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Worldteach, Inc.

We Teach The World - The World Teaches Us

aka WorldTeach

Cambridge, MA


WorldTeach partners with governments and other organizations in developing countries to provide volunteer teachers to meet local needs and promote responsible global citizenship.

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Executive Director

Ms. Mitra Shavarini

Main Address

2 Garden Street

Cambridge, MA 02138 USA


international, teaching, development, education, volunteer, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Pacific Islands, Eastern Europe





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Cultural Exchange (Q21)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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WorldTeach has as a primary goal to support Ministries of Education and other educational organizations in bringing teachers to classrooms teaching subjects that they don't have the resources to provide. In addition, WorldTeach aims to provide a meaningful experience for volunteers who live and work abroad for an extended time, supporting them as they learn more about other cultures and other ways of doing things, thus promoting responsible global citizenship.

WorldTeach's strategies for achieving these goals center around responding to the expressed needs of our partners internationally, providing high quality teaching for their classrooms, concentrating on the student learning outcomes. We provide a 3 - 4 week orientation prior to the opening of school to prepare the volunteers to be successful in their upcoming experiences both in and out of the classroom. We have teaching coordinators in the United States (from the Harvard Graduate School of Education) to provide support and to reinforce teaching skills of volunteer teachers in each country program.

We have quite robust capabilities to do what we have undertaken. With the in-country support of experienced and trained field staff, on call 24/7, the volunteers are strongly and capably supported from the time they enter the country until they leave. The field staff are there for the training (Orientation, Mid-Service, End of Service), as well as for site visits, and importantly, for any safety, health, adjustment, teaching or other problem. Our team supporting the teaching is outstanding. They have developed support materials for the curriculum in each grade level in each country where WorldTeach teachers teach English. In addition, we offer TEFL certification for those who are interested. We have been lauded by our accreditor as providing "unparalleled support."

We have been chosen at the partner to help many governments implement their goals of bringing English into the classroom. We were the first and only partner in Costa Rica with the Ministry of Public Education (brought to Costa Rica by President Oscar Arias in 1987.) We were the pioneering partner with Chile's "English Opens Doors," helped Georgia's "Teach and Learn with Georgia" with training materials, and pioneered the English program in Colombia, where President Santos held a press conference to report his satisfaction with the WorldTeach program. We are the only partners in the Marshall Islands, in Micronesia, and in American Samoa. We were the first and only partners with Hunan Provincial Government's English program. We helped develop the IT program for the government of Namibia and implement it in our summer program there. We were invited by the Minister of Education of Tanzania to start a program there.

WorldTeach is making strong progress in achieving its goals, which remain firmly fixed in valuing the safety of the volunteers first, as well as providing them with support and opportunities to build new skills via invited speakers and developing professional development materials. We aim to provide the highest quality experience for our volunteers that we can provide, so that both they have a meaningful experience contributing to international education and the students they teach show significant progress in learning English.

Our volunteers are surveyed three times during their year of service: after Orientation, at Mid-Service, and at the End of Service Conferences. WorldTeach consistently gets high ratings from the volunteers in all areas of service.

We ensure that the quality of the program is as high as possible, to best meet the changing needs of our partner institutions .

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