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WorldTeach is a non-governmental organization that provides opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries. Founded in 1986 by a group of Harvard University students, WorldTeach places volunteers in communities throughout the world in year long and summer programs. The organization is based at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. Approximately 400 volunteers are placed yearly, with more than 4000 placed to date. All volunteers must be enrolled in or have completed four year college programs, with most volunteers being recent graduates.
Most volunteers teach English, and some teach information technology, mathematics, science, accounting, and HIV/AIDS education. Typically WorldTeach partners with Ministries of Education, who identify the needs that WorldTeach volunteers can help them address.
Volunteer placements vary widely in the size of the city (300 people to 3 million), age of the students (elementary to adult), and living situation (homestay or apartment). Like the Peace Corps, volunteers may go to a wide range of countries, but unlike the Peace Corps, WorldTeach volunteers apply to and are accepted to particular country placements.
WorldTeach currently has year-long programs in American Samoa, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guyana, Kosrae, the Marshall Islands, Namibia, Pohnpei, Tanzania and Thailand. Costs are shared between the hosting educational organization and WorldTeach volunteers. Some volunteer program fees are totally covered by WorldTeach partners, others range from $1,500 - $6,000. Included are round trip airfare from a U.S. gateway city, room, board, health insurance, 24-hour field staff support, three-four weeks of in-country orientation (including language and teacher training) and a monthly stipend. The stipend is roughly equal to a local teacher's salary. These programs require a four-year college degree.
Summer programs are in Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Namibia, Poland and South Africa. Volunteers need not have a college degree, although most are working on one. These programs are not funded by WorldTeach and students usually pay for them through scholarships or out-of-pocket.