Whether it’s teaching a child to solve a maths problem, guiding a group of monks through English conversation skills, facilitating business skills workshops for women’s community groups, or assisting local teachers in understaffed schools, when you join a teaching volunteer program, you are helping to shape someone’s future. Join us in beautiful locations across the world for a transformative cultural and learning adventure!
As a volunteer teacher, you may be responsible for delivering formalised lessons that align with a curriculum or be involved in more informal activities such as running extracurricular programs both in and out of the classroom.
You could work with kindergartners on early childhood education programs or with adults on human empowerment projects, such as assisting girls and women entrepreneurs to help improve their access to business opportunities.
Your volunteer teaching could be rooted in developing English literacy, numeracy, sport or art. You could assist with community development programs geared towards public health support, conservation and climate action.
Your work will vary depending on the program and location, but there are various types of teaching you might be involved with, including:
Education is one of the most important resources in any community. Making sure this resource is accessible, equitable and well-maintained is a top priority for schools, community organisations, NGOs and governments across the world. Education and teaching projects help to provide additional support to these organisations.
GVI’s volunteers play a vital part in the success and long-term sustainability of these teaching projects. With the support of our volunteers, GVI and our partner organisations are able to provide children with a safe environment and the support, supervision, socialisation and education in a range of subjects including English, maths, art and sport.
We are also able to help adults – particularly marginalised women – develop new employability skills to improve their access to equal economic opportunities.
Volunteer teaching abroad is invaluable experience to have on any resume. It tells a recruiter that your interpersonal communication skills are strong, you’re able to connect and collaborate with others, you’re a keen problem solver, you push yourself outside of your comfort zone, and you’re passionate about making a difference in the world.
Negotiating different languages and cultures while finding your place in a new community and totally new surroundings, all while keeping your commitments to your students, indicates great leadership skills and an open mind. These are highly-prized qualities in the fast-evolving job market.
Our programs are designed to prepare participants for a whole range of career options. In addition to teaching experience, teaching volunteers will learn employability skills like collaboration, cultural literacy, communication, leadership and project management which are useful whether or not you choose to pursue a career in teaching. This could be a meaningful once-off experience or the start of a vocation – either way you’ll learn something new, discover new skills, make lifelong friends and have an unforgettable adventure.
We welcome people from all backgrounds and experience levels, including:
GVI’s volunteer teaching and teaching internship programs are available in diverse locations across Africa, Asia, Australasia and Latin America. Our programs are tailored to meet the unique needs of each community we work with and all our project agendas and objectives are created by our local community partners.
Culture is at the heart of a community and the experience of working as a volunteer teacher in any of the following bases is completely unique. We offer volunteer teaching opportunities in the following beautiful locations:
Yes. Our volunteer teaching programs abroad commit to the following ethical standards:
Depending on the location and nature of the program you choose, you can expect to teach both children and adults across a range of topics, including formal English or maths classes, workshops of life and employability skills, early childhood development projects, and extracurricular or afterschool activities.
Our most popular locations for volunteer teaching abroad are Ghana, Costa Rica and South Africa. We also offer teaching abroad programs in these unmissable destinations: Nepal, Cambodia, Madagascar and Fiji.
If you choose to join a volunteer teaching abroad program with GVI, then yes! Our programs are completely ethical. You can read more about our ethical standards and practices here.
We do not support orphanage volunteering. Read more about GVI’s stance on orphanage volunteering programs here.
Chat with our trusty team of enrolment experts to find the volunteer teaching program that’s right for you!