The WorldTeach Global Education Fellowship (GEF) focuses on the intersections of globalization and learning in the 21st century.
As one of our China Global Education Fellows, you will live in and experience a country that makes up 20 percent of the world's population and is on the brink of becoming the world's largest economy. What does this mean for the future of global trade and the global workplace? In what ways does China's modernization impact Chinese society, overall, and its next generation of entrepreneurs, teachers, and professionals? How are traditional cultures and norms being impacted during this period of rapid industrialization and urbanization? These questions will be among those posed and explored during your fellowship. Serving as a full time teacher in a local school in Hunan Province, you will also conduct research and reflection projects, either on your own or in collaboration with other Fellows. As a China Global Education Fellow you will develop highly coveted 21st century skills, Chinese cultural expertise, and a basic understanding of the Mandarin language, making you more competitive in the global marketplace. In return, you will serve as a role model for high school and middle school students who are facing a highly competitive educational and employment market, themselves.
Placements for your fellowship take you to a town or city in the Hunan province. With a population of more than 65 million people, Hunan Province includes the large capital city of Changsha as well as smaller, but still urban, village centers.
The Global Education Fellowship is a multi-faceted professional development program. Fellows are expected to complete research and reflection projects addressing the theme of how 21st century globalization is affecting education and learning, with projects tailored by each Fellowship participant to match their unique areas of interest and career objectives.
The research component will average 15 hours per month, while teaching will average 30 hours per week. You will be responsible for lesson plans, grading and other duties as assigned by local school administrators. Class sizes and students' previous exposure to English will vary.
What training and support does the Fellowship provide?
Mentor support for individual research or reflection project that contributes to the understanding of intersection of globalization and education as it impacts students' futures or learning.
Professional development seminars focused on the forces of globalization and their impacts on education and national development
WorldTeach accredited TEFL certification and week-long orientation to prepare for teaching placements
Career mentoring upon fellowship conclusion
Access to network of over 7,000 WorldTeach alumni both during fellowship and after
Additional Fellowship Details
Depart in early August 2017, return in mid June 2018
The Fellowship is funded and includes visa, housing, local transportation, supplemental overseas health and emergency evacuation insurance, orientation and additional training conferences, 24-hour in-country field director support, access to educational resources, TEFL certification, and alumni support and networking. Airfare is not included.
Fellows receive a monthly living stipend to cover basic expenses.
American Samoa is a U.S territory, which provides it access to America's federal programs. All of its schools, even those on the outer islands, have some internet access, text books and school supplies. Cell phone coverage is also available throughout the islands.
In July 2008, WorldTeach, in partnership with the Department of Education of American Samoa, sent its first group of volunteers to teach various subjects in elementary and high schools on the islands. The program has since grown substantially due to local support and demand. WorldTeach is the first volunteer organization to forge a relationship with the Department of Education.
Volunteers generally serve as English teachers in public high schools or middle schools.
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 in-country experience.
Volunteer teachers may be placed at any of the public schools in American Samoa. The majority of volunteers are placed in schools on Tutuila – the biggest island in American Samoa. Volunteers are also placed in Manu'a and on Aunu'u – the smaller islands of the territory.
Housing accommodations vary in American Samoa. Some volunteers stay in a separate house on a family's communal land, while other volunteers have a separate room within the family's house. The majority of the volunteers are placed in groups of two to three per house. Even if not in an intimate host family situation, volunteers must recognize the importance of social life at home in Samoa.
Most volunteer housing is a relatively short walk or bus ride from their schools. Volunteer placements range from relatively rural locations, near the mountains or the ocean, to somewhat industrial, in the Tafuna/Nu’uuli area.
Your service in Ecuador will begin with a month-long intensive orientation run by the Field Staff. Orientation will include TEFL training, two weeks of intensive practice teaching, Spanish classes, information sessions and discussions about Ecuadorian culture and politics, health and safety issues, and cross-cultural adjustment.
After orientation, volunteers travel to their sites and begin their teaching assignments. Depending on the placement, volunteers are usually responsible for teaching up to 20 hours a week. Apart from classroom hours, volunteers are also responsible for preparation of classes, grading and any other duties assigned by their institutions. Class size varies widely through the placements, as do the types of students and their level of English. Volunteers may teach university students, faculty and staff, and/or open-enrollment classes for members of the community.
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.
Volunteer placements in Ecuador are based on the best match between the needs of the host institution and the personal qualifications of the volunteers. Volunteers may be placed independently in their host community or with a small group of other volunteers (including other departure groups and the summer program).
Volunteers live with host families. Most host families will have electricity and running water, though in some regions hot water is inconsistent at best. Weather in Ecuador varies greatly, depending on the region. The coast is hot and humid year round, with frequent rain from January through April, while weather in the Sierra is often described as "eternal springtime," with cooler temperatures (depending on altitude) and periods of both rainy and dry weather. It rains consistently in the rainforest region, with a slightly drier period from December to February.
Lunch is the largest meal in Ecuador, and involves multiple courses. The first course of soup is typically followed by a main dish consisting of rice, meat or chicken, and beans or lentils. Potatoes are native to the Andes, and also feature prominently in the Ecuadorian diet. A wide variety of fresh tropical fruits and juices are also available throughout the year.
Volunteers can choose to earn a 125-hour In-Destination TEFL Certificate accredited by WorldTeach through ACCREDITAT during their term of service.