Here is a volunteer opportunity to do something adventurous that will change your life forever and make a positive impact on many people. Volunteer abroad programs can take place in a classroom abroad a playground, or building projects. All of these community projects capture what international exchange is all about. It’s people from very different cultures coming together, learning from one another, and making positive connections. Helping young students learn English opens doors to new opportunities for them. And helping adult learners enables them to communicate with English-speaking relatives and become more competitive in the global economy.
Teaching abroad is a goal for many people, whether they have a degree in education or not. Volunteering as a teacher or teaching assistant for a short amount of time is an excellent way to do something meaningful without committing to the investment of a TEFL certificate or working abroad full time for a semester or year.
There are thousands of volunteer abroad programs out there. We recognize that you may find another program you like better, or you may want to volunteer in a country not listed here. Still, we'd like to help you along your journey. This e-booklet, Ready, Set, Go! contains 8 essential "to-dos" before you travel abroad. We hope it helps in your decision-making process while you're doing research on this important next step in your life.