If you have an interest in spending time in a foreign country helping those most in need and developing the skills of local communities, a great way of achieving this goal would be to teach a language overseas. There is a constant demand for teachers to fill vacancies in countries on every continent. If this sounds of interest to you, your first step should be to find a number of different volunteer language schools and send off your application.
As there are literally tens of thousands of language schools in the world searching for volunteer teachers, you may quickly become overawed by the number of options available to you. For this reason when looking online for positions, you should carry out a streamlined search.
It is likely that you have a preference for a particular location where you would like to teach a language. This could be Central America, North Africa, India, or Eastern Europe, there is virtually no limit to the number of countries were openings for voluntary language teachers are available. It would make sense to opt for a destination that you are in some way familiar with or have always held a curiosity about. If you randomly pick a country of which you know nothing about, you may find that the culture is not to your liking and you could then end up unhappy and homesick.
It is not just English language teachers that there is a demand for overseas, also you can find voluntary programs that involve tutoring students in Spanish, German, Mandarin, and Arabic. As we now live in a global community, the spread of language has taken on new dimensions.
Before you put your name to any contract make sure you have actually spoken to a volunteer coordinator in person. Do not do all your correspondence by email as this is not such a desirable approach. Only by speaking to a coordinator over the phone or face to face would you be able to get a sense for the level of assistance that would be available to you.
When you volunteer language schools overseas you will have a great way to spend time in a location of which you may not otherwise have an opportunity to visit. Through a voluntary placement you can get a true feel for the society of the country and develop a deeper understanding than if you were simply to pass through as a tourist. It offers the opportunity to build long lasting friendships and make a real difference to people’s lives.