealand South Africa Sri Lanka Thailand Zambia

Make a difference ... get involved!


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.


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 Center (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.


Teaching Children in Brazil

Teach on an unusual project with children in Florianopolis

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.

NEW! Teach Children in Schools on the Island of Florianopolis in Brazil

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!

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


Teaching Children in Cambodia

Teach Children in a School in Samraong
Teach at a school with over 300 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 creative activities.


Volunteer to teachchildren in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, with Travellers Worldwide

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 English to Children in Schools 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.


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 vacations 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.


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.

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 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
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!


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.


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 vacation 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 vacation 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

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

Work in a Center 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.


Teach Monks and Children in Sri Lanka with Travellers Worldwide

Teach Monks and Children 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, or Sports or Computer Science. You'll assist other teachers and staff and may have to create teaching plans, etc. 

Teach Conversational English to Children in Wasgamuwa
to village community children in rural Wasgamuwa, near the famous Game Park - A truly cultural Sri Lankan Experience and an opportunity to see elephants in their natural habitat on a very regular basis!

  • 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!


    Voluntary Teaching in Thailand

    Teach English and Other Subjects in Singburi
    Located on the riverside of River Noi – Little River in the village of Tha Kham is where your home will be. You'll work with children ranging from 4 years old and upwards, in Primary and Secondary schools.

    Thailand is a wonderful country - Overwhelming hospitality, friendliness, and a beautiful culture of festivals filled with dancing and music. Charlotte Phillips.


    Teaching Orphans in Zambia

    Teach Conversational English in Livingston
    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 Center also has a class of nursery children from the ages of 3 to 6 years.


    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

    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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