Affordable Teaching Programs with IVHQ

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Are you ready to help increase access to education in communities around the world? You can volunteer with IVHQ, the world’s largest and safest volunteer abroad organization. We provide the most affordable and top-rated teaching volunteer programs across 40+ destinations.

As an IVHQ volunteer, you’ll be joining the world's largest network of volunteer travelers and gain exclusive access to superior pre-departure training and expert support.

You'll work alongside local staff to help increase the quality and inclusiveness of the education provided in communities around the world. Education and English language education, in particular, are highly valued in many of our program locations because of the potential it has to enable people to improve their lives.

Below is a list of 5 of the 40+ destinations across Europe, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central America and South America that we offer impactful and responsible teaching placements in. You can find the rest on our Teaching page.

  • Bali - Ubud: You’ll experience the best of Bali as you give back on the Teaching project where you will play a hands-on role in developing the English language skills of elementary students within Ubud. This project starts every Monday and can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks.
  • Italy: As a Teaching English volunteer in Naples, you’ll either assist local teachers during the day at a local public school or help out with an after-school program, organizing activities and workshops that can help children improve their English skills. This program begins on the first and third Monday of every month and you can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 12 weeks.
  • Ghana: As a Teaching volunteer in Ghana, you’ll be focused on inspiring the interest of school children in studying and speaking English. You’ll be placed in both rural and urban communities in Accra, where you will teach solo or assist one of the few local teachers. This program begins on the 1st and 15th of every month and you can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks.
  • Costa Rica: You will teach English within low-income communities in San Jose and surrounding areas. Children, teenagers and young adults in these communities are very grateful for the opportunity to practice their pronunciation and conversation skills with native English speakers. This program begins every Monday and you can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks.
  • South Africa: You will provide assistance within public schools in Cape Town, tutoring struggling students and working alongside local teachers and other volunteers. This program begins on the first and third Monday of each month and you can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks.
  • Most affordable teaching projects in 40+ destinations
  • Biggest range of safe and flexible projects that are available year-round
  • 10 years experience providing top-rated and responsible programs - our outstanding track record sets us apart!
  • You’ll join a network of 80,000+ volunteers
  • Trusted to support the meaningful adventures of thousands of volunteers every year

Questions & Answers

There is a fee for the program volunteer (teacher). The weekly costs vary based on country. Hope this helps!


based on 20 reviews
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Teaching Means You get to Learn!

I was fortunate to volunteer to teach English at the Linda Community School. I arrived at school by 8am and usually joined the 2nd grade class. The local teacher extended not only English but any of the other courses she taught in English, for me to teach. This gave me an opportunity to push myself to prepare new lessons, adapt my style and teach. When classes were in the local language, I moved on and worked with older students, preparing for exams and pre-school children, wanting to learn new songs. It was a perfect blend of experiences and new learning for me. I had a chance to interact with teachers and contribute my ideas as well as better understand some of the local challenges. After just 2 weeks, I felt a part of the school and if I could have, would have extended my stay. I have already applied for a Booster Grant, offered by IVHQ, on a quarterly basis, to help the school meet some of its resource needs. Can't wait to volunteer again.

How can this program be improved?
Assignment was a great fit for me. As an IVHQ volunteer at other locations, I had the opportunity to use local resources from the sponsor (eg. printer, paper, workbooks to help prepare for my classes). The program in Zambia is new and not as developed. It is my hope in time, that the local partner will be able to do the same and have resources available for volunteers to use.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Susan, Thanks for sharing your thoughts on volunteering with IVHQ in Zambia. It sounds like you had a very rewarding volunteer abroad experience and we look forward to having you volunteer with us again in the future.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Teaching in Madagascar

Teaching in Madagascar was an amazing experience. I loved working with the kids and the adults. I also truly became a part of the community in Ampangarina (village) which was an experience you can't replace. Hearing people's English improve was amazing. Plus, MRCI set up a great home and community for us. I would recommend this to anyone.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi April,

We are so glad to hear that 3 weeks volunteering in Madagascar on our teaching English project was an irreplaceable experience.

Thank you for the feedback.


