Join Global Volunteers as a volunteer English teacher in Portugal - for one to two weeks! We are looking for volunteers in the Beja area of Portugal to teach dynamic and exciting groups of youth and adults. Portuguese people, especially in rural areas, have limited resources for learning English even though it’s an increasingly important skill. Volunteers assist in public elementary and secondary schools and technical and trade schools.
The need for volunteers grows each year and no professional teaching background is necessary. Existing lesson plans and curriculum are available for all volunteer teachers. Informal types of lessons, especially focused on U.S. culture, are encouraged. Help Global Volunteers inspire young English-learners!
- Complete immersion in Portuguese culture.
- Work with Portuguese people to support their English language learning.
- All logistics (except for international airfare) arranged by our staff, so you can focus on volunteering.
- Global Volunteers' policy: safety trumps everything. Volunteers are well taken care of by their Team Leader while on a service program.
- Discover the fascinating culture and beautiful sites of Portugal.
Beja’s aim to become a major tourist hub in the Alentejo region propels educators’ desire to fully prepare students to support and advance this capacity through their English skills. We work directly through English language teachers in middle, secondary, and college-level classrooms to teach students practical conversational English lessons. Use your own creativity and ideas from Global Volunteers’ English Teaching Guide. The classrooms are remarkably similar to American schools, with some of the classrooms being computerized. Many materials have been assembled and are available, including age-appropriate maps, games, and songs. Ample time is provided for preparation and, at the evening team meeting, volunteers share experiences and success stories. You don’t need special skills – just a desire to help and patience when communicating with students. Share and start a dialog and watch “the magic” happen!
Talking about the American lifestyle and culture prompts students to interact, question, and practice their speaking ability. It’s largely through sharing life stories and experiences that the teaching, the learning, and the friendships occur!