Summer Teaching Opportunities in South Africa

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Summer Teaching Opportunities in South Africa

The central objective of our summer project is to provide and support educational initiatives in poor communities in the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town. During Phase 1, the first three weeks after orientation, WTSA runs various programs during the winter school holidays in Masiphumelele township. During Phase 2, volunteers are placed at schools in the 'coloured' Ocean View area. Depending on volunteers' interests and levels of experience, they may work in a preschool, a primary school, a special needs school, or a high school. Volunteers work either with high school students through the Masiphumelele Library or with 7th grade students through the Pink House community center. Volunteers at the library typically tutor students and assist 12th graders with college applications. They also have the opportunity to lead workshops on topics of their interest, like creative writing and debate. Volunteers at the Pink House work on confidence, team-building, and self-expression with their students, and organize speakers on topics like human rights and HIV/AIDS. The Pink House group also takes several excursions to expose students to the natural beauty and cultural opportunities around Cape Town. With our summer 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 FREE while also gaining priceless in-country teaching experience. After orientation, volunteers move in with their host families for the duration of the program. Volunteers have their own bedrooms or share with fellow volunteers. Volunteers typically live in Kommetjie, Fish Hoek, or other middle-class communities, or in Ocean View, where volunteers work during Phase 2. In general, the home placements offer comfort and most modern facilities; however, volunteers may have less privacy than they are used to in the United States, as other living spaces will be shared with the host family.

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Year-Long Funded Teaching Opportunities in the Marshall Islands and American Samoa

WorldTeach, a non-profit organization founded through Harvard University, is currently accepting applications for passionate individuals to serve as volunteer teachers in our yearlong, funded programs in the Pacific Islands of American Samoa and the Marshall Islands. Programs are funded by each country's ministry/department of education. Applications will be accepted into June 2018, and volunteers will depart July/August 2018 for one year. Teaching experience is not required and the program is open to international students. Volunteers are full time teachers of English, math and science.
"The most important thing I learned during my WorldTeach experience is that I can step out of my comfort zone and into an entirely new experience and come out having accomplished more than I ever expected. I learned that having an open mind, a sense of adventure, and persistence will allow me to make the most of every experience and opportunity in life." American Samoa volunteer
Yearlong volunteers receive:
- Housing (teacher apartment or host family)
- Monthly stipend
- Visa
- Health & emergency evacuation insurance
- Training comprising 3-4 week Orientation upon arrival, Mid Service Conference, and End of Service Conference
- Meals and housing during orientation and conferences
- Transportation between training and placement sites
- Support from full time, in-country field staff
- Professional development through Teacher Quality Program and WorldTeach professional development communities

WorldTeach volunteers also receive the following benefits as part of the WorldTeach network
- Access to WorldTeach TEFL Certification enrollment at the volunteer rate
- Discounted enrollment to UN-mandated University for Peace Centre for Executive Education online certificate course
- Access to graduate school scholarships for WorldTeach alumni


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Funded Global Fellowship in China

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?
  • Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)© assessment and coaching program
  • 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.


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