• Bangladesh
26 - 52 weeks

Program Details



Salary / Benefits
* Visa sponsorship
* Housing
* Monthly stipend
* Health & emergency evacuation insurance
* Orientation Training- including teacher training, teaching practicum, language and cultural immersion, safety and security briefing
* Support from full time in-country staff
* Professional development with Teacher Quality Coordinator
* Meals & housing during training and conferences
* Transportation between training and placement sites
* Mid-Service Conference
* End-of-Service Conference
Dec 04, 2017
Sep 04, 2012

About Program

WorldTeach originally started teaching in Bangladesh in 2008, when we were invited by the Asian University for Women, an international university located in Chittagong that seeks to provide a world-class education to promising young women from diverse cultural, religious, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Our volunteers work as English or math teachers or sometimes as Teaching Assistants as well as Writing Center tutors. This is a unique opportunity to become fully immersed in the local culture and community, improve foreign language skills, gain teaching and leadership experience, and intercultural communication skills that will transfer to any professional field.

With our year-long program, you can also become TEFL certified to earn credibility and give you an edge in the ESL teaching job market. While certification usually costs about $1,899, with WorldTeach you can become certified for only $350 while also gaining priceless in-country teaching experience.

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Program Reviews

7 Rating
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  • Benefits 8.3
  • Support 7.7
  • Fun 7.3
  • Facilities 3
  • Safety 7.3
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Yes, I recommend this program

Good experience

WorldTeach support was amazing from pre-departure to the last work day in May. This made living in Chittagong far easier and more comfortable than expected. Having all volunteers at the same school (vs spread out over the country) provided a great social network, and we were lucky to have a great field director to support us and help sort out problems between the students, staff and university. As a new university, AUW is not the calmest place to work. Frequent administration changes and learning disruptions were an upset to everyone, but the hard working, keen students never failed to show their genuine appreciation and gratefulness for the opportunity to gain a university education. They were truly inspiring and motivated us to do our best at work. Your work life may end up consuming you, but that's exactly what you're there to do. You will miss a lot of comforts from home, and there will be horrible days when it feels like everything in Chittagong is out to get you!!! But it all ends as soon as you feel your routine developing, and you'll return with great stories. Fully celebrate the country's food, culture and festivities. Try to communicate in Bangla - the language classes at the beginning of the school year will come in handy! Most of the students do speak English and Bangla, and are willing to help/translate in any situation.

The current university campus is comprised of retrofitted apartment buildings, and feels quite cramped. Provided apartments were spacious - a nice refuge and contrast to the streets outside. There really isn't anywhere to go and hang out, apart from a few restaurants, but the AUW library is quite well stocked with books and DVDs. You'll be constantly stared at and photographed. Dhaka, one of the world's most densely populated cities, serves as a great getaway. There's a comfortable, safe university guesthouse there to stay at for free.

I didn't do much research before leaving. I thought it would be more unsafe than it was, and I had a great experience. I don't want to return to Bangladesh, but I'm glad I stuck it out!

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No, I don't recommend this program

Life in Chittagong

The students have great spirit and the mission of this school is perfect and wonderful on paper, but the university has administrative and logistic issues that have ultimately impeded the students' education and progress. While some students are quite bright, many are average and others barely understand English. You will inevitably be teaching English grammar even if you're meant to be TA'ing a science or literature class. Your experience is what you make of it but will most likely be shaped by your fellow volunteers, who you will live, work, and socialize with. Getting out of the AUW bubble can be rewarding and fun as much as it is frustrating and exhausting, and there are many days where you might find it best to just stay indoors.

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Response from WorldTeach

First off, thank you for your service and dedication to your students! Although they come from diverse economical, educational, social, and cultural backgrounds, they all deserve caring and committed teachers like you.

We often say that WorldTeach volunteers have the opportunity to really peer into different educational systems around the world at a grassroots level not afforded by other programs. It sounds as though you've encountered this experience and have seen first hand the challenges and obstacles that are faced in international educational development. Administrative and logistic issues are, no doubt, frustrating for both local and foreign teachers. However, a perfectly administered school with plenty of resources, human and otherwise, probably would not need WorldTeach volunteers. In short, we agree wholeheartedly - your experience, in international volunteerism and in life, is what you make of it!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Work with the most incredible students ever!

Although the Asian University for Women suffers from some of the common pitfalls of universities and organizations in the developing world (meetings don't happen on time, bureaucracy gets in the way of efficiency, it's difficult to get things done quickly,) the dedication of the students more than makes up for it!

Each day, I worked with students individually in the university Writing Center or in small discussion groups for various courses. I was constantly blown away by students' curiosity and intelligence. They don't rest until they are sure they have completed every requirement as fully as possible. After having worked with students in the U.S., this was quite surprising, and actually took a bit of getting used to.

Living in Chittagong is also quite the adjustment. Westerners are rare, so you get quite the celebrity treatment everywhere you go - cell phone pictures, random people saying hello to you, a lot of staring. Also, there are very few "third spaces" - places to just hang out, outside of work and home so if you like hanging out at coffee shops, parks, bars, or museums, this is not the place for you. Apartments provided by the university are huge, though sometimes hard to keep clean. Food is a constant adventure in adjusting.

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