Volunteer Teaching

Oyster offers many opportunities to teach abroad. We have been developing our links with these schools since 2000. We ensure that our teaching overseas projects are worthwhile for the school, the local community and you, the volunteer. All our schools have a demand for English teachers. It is the perfect opportunity to teach and travel.

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South Africa - Volunteer with kids in South Africa

Volunteer with kids in South Africa

Bring games, laughter and fun to disadvantaged children in schools or nurseries in some of Port Elizabeth’s poorest townships. Take enthusiasm and ideas to the classroom to get kids passionate about their education and their future – these kids are desperate to learn, and your time as a volunteer will help not only with their studies, but their life chances too.

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Romania - Volunteer with Children in Romania

Volunteer with Children in Romania

Volunteer with vulnerable children in care, bringing love, laughter and hope to these young lives. Our volunteers have described this project as inspiring and meaningful, as the work that is being done will genuinely help to change these children’s lives. Play with the kids, help them improve their English, bring them laughter and most importantly of all, be a friend to them.

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Laos - Volunteer teaching with monks in Laos

Volunteer teaching with monks in Laos

Volunteer in Laos, teaching young Buddhist monks in beautiful Luang Prabang, a UNESCO Heritage town. Live and experience day-to-day life in an exciting, culturally rich town, next to the Mekong River. Work with young, novice monks and help them to improve their English, helping them to improve the employability in the future. By giving back to the community, gain a privileged insight into the Buddhist religion.

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Chile - Teach English and learn Spanish in Patagonia

Teach English and learn Spanish in Patagonia

This is one of our best and longest running programmes. Set up in 2002, the programme was created to allow full Spanish immersion whilst volunteers assist with English in schools that want to improve the standard of English. This programme is particularly popular with people looking for an adventure in Patagonia – a remote and stunning destination.

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Nepal - Teach English in Kathmandu

Teach English in Kathmandu

This teaching programme is one of our originals. Nepal has welcomed Oyster volunteers since 2001 and our programme gives volunteers the opportunity to step off the tourist route and fully immerse themselves into Nepali culture. You’ll live with a local family and teach English, sport or art in a local school.

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Brazil - Volunteer at an inspiring youth centre

Volunteer at an inspiring youth centre

Join Oyster’s well respected youth centre project in Brazil, Latin America’s largest and most extrovert nation and learn Portuguese. An immensely enjoyable volunteer position participating and helping in youth centre activities ranging from cooking, dance and conversational English. Oyster seek volunteers who are motivated, selfless and willing to get involved for this challenging but fulfilling project.

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Laos - Women’s empowerment volunteering in Laos

Women’s empowerment volunteering in Laos

Live in a stunning city, nestled in a valley between the Mekong River and majestic mountains and become part of a inviting and intriguing community.  This is a fulfilling programme for volunteers looking to join a movement that aims to increase disadvantaged women’s access to education, helping to boost their future employability.

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Why volunteer as a teacher?

Working as a volunteer teacher is an extremely fulfilling way to spend your gap year abroad or career break. Children are full of energy and see the world from unique perspective – making each day different and exciting. If you are considering becoming a teacher, volunteering abroad is a fantastic way for you to gain valuable work experience. There is no better way to learn about a country than to live and work as a local community teacher. You will develop your teaching skills and in some countries, develop your own foreign language ability.

At Oyster, we believe that it is important that the schools that we work with benefit from having native English and fluent English speaking volunteers. As a volunteer teacher, you will be provided with a full briefing, maximising the impact you can make teaching abroad. No previous teaching experience is required. Volunteer English teachers are required across the globe. Teach English in Asia, South America and Africa.

For those looking for paid teaching or an internationally recognised and accredited TEFL course, speak to the team or look at our TEFL jobs page.

For more information about how we select our childcare programmes and support our volunteers, read our child protection and safeguarding policies.