Young students take part in an interactive lesson during one of Projects Abroad's volunteer teaching abroad placements.

Volunteer English Teaching Abroad


Join a teaching abroad program and help children access the education they need for a brighter future. We know that education is essential for breaking down the barriers of poverty and inequality. We see it every day on our Teaching Projects. By joining us on a volunteer teaching placement, you’ll be able to make this change happen yourself!

This is what you can expect from our teaching volunteer opportunities:  

  • Work with children and young people in elementary schools, high schools or colleges
  • Learn from and support local teachers as a teaching assistant
  • Contribute to lessons and get real classroom experience
  • Get a first-hand perspective on global education and its challenges

We have short and long-term teaching abroad placements available. If you’re passionate about a specific subject or have the experience, let us know. We can make sure you’re at a project that’s the best fit for you. We have:

  • Programs for volunteers wanting to teach English
  • Placements for volunteers interested in teaching basic computer skills
  • Opportunities for volunteers wanting to teach physical education abroad

Our programs run year-round, and you can join a trip at any time. It’s ideal if you’re looking for summer teaching programs abroad, or interested in teaching during the school year.

Interested in joining a Teaching Project in Peru? You can support Peru's Ministry of Education teacher training, starting January 7 2024. Learn more.

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Volunteers clean a beach with sea lion on it
Gap Project: Peru & Galapagos Islands
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  • Price: $7,895 USD for 8 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: $300 USD
  • Start Date: Throughout the year
  • Minimum Duration: 8 weeks
  • Ages: 17-24
A group of gap semester students experience cultural immersion in a Maasai village in Tanzania, East Africa.
Gap Project: Kenya & Tanzania
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  • Price: $6,595 USD for 6 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: $300 USD
  • Start Date: Throughout the year
  • Minimum Duration: 6 weeks
  • Ages: 17-24
A volunteer helps his students with their classwork during his teaching work experience in Sri Lanka
Volunteer Teaching with Monks in Sri Lanka
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  • Price: $2,400 USD for 2 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: $350 USD
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
  • Ages: 16 or over
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We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom volunteer teaching abroad project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small.

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Is an international teaching program right for me?

Our teaching abroad opportunities are for you if:  

  • You’re interested in education and how people learn
  • Your career path includes this vision: seeing yourself at the front of a classroom, motivating students, and helping them realize their full potential 
  • You’re a qualified teacher looking to volunteer and teach abroad
  • You’re a retired teacher looking for volunteer opportunities
  • You’d like to empower the next generation of global citizens
  • You’re eager to travel, meet people from around the world, and learn about different cultures

If any of these points interest you, then we can help! We have teaching overseas programs to suit different levels of experience and interests. You can learn how to teach abroad, or use your skills to make a real difference. 

Teach English around the world and use the experience to build a strong resume. You’ll also have an edge in interviews, especially if you’re applying for a teaching qualification.

You’ll work alongside a local teacher, and we’ll teach you what you need to know before you step into a classroom. You don’t need: 

  • A TEFL or CELTA qualification
  • Previous teaching experience
  • Knowledge of the local language 

All you need to teach English abroad is a passion for education. If you're interested in teaching, but want to focus on other community issues, you can consider one of our Youth Development and Social Work Projects. We can also organize Teaching Internships abroad for those with specific requirements. Read our full list of projects for volunteering abroad.

As I had hoped, my time in Argentina shaped the direction of my future. While working at St. Mark’s, I realized that the adult classes were my favourite ones to teach. Consequently, I decided to pursue a career in post-secondary education. - Robin G, Teaching in Argentina

A volunteer teaching abroad works with students on a Projects Abroad placement.

What are the benefits of teaching abroad?

Teach around the world and expect to gain: 

  • Skills like teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, organizing, planning, and time management 
  • Teaching experience in a real classroom environment
  • A global mindset, from working and empathizing with people from different cultures and backgrounds 
  • Confidence from challenging yourself outside of your comfort zone 

All of the above will improve your resume to give it the edge it needs for future applications. You'll experience personal development while teaching English overseas.

Although teaching proved to be more difficult than I anticipated, the children motivated me to try my best. Their diligence and sweet smiles were inspirational. I quickly learned lesson planning, the ins and outs of flashcards, games, and how to manage a classroom full of hyperactive children. - Ekaterina L, Teaching in Cambodia

Why does international teaching matter?

We believe that education is essential so that young people to move beyond the barriers of poverty and disadvantage. The schools we support are often stretched to the limit of their resources. On an international teaching opportunity with us, you’ll provide extra support and enthusiasm where it’s really needed.

My best memories of teaching were the days that we made huge breakthroughs. The children were so bright and picked up ideas quickly. I was only there for a short time, but I felt we made a lot of progress- the kids couldn't hold a pencil properly when I arrived and could write the alphabet when I left! - Ruth B, Teaching in Ghana

What sets Projects Abroad’s Teaching Projects apart?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. Our volunteer teaching opportunities are ethical and well supported. Here are some factors that set us apart:

Dedicated staff support

Each project has a full-time member of staff whose job it is to support our volunteers. We don’t expect our volunteers to be qualified teachers or experts in education. On a teaching opportunity abroad, you’ll work with trained teachers from the local community who will guide you along the way. 

Our local Projects Abroad staff will also be available to help. They’ll help you plan your work and be available to give you advice and assist you with anything you need.

A targeted approach

We’re about a lot more than pitching up and pitching in. We stand apart from other volunteering projects because we’re guided by annual reviews and thorough needs assessments, which are recorded in our Management Plans.

This level of professional strategic thinking around each project is very important to us. It helps us make sure our volunteering teachers and the communities we serve both get the outcomes they need. 

A fun lesson held during one of our volunteer teaching opportunities abroad.

Our Child Protection Policy

We take protecting the children and young people we work with very seriously. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive Child Protection Policy.

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