Teach for America
A Solvable Problem - We can provide an excellent education for kids in low-income communities. Although 16 million American children face the extra challenges of poverty, an increasing body of evidence shows they can achieve at the highest levels.
Enlisting Committed Individuals - We recruit a diverse group of leaders with a record of achievement who work to expand educational opportunity, starting by teaching for two years in a low-income community.
Investing in Leaders - We provide intensive training, support and career development that helps these leaders increase their impact and deepen their understanding of what it takes to close the achievement gap.
Fueling Long-Term Impact - A growing movement of leaders, now 33,000 strong, works at every level of education, policy and other professions, to ensure that all children can receive an excellent education.
As a WorldTeach volunteer, you will witness firsthand the challenges and rewards of education in a developing country. You will share the skills and knowledge gained through your education and life experience with your students, and you will make a lasting difference in their lives, opening their eyes to a world beyond their classrooms. You will gain cultural understanding and the ability to work independently in a new and often challenging environment. You will develop key skills including teaching, language, cross-cultural communication, and leadership that will be useful in any career path.
Through our training and professional development programs, WorldTeach offers TEFL certification to volunteers participating in most of our programs for an additional charge of $500 (starting July 1, 2012). Please check individual program profiles to see if the program you are interested in applying to offers TEFL certification. Whether or not you pursue TEFL certification, the teaching commitment in each of our programs is a serious one, and you should expect to work hard and learn a lot in return!
Peace Corps service is a life-defining leadership experience. Since 1961, the Peace Corps has shared with the world America's most precious resource – its people. Volunteers serve in 75 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico, South America, Europe, the Pacific Islands and the Middle East. Peace Corps Volunteers live, learn, and work with a community overseas for 27 months, providing technical assistance in six program areas: education, youth and community development, health, business and information and communications technology, agriculture, and environment.
Peace Corps provides Volunteers with language, cross-cultural, and technical training.
We recommend you submit your application as early as possible so we can match your skills to openings as they become available. Plan ahead and apply nine months to a year in advance of your target departure date. An expressed interest in a program area, volunteer experience, a college degree, and a commitment to public service are helpful in securing a Volunteer assignment. To be eligible for service, you must be at least 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen.
AmeriCorps is a national network of programs that engages more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in communities throughout the nation. AmeriCorps offers several ways to get involved, from part-time local service programs to full-time residential programs. Members receive guidance and training so they can make a contribution that suits their talents, interests, and availability.
Jesuit Volunteer Corps
The Jesuit Volunteer Corps offers women and men an opportunity to work full-time for justice and peace. Jesuit Volunteers are called to the mission of serving the poor directly, working for structural change in the United States, and accompanying people in developing countries.
Good Shepherd Volunteers
Good Shepherd Volunteers collaborates with the Sisters of the Good Shepherd to provide full-time volunteers with the opportunity to work in social service ministries and to use their God-given talents serving women, adolescents, and children affected by poverty, violence, and neglect. Developing relationships with the marginalized of our world empowers volunteers to grow in knowledge and faith that inspire them to lead a life of seeking justice. Good Shepherd Volunteers was founded in 1992 by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, who desired to incorporate more people into their ministries around the country. GSV was founded with two volunteers in New York, and grew into a program that now places volunteers across the US and around the world. There are over 200 volunteer alumni in our growing network who continue to carry forward the Good Shepherd.
Match Corps: Boston is a one-year Urban Education fellowship program. There is also Match Corps: Merrimack Valley. Elite recent college graduates from excellent universities across the country commit one year to public service in Boston. They are assigned 6-7 Match students at the beginning of the year, with whom they work in small group or 1-on-1 tutorials over the course each day, doing close academic support and building relationships. They receive housing and a modest living stipend. The goal is clear: college success for each student. Most would become the first in their families to achieve that. Therefore, the demands are intense: many Corps members work 60 hour weeks, usually with two students at a time.