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Gap Year Exciting and Rewarding Teaching Projects Worldwide

Vacancy Type: Gap Year
Employer: Travellers Worldwide
Reference: TW/9/ERTPW
Salary: Unpaid – Fees Apply  

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We have rewarding and hands-on placements all over the world where you can teach a variety of subjects to children and adults, usually in the poorer section of society. You can teach a wide range of topics from conservational English to Maths, IT and Arts & Drama.

We work with schools, orphanages, social care centres, adult learning centres and more, and always with the objective of helping the local community. The children benefit enormously from your efforts, both academically and because they become more confident. Teaching the children is hugely satisfying, a high feel-good factor!  Volunteers are desperately needed on many of our projects because the schools generally have a lack of teachers, high illiteracy rates and poor funding. 

Teaching projects are available in:

  • Argentina
  • Australia (refugee children)
  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Ecuador
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Malaysia
  • Mozambique
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Zambia

Anyone can do a Travellers project, from 17 to 70+, and from any country. You don't need any qualifications and we provide you with a Teaching Guide which we have had written especially to help you plan lessons and give you ideas of topics.

You will teach in classes and sometimes informally outside the classroom. Teaching usually takes place in State schools but we do have some private schools as well. We also work in orphanages and crèches, or in teaching centres. Class sizes can vary, depending on school and country. Your teaching hours can range from 5 to 20 hours per week, usually over 5 days. On some projects you will be expected to prepare lesson outlines and lead the lesson, but you will get support from the local teachers.

How your teaching benefits the children: Your teaching will help the children in so many ways, and they want to learn because they know that the end result will be greater opportunities in life for them, whether career-wise or, for the luckier ones, possibly getting into a better university.

Travellers also makes donations to most of our poorer schools (and also some that we don't work directly with). Sometimes we sponsor the children's education by paying their school fees, or we provide money directly to the school. We also buy necessities, such as food, books, uniforms, computers and other teaching aids for the kids. And this is only possible because our volunteers have chosen to do a voluntary project with us!

What do you gain from doing this project?

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them
  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
  • Experience in how to interact with children and yet retain authority.
  • An entry on your CV/resume that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.
  • A massive confidence boost and the enormous satisfaction of making a huge difference to the children and their abilities.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

Our volunteers say....."I'm a teacher by profession and every year I go on a Travellers project to teach children in disadvantaged countries. Why? Because they want to learn! Do you know how good it is to teach children who want to learn? It refreshes my spirit and reminds me why I joined the teaching profession in the first place."

Nervous about standing in front of a class and teaching for the first time? If you have no experience and you're nervous at the idea of teaching, don't worry, you're not alone. You can enroll in an optional 1-day intensive open teacher training course which will provide you with advice and mechanisms to give you more confidence. We also provide you with a Teaching Suggestions Guide which we've put together for our volunteers. It is packed with guidelines to help you plan lessons and has many examples and ideas for topics and games to use in class to help the children gain confidence in using English.

"So far so good. I've just had the most incredible day. The warmth I was given by the children and staff was quite something. Don't think the kids had seen anything like me before. They either pointed and smiled or just came up and hugged me. A number of them asked me if I was a pop star!" Adrian Tate, teaching in South Africa

TEFL WEEKEND COURSES: If you're thinking of doing a teaching project, you may like to consider whether you'd benefit from doing a TEFL course.

Travellers runs a professional certificate in TEFL through our sister division, TEFL Time. If you would like to complete our UK-based 20 hour or 100 hour TEFL qualification to help you with your teaching placement, please contact us, or go to for further details and an application form.

Travellers recommends! It's certificated and would stand you in good stead in the future as well as being a useful addition to your CV.


To apply for a teaching project you need to submit the following:

  • Application form 
  • CV
  • Covering Letter
  • £190 deposit payment (which will be deducted from the total cost of your placement) – made payable online, via cheque, bank transfer or over the phone.

DURATION: Available all year round. Our placements are very flexible, you can choose your own start and finish dates.      

START DATES: Flexible start and finish dates you choose. Our placements are flexible and can be tailored to match your preferences. For availability please contact the office.


COSTS: Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £745 for two weeks. You can participate for up to one year, subject to visa requirements.

Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, homestay, apartment or flat.)

You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.

Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.


Qualifications depend on which placement you choose. Some don't require any qualifications or experience and some others would prefer some experience. Please speak to us so that we can help you choose the placement that is right for you and will give you the most beneficial experience. All placements do require you to have initiative, adaptability and patience (and a good sense of humour helps!)

Location: Rest of the World

Recruiter Details

Travellers Worldwide
01903 502595

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