WorldTeach is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. WorldTeach provides opportunities for individuals interested in international education by placing them as volunteer teachers in Costa Rica, Ecuador, China, Honduras, and Namibia.

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Teaching programs typically run 6 months or a year, but shorter term summer placements are now available.


All year-long programs require a Bachelor's degree. Bachelor's degrees are preferred for semester programs, though applicants without a college degree will be considered on an individual basis.

Summer programs are open to all people 18 years of age and older. No prior teaching or foreign language experience is required. WorldTeach provides extensive teaching and language training in-country.

Long term volunteers are required to complete 25 hours of ESL teaching experience (paid or volunteer) prior to their departure.

No foreign language skills are required to apply, although WorldTeach strongly encourages volunteers to begin studying the local language on their own before their departure. Once in-country, volunteers have daily classes throughout orientation in the local language.

Financial Arrangements

Volunteers themselves cover most of the expenses associated with their placement, travel, training and support. WorldTeach has traditionally encouraged volunteers to fundraise these costs.

The host school, community, or government will provide a living allowance, paid in the local currency, which will cover your day-to-day living expenses (food, local transportation, etc.). The allowance is often equivalent to what a local teacher with the same qualifications would receive.

Contact Information

Web Site:


c/o Center for International Development
Harvard University
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone: 800-483-2240 or 617-495-5527

Fax: 617-495-1599

Registration / Application

Application forms are available for download on the WorldTeach web site.


History: WorldTeach was founded by a group of Harvard students in 1986.

Advisors sent on field projects: 200 in 2001.

Budget: $622,716 (fiscal 2000)

Regional Activitiy: WorldTeach currently has projects in 5 countries in 4 Regions (Africa: 1, Asia: 1, Central America: 2, South America: 1)

Mission Statement

WorldTeach is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based at the Center for International Development at Harvard University which provides opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries.

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