Volunteering/Teaching English, need advice! :)

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1. Posted by tealbirch (Inactive 3 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey there, I am a 23 year old wanting to travel for a year from Sep 2008. I am planning on booking a TEFL course next month in the hope of getting a teaching job abroad but need help on this matter as i do not hold a university degree. I have a diploma from a private college but wonder if there is anywhere that will hire you without a degree. I would love to live abroad longterm 6months- 1 Year, then maybe travel for a few months.can anybody help?? please :) or does anyone know of any longterm volunteer projects that do not cost much, or you get accomodation food etc in return for work? thanks! Natasha

2. Posted by kathidi (Budding Member 51 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi there! You'll have a great experience as an English teacher, whether volunteer or paid.

If you skip to the next page on this forum, you'll see a message I posted on the topic. I was a volunteer in Borneo last summer. I was provided with fabulous free lodging and meals for the duration of my service. This is quite rare; most volunteer organizations charge hefty fees! I know there are many opportunities for paid teaching positions in Asia. I met people who did this with TEFL Certificates from online programs, but I don't know if they had university degrees in addition.

I have sent you a separate message with details.

3. Posted by stevemc (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

There are some longterm volunteer teaching programs that charge no fees and provide free basic accommodation.
Here are some examples:

www.cofradiaschool.com (Honduras)
www.becaschools.org (Honduras)
www.casa-guatemala.org (Guatemala)
www.casadocaminhobrasil.org (Brazil)
http://ayni.footboot.net (Peru)
www.projectoninos.org (Costa Rica)
www.voluntariosesperanza.org (Chile)
- note that some of these programs require decent language (Spanish or Portuguese) skills:

There are many more free & low-cost volunteer options in South & Central America listed here: