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Teaching Abroad Opportunities for Experienced Teachers

volunteer opportunities for experienced teachers

Experienced and retired teachers tell us frequently how much they enjoy engaging with new students and teachers in a new culture and in new classrooms on a service program abroad. One of the most fulfilling challenges our volunteers report is leveraging the skills they’ve honed over decades to benefit children who might have been exposed to only one style of instruction. To see eyes light up with recognition and curiosity is what every teacher craves.

And for retirees, getting back into the classroom with eager and appreciative students is exciting and stimulating beyond their expectations. Some have said they didn’t realize just how much they missed planning and teaching daily lessons until they had a class of their own again – on another continent or in a different time zone!

Global Volunteers offers teaching abroad opportunities to tutor students in basic classroom subjects including math, computer skills, geography, music, science, sports, agriculture, arts and crafts, reading and literacy, as well as opportunities to teach conversational English. You can support these efforts in a range of destinations, including the Cook Islands, Greece, Mexico, Montana, Peru, Poland, Tanzania and Vietnam.

Hundreds of experienced and retired teachers choose to volunteer with Global Volunteers every year. As a Global Volunteer, you can volunteer from one to three weeks and the all-inclusive (and tax-deductible) program fees mean your airport pick-up and drop-off, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support are all taken care of. If you are looking to volunteer with a group of your teacher friends, contact us. Our group specialists are ready to help you get started.

To learn more about the available teaching abroad opportunities for experienced and retired teachers, browse the programs featured below.

Cook Islands Teaching Volunteer Program

  • Community projects: Conversational English in Classrooms, Early Childhood Education, Tutoring Numeracy, Computer Literacy, Literacy and Math Testing
  • Program duration: Volunteer for one to three weeks, programs start on select Sundays year-round
  • Program fees: From $2,695 for one week. Tax-deductible fees include food, accommodations, ground transportation, team leadership, project materials and program coordination.

Teaching Abroad Opportunities in the Cook Islands

Teacher volunteers in the Cook Islands have the opportunity to work with a range of ages, from toddlers to 4th graders to high school students. Working alongside and providing valued support to local teachers, you invest in the future through the youngest of citizens.

“My one-time curiosity has turned into 9 years of annual volunteer trips to Rarotonga. I return because I have a connection with the teachers at St Joseph’s Primary, to the shopkeepers, to the Global Volunteers who serve every year, but mostly I cherish my connection with the students, whom I taught in Grade 1 and now are vibrant Grade 6 students. It’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of their lives if only for three weeks a year.”

-Ellen (Global Volunteer in the Cook Islands)

Greece Teaching Volunteer Program

  • Community projects: Conversational English in Classrooms, English Language Camps
  • Program duration: Volunteer for one to two weeks, programs start on select Saturdays year-round
  • Program fees: From $2,795 for one week. Tax-deductible fees include food, accommodations, ground transportation, team leadership, project materials and program coordination.

Teaching Abroad Opportunities in Greece

Thanks to our teacher volunteers in Crete, Greek youth, teenagers and adults have been given the opportunity to improve their English and expand their educational opportunities. Summer “language camps” are a fun and challenging service opportunity to work with students on English pronunciation and usage. Or, teach adults at the Union of Women Association of Heraklion in the spring and fall.

“The students are energetic young people who are eager to learn, and the parents deeply appreciate the volunteers giving time for their children. If I had to sum up why I’ve returned to Crete three times it would be the warm culture, friendships, beauty of the island and authenticity of the whole experience.”

-Lynn (Global Volunteer in Greece)

Mexico Teaching Volunteer Program

  • Community projects: Conversational English in Classrooms, English Tutoring
  • Program duration: Volunteer for one to two weeks, programs start on select Saturdays year-round
  • Program fees: $2,495 for one week. Tax-deductible fees include food, accommodations, ground transportation, team leadership, project materials and program coordination.

Teaching Abroad Opportunities in Greece

Teachers serving in Mexico work at Universidad Tecnológica de Querétaro (UTEQ) – helping students with English conversation as well as tutoring. As a Mexico Global Volunteer, you also have the opportunity to enjoy cultural activities alongside students and community partners. Your chance to help wonderful students and explore a different culture is right across the border!

“These “vacations” have been the most rewarding of my life. I had been looking for a way to visit a foreign country and get beneath the surface, to meet people and be introduced to a new culture through their eyes… Classroom interaction is fun, and during our free time on weekends, we get to see the sights just like “regular” tourists, often in the company of our local Mexican friends. What could be better!”

-Tom (Global Volunteer in Mexico)

Montana Teaching Volunteer Program

  • Community projects: Computer Literacy, Children’s Summer Programs
  • Program duration: Volunteer for one week, programs start on Saturdays May through September
  • Program fees: $1,045 for one week. Tax-deductible fees include food, accommodations, ground transportation, team leadership, project materials and program coordination.

