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About

WorldTeach was founded in 1986 by a group of Harvard students who were motivated by the desire to promote local education initiatives in places where teachers and resources were lacking. Today, we continue to provide opportunities for individuals to serve as volunteer teachers around the world, working to educate under-served students in countries that would otherwise be unable to afford or locate qualified teachers. Each year, we send about 500 volunteers, impassioned by that same desires as our founders, to local schools and host communities in countries around the world that have specifically requested our support. WorldTeach is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit and Charity Navigator 4-star charity.

Founded
1986
Headquarters

1 Brattle Sq
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Reviews

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Laura
10/10

What a year. When I first got to the Marshall Islands, I was unsure of what I was getting myself into. There were unique aspects of the Marshallese culture that I had to adjust to, and teaching was especially hard. However, after a few months, I got into the swing of things and life became more natural. By the end of the year, I did not want to leave.

WorldTeach provides you with the necessities. You get a small stipend which is enough to survive on (but I would recommend bringing some savings). There is a three week orientation at the beginning of the year where they cover the basics life safety in the culture, some language, basic teaching principles. Once they send you into the your community, the field director will check on you throughout the year and is available in the case of an emergency. However, for the most part you are on your own. The best support comes from your fellow volunteers and within your own community.

During the course of this year, I felt like I had become part of such a special community and learned about these people far beyond what any traveler could see. Life in the Marshall Islands is slow and difficult. However, if you are up for the challenge, willing to step outside of your comfort zone and have an open mind, then the satisfaction you will feel from the impact you make and relationships you build, far exceed the obstacles.

How can this program be improved?
It would be nice to receive some more support from the staff. I lived on the same island as the field director, yet never really developed a relationship with her. \
Yes, I recommend
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Lori
9/10

My year spend teaching English in a Chinese middle school was full of so many amazing challenges and experiences. It was such a unique experience in such a beautiful country. The students I taught were kind and so fun to get to know. The food and culture was a great experience. The travelling I did while I was in China was definitely a highlight to my year. One of my favorite memories was spending a Lantern festival with several of my Senior students and getting to know them better outside of school! The kids work so hard in school, it was great to get to know them better and have fun with them!

How can this program be improved?
This program has an excellent orientation service program, however I feel like it needed to include more hands on instruction on teaching high school students with very limited English speaking skills.
Yes, I recommend
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Camilla
9/10

My experience was excellent. The things that made it a little harder were the lack of teaching resources and training, which made settling into the new job a little harder. Otherwise, everything that comes with moving to a new country and living within a different language were to be expected.
Future participants should know that even though this is a tropical location that it will not be like a holiday. this is a working job where you should really put all your effort into doing to the best of you ability - even if you are finding the transition tough. Even though you will leave afterwards it doesn't mean that you can or should give up when things get a little tougher. Stick it out and you will be rewarded!

How can this program be improved?
A more rigorous teaching and Marshallese language training given either throughout orientation or even throughout the year.
Yes, I recommend
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Megan
10/10

WorldTeach is good at helping with the visa process, which is great because it’s complicated to get a Z visa (work visa). They provide a good orientation at the start of the program and TEFL certification. There’s someone in country there to support volunteers. For my year, the program was called China Global Education Fellowship and we were placed in different cities and towns in Hunan province. You can choose if you want to be in a city or a more rural area. I chose city, so I was placed in ZhuZhou, a small million of a few million. I teach oral English at Nanfang High School (Nanfang zhong xue). Some volunteers teach at high school’s and others at middle schools. The contract is for 16 hours of teaching a week. My school has two English clubs, called English Corners in China, and some don’t have them. You can start one if you want. Classes are pretty large, so English Corners are one way to talk with students in small groups. You get a stipend of 3,000 RMB/month, which is about what Chinese teachers make. I’ve has such a great experience, that I’m staying for another year!

How can this program be improved?
It would be great if WorldTecah could offer more scholarship opportunities for grad schools, etc.
Yes, I recommend
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Kristi
10/10

I decided to do WorldTeach Costa Rica a little over ten years ago because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, learn Spanish, and help people. My actual experience way surpassed these goals. It’s difficult to summarize all of the amazing things about the country and program: the people, the environment, the time to be alone and challenge yourself. I was probably a little too rose-colored glasses at times (I was fresh out of undergrad), but now that I reflect back more critically on what happened that year, I have a deeper appreciation for WT and what the MEP was trying to do. My main job was co-teaching kinder-3rd grade, and that was challenging and rewarding. I was also lucky to have a great family, who I am still in touch with and hope to visit again soon, and to live in an area where there was always something to do (having another WT volunteer in my town was so much fun!). I enjoyed the little trips with the other volunteers and having my WT best friend come visit whenever she could! The directors were great in prepping us, Orosi was a perfect training site, and I felt lucky to have the support. This program also introduced me to teaching, which I thought at the time would be my eventual path. It also gave me something unique to talk about in job interviews and grad school applications.

How can this program be improved?
I’m so sad to see this program is no longer offered. I read some reviews that the program cost was too much... not sure how much it increased, but I imagine it can’t be more than rent, food, and teacher/language training for a year. But anyway, if I could help at all to bring it back, I would :)
Yes, I recommend

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