Yes, I recommend this program
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Hanoi - Teaching English

Arrived Sunday night, met everyone. Monday morning had breakfast (egg bahn mi at a local cafe) then we were taken round the city, see some sights and in the afternoon had a look at some places. On tuesday, orientation continued and we saw the place where we would actually work. Actual work started on wednesday, a guide was hired to take to and from work every day for the first week, after the first week we had to make our own way. I recommend volunteers plan to visit somewhere over the weekend as there isn't a lot to do unless you want to play 200 games of ping pong. Ha Long bay is good if you find a decent trip organiser. Hoi An is beautiful, I would save going there for the last days of your time in Vietnam like I did because you don't want to go back.

About teaching english, I was lucky to have a placement at a great kindergarten with inclusive teachers and kids who were mostly easy. My hours were 8-4 with a break from 1130-1430. Teaching entailed joining in with the students and singing nursery rhymes. Also had to housework in the classroom, sweeping, cleaning, setting the tables up, putting the tables back. While the break sounds good, unless you find something to do, its very boring and trying to sleep in the day, as the teachers and kids do during nap time, only makes you feel more tired. So you need to find something to do in those 3 hours.

After work each day, we came back and relaxed in the apartment lounge and then after dinner (provided by the organisation) we would usually go out to a bar.

How can this program be improved?
If the organisation found a way to drain the water from the bathroom floor in the apartment, so there wasn't always a puddle, that would be great. Its because the shower is in the same part of the bathroom and the drain in behind the toilet, so you need to sweep the water with a brush to get it to go down and this takes a while. So maybe the organisation could spend a little money and install a wide drain that dipped down in the centre of the room. Therefore the floor would be dry enough that people wouldn't have to wear flipflops before they enter the bathroom.
Yes, I recommend this program
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The best experience of my life!

I went to Colombia to teach English for a week. I will say that this has been the most rewarding experience I've had yet. Everything went smoothly. Thanks to IVHQ and Emerging Voices Colombia, I felt safe the entire time. The volunteer coordinators/supervisors are extremely helpful & caring. The volunteer apartment is great & safe. At the school I taught at, the kids were extremely loving & affectionate. That's what I love most about the Colombian culture. They welcome you like you're family. I made new friends from all walks of life. I got to hike a mountain (something that I normally would not do). This experience allowed me to try new things & interact with new people. I came home with a different perspective & memories that are priceless. I'm so happy I took part in this experience. The memories I came home just can't put a price on it! I recommend for everyone to go!

How can this program be improved?
I really have nothing bad to say about the program. If I had to change something, I wish I had extended my stay in Colombia & stayed longer. I didn't want to go home. That's how amazing the experience was!
Yes, I recommend this program
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I had a wonderful time in Cuernavaca, Mexico at Casa Hoy, an organic and beautiful hostel run by a warm and friendly family. Not only did Katie and Gerardo ensure that I felt welcomed but their generosity and cooperation made it undeniably easy to assimilate into Mexican culture. It is always slightly intimidating to enter a new family's home, let alone live with them for a prolonged period but not for a moment did I feel like I was not a part of their happy family. The food was excellent, Katie used the freshest and most wholesome of ingredients and prepared every meal by hand with effort and love. Our lodging was comfortable, toiletries, bedding, everything was provided by the family and I had no trouble whatsoever.

As for the project itself...I cannot thank Casa Hoy enough for sending me to Telesecundaria, a public school with children from low income families. I taught them English, learnt Spanish, played educational games and fell in love with every kid's inspirational story and ambition. Though the students lacked discipline, to a certain extent and at times I was frustrated and wanted to project utmost strictness, it was hard not to enjoy their childish antics and merry making. At the end of the day, I took a lot from the project, I gave a lot to the children and I was able to evaluate my own levels of patience and tolerance, which are necessary tools when dealing with children.

I have made life long relationships with Casa Hoy and Telesecundaria. I may not live in Mexico, but I know that Mexico is forever embedded in my heart. The people are hospitable and friendly, the culture is vibrant and fulfilling in every way and the IVHQ experience is unforgettable.

I only request that certain things be included in the package fees, such as pick up and drop off as well as a small budget for traveling to and from the projects.

Yes, I recommend this program


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IVHQ is the world’s most trusted and affordable volunteer abroad organization, offering the largest range of safe and impactful volunteer programs in 40+ destinations around the world.

Over 80,000 travelers have volunteered abroad with IVHQ over the...