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
- 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
WorldTeach volunteers work as English, mathematics and/or science teachers, in a wide range of schools, from primary to secondary schools, from rural to more urban. WorldTeach volunteers work as English, mathematics and/or science teachers, in a wide range of schools, from primary to secondary schools, from rural to more urban. Most volunteers will be responsible for 20-25 hours of classroom teaching, including lesson preparation and grading. In addition to teaching at least one core subject (English, Math or Science), volunteers are usually assigned additional elective courses to teach, such as physical education, art, health, and computer studies. Volunteers also often engage in other secondary projects as well, such as coaching sports or starting arts clubs.
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 experience.
In addition, interested volunteers are also encouraged to serve as HIV/AIDS Resource Teachers. As an HIV/AIDS Resource Teacher, you will help facilitate HIV/AIDS awareness programs, such as clubs or activities that build life skills and empower learners to make healthy decisions. Volunteers may work with other teachers and administrators to integrate HIV/AIDS awareness into their core subject teaching and throughout the school.
The Ministry of Education in Namibia and the Kristin Linnea Skvarla Foundation are proud to announce a new, lowered pricing structure to our WorldTeach Namibia program available to all new applicants.
The majority of volunteers are placed at government schools in rural areas, where there are the greatest shortage of qualified teachers. Occasionally, volunteers are placed at private schools as well as church-affiliated schools, both of which follow the Ministry-approved curriculum. As mentioned, many teaching placements are in relatively remote areas, where the roads tend to be good but the public transportation and the traffic are limiting. That said, volunteers are able to secure a ride to the nearest town when needed.
Placements are typically individual, so that the maximum number of schools can be served. While you are likely to be the only WorldTeach volunteer at your school, there may be other WorldTeach volunteers in the town or region, or teachers from other international volunteer organizations (e.g. Peace Corps) at your school or nearby. Though WorldTeach has placed volunteers in all 13 Regions throughout its history, currently volunteers are clustered in the northern regions as well as along the coast; however, placements adjust from year to year as per the needs of the Ministry of Education and its schools.
Host schools are responsible for volunteer accommodation, and almost exclusively, volunteers live in government-provided housing. These homes typically have 2-3 bedrooms, which volunteers usually share with Namibian colleagues and/or with other volunteers (e.g. WorldTeach, Peace Corps, VSO, etc). Volunteers will have their own furnished room, although when available, share common rooms with their housemates. WorldTeach requires that all housing have running water, electricity and fully-equipped kitchens; volunteers are expected to be able to cook for themselves.
Your service in Ecuador will begin with one week of Orientation. Orientation includes discussions of teaching methods and practice, health and safety issues, information about culture and life in Ecuador, and Spanish language classes. After orientation, you will travel to your teaching placement where you will teach for approximately seven weeks. Volunteers will convene again as a group for an end-of-service conference.
In the summer program, WorldTeach volunteers in Ecuador work in a number of different capacities. Some volunteers teach English in primary and secondary schools, and others in universities and community classes.
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.
Volunteers teach at many different institutions throughout the country, and may be placed independently or with a small group of other volunteers (from both the summer and year-long programs). Volunteers live and eat meals with a host family.
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.