Teaching Abroad Opportunities in Montana

Our Montana program is on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation alongside Glacier National Park. If you have expertise in computer systems and/or programs, you can help students learn the basics and improve their computer literacy so they can successfully compete in college and job-seeking. Or, help supervise field trips, play and direct games, read story books, or teach a lesson on a topic of your choice at a tribally run summer day-camp for children five to 18.

“The volunteers bring their skills, insights, and helping hands to the reservation. But, most important, they bring friendship, curiosity, and compassion. We work together to close the gap of understanding between the Indian and White cultures, and it’s very good.”

-Bob Tail Feathers (Blackfeet American Indian)

Peru Teaching Volunteer Program

  • Community projects: Conversational English in Classrooms, Early Childhood Education, Tutoring Numeracy
  • Program duration: Volunteer for one to two weeks, programs start on select Saturdays year-round
  • Program fees: From $2,595 for one week. Tax-deductible fees include food, accommodations, ground transportation, team leadership, project materials and program coordination.

Teaching Abroad Opportunities in Lima, Peru

Teacher volunteers in Lima play an important role in assisting local daycare workers, teachers and university professors. Stimulate children 1 to 5 years old through arts and crafts and reading storybooks; work one-on-one and in small groups on numeracy and math comprehension with students of all ages; or, at the university level, help students anchor their independence through conversational English practice and lesson reviews.

“If English is the language of opportunity, it’s our rare privilege to play a small supportive role in our students’ quest for graduate studies, professional employment, and success. We’re inspired by their motivation; our hearts are warmed by the graciousness of the students, staff, and faculty of La Molina.”

-Efy (Global Volunteer in Peru)

Poland Teaching Volunteer Program

  • Community projects: Conversational English in Classrooms, English Language Camps
  • Program duration: Volunteer for one to two weeks, programs start on select Saturdays year-round
  • Program fees: From $2,495 for one week. Tax-deductible fees include food, accommodations, ground transportation, team leadership, project materials and program coordination.

Teaching Abroad Opportunities Poland

Teachers who enjoy working with children and teenagers are especially needed in Poland. Whether in a classroom setting or at a summer camp, the Polish youth are eager to learn from you. If you love beautiful landscapes as well as cross-cultural learning, look no further. Poland is the place for you.

It’s the great experiences I have with the Polish children and the Polish language camps staff that draw me back again and again. Working with and learning about the Polish people is a great delight in my life. Language camps are too much fun to miss!”

-Lori (Global Volunteer in Poland)

Tanzania Teaching Volunteer Program

  • Community projects: Conversational English, Early Childhood Education, Tutoring Numeracy, Computer Literacy, Literacy and Math Testing, Classroom Teaching (Topics include: Math, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geography)
  • Program duration: Volunteer for one to three weeks, programs start on select Saturdays year-round
  • Program fees: From $1,995 for one week. Tax-deductible fees include food, accommodations, ground transportation, team leadership, project materials and program coordination.

Teaching Abroad Opportunities in Poland

Teacher volunteers in Tanzania provide support to local teachers in the rural community of Ipalamwa. Tutor children at the primary school. Teach secondary students math, biology, chemistry, physics and physical geography. This may be the most fun you ever have. Tanzanian village schools are not equipped with all the tools and equipment that can make education interesting in more developed countries. So volunteers utilize their professional experiences and creative imagination to bring these subjects to life.

“I was surprised by how appreciative and eager the students are to learn. Their respect for the teachers is something I’ve never before witnessed. I learned so much from them about their lives and the village. I have a great deal of respect for Tanzanians.”

-Jake (Global Volunteer in Tanzania)

Vietnam Teaching Volunteer Program

  • Community projects: Conversational English in Classrooms at a Primary School or a University, Conversational English to Visually Impaired Adults, Tutoring High- and Mid-Ranking Officials at a Research Institute
  • Program duration: Volunteer for one to two weeks, programs start on select Saturdays year-round
  • Program fees: From $2,495 for one week. Tax-deductible fees include food, accommodations, ground transportation, team leadership, project materials and program coordination.

Teaching Abroad Opportunities in Vietnam

In Vietnam, teacher volunteers work with a wide range of students – from college students to high ranking officials to visually impaired adults. Your service provides more opportunities for the students, and they greatly appreciate that. Once you see how much attention they pay during your classes, you’ll understand what we mean!

Teaching English in Vietnam was as wonderful as I had anticipated. Practicing pronunciation with blind students at Blind Link with each student assuming the role of a Massage Therapist speaking with a client was sheer joy. To provide help, enjoy the students and the assistants, and the process itself, is very rewarding.”

-Fran (Global Volunteer in Vietnam)

Additional Teaching Abroad Opportunities

In addition to the teaching abroad opportunities listed in the locations above, Global Volunteers also offers the opportunity to teach students of all ages in China, Costa Rica, Cuba, India, Italy, Portugal, Romania and St. Lucia. Gain a new perspective of these colorful countries by sharing your skills and knowledge!

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