5 Best Countries for Volunteer Teaching and Travel Abroad

5 Best Countries for Volunteer Teaching and Travel Abroad
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    Why volunteer to teach English abroad?

    You'll get a chance to experience new cultures while making a difference in the lives of many other individuals.


You’ll also get to explore places you wouldn’t see anywhere before. There are several great teaching opportunities available around the globe if you’re interested in volunteering.

The following are five of the best countries for volunteer teaching abroad.

1. Peru

Home to the majestic Andes Mountains and the Amazon Rainforest, Peru is one of the most beautiful tropical areas in the world.

It is also an area that provides some incredible volunteer teaching opportunities. Both larger cities as well as smaller villages can provide a variety of teaching assignments.

Tourism is an important industry in Peru. This means there is a need for many of the people to speak English as well as possible.

In Peru, teachers may assist or even lead their own classrooms. Since many of the current teachers struggle to speak English, there are also programs available to help the teachers in Peru learn to speak English more fluently.

2. Guatemala

Guatemala is steeped in a vibrant culture that is surrounded by a beautiful environment and friendly people. Volunteer teaching assignments include providing lessons to children so they can improve their English skills.

There is also a need to expose non-English speakers to fluent English. There are students of all ages in Guatemala that are interested in learning to speak English, improve their English, and learn about different cultures.

There are a variety of towns and cities that need volunteer teachers in Guatemala. Programs offered vary from a few weeks to a year or more. There are areas where higher crime can be a problem so it’s important to carefully research what part of the country you want to stay in.

3. Chile

Located along the western edge of South America, Chile is known as a prosperous and stable country. Chile is also multi-ethnic, with many different types of people from all over the world living in the country. Expenses can be high in certain areas of the country.

One of the great reasons to volunteer to teach in Chile is that some of the programs are government sponsored and vetted. These types of programs can be very supportive in helping volunteer teachers get settled and started in their new positions.

Chile provides a public school system for their students that is set up in a similar way as the United States. There are pre-primary, primary, and secondary levels of education.

4. Thailand

Thailand is a gorgeous country with a rich culture. They celebrate many colorful and elaborate festivals each year. Not only can teaching in Thailand provide you with an incredible international experience, but you’ll be helping impoverished children find a better future.

Teaching students English can help them climb out of poverty by eventually finding a career in commerce or tourism. Many of them may even go on to college.

While many people think of Bangkok as the premiere city in Thailand, Chiang Mai is an amazing city in the northern part of the country. Chiang Mai is a good location in Thailand to spend your gap year volunteering and teaching because it offers amazing food, great weather, and a low cost of living. The city is large enough to offer many modern conveniences yet small enough that it’s easy to get around.

5. Japan

Japan provides a rich cultural experience for those looking to volunteer in this area of the world. Japan is also one of the safest and technologically advanced cities in the world. While it is extremely modern, the country also boasts a rich culture and incredible food.

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You could choose an eclectic and vibrant city like Tokyo to volunteer or to teach in or one of the smaller, rural areas. Japan has a high standard of living. One drawback, however, is that it can be costly to live in Japan. This is particularly true when staying in the urban areas.

There are many great reasons why you should experience volunteer teaching abroad. Whether it’s for a gap year after your education, to broaden your cultural horizons, or to help those less fortunate, volunteer teaching can be an incredible experience.

Make sure to do your research and choose the best country for you to make the most of your teaching abilities abroad!

Author Bio:
Gigi is a writer who loves writing about language and acquisition, career building and education-related stories in general.

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