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Teaching Opportunities and Professional Development

Alternative Teaching Opportunities

Peace Corps

http://www.peacecorps.gov/  (note: On average the process from application to invitation takes from six to twelve months).

What: The Peace Corps works in countries from Asia to Central America, and from Europe to Africa. In each of these countries, Volunteers work with governments, schools, and entrepreneurs to address changing and complex needs in education, health and HIV/AIDS, business, information technology, agriculture, and the environment. Education Volunteers introduce innovative teaching methodologies, encourage critical thinking in the classroom, and integrate issues like health education and environmental awareness into English, math, science, and other subjects.


Pay and living expenses: During service, Peace Corps Volunteers receive pay to cover living and housing expenses, earn money for their transition after service, get vacation time, and have options for possible deferment or partial cancellation of student loans. Peace Corps covers the travel costs to and from the country of service. Unlike other international volunteer programs, there is not a fee to participate in the Peace Corps.

Transition Funds: Returning from overseas requires some adjustment. To assist with the transition back home, Volunteers are paid $7,425 (before taxes) at the close of 27 months of service. This money is yours to use as you wish: for travel, a vacation, making a move, or securing housing.

Cancellation of Student Loans: Only Volunteers with Perkins loans are eligible for a partial cancellation benefit. Fifteen percent of your Perkins loans can be cancelled upon the completion of each 365 days of service during your first two years of service, and 20 percent can be cancelled upon completion of each of the third and fourth years. Therefore, four full years of service would equal a 70 percent cancellation of your existing loan.



What: Americorps offers a wide variety of year-long programs throughout the United States that involve service with non-profit organizations including many opportunities that involve teaching.

Stipend: Most positions come with a small living stipend and and education award that can be used to pay for educational expenses such as paying off qualified student loans.

Student Conservation Association


What: The SCA has a number of opportunities for college student and recent graduates through their internship program. Internships run 12 to 52 weeks. Interns can work in education, interpretation, youth, or living history programs at parks, museums, and other kinds of sites around the country.

Stipend: Internships include travel to and from the site, housing, and a living stipend, and in some cases insurance. Interns may also be eligible to receive Americorps educational awards

CIEE Teach Abroad Program


What: CIEE offers programs in Chile, China, Dominican Republic, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, and Vietnam for recent university graduates. Programs vary in length from a few months to multiple semesters. Most are focused on teaching English.

Stipend: Amount and benefits vary by program, but most include housing and compensation, and in some cases, additional benefits like insurance or TEFL certification.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship


What: English Teaching Assistantships are available in many countries worldwide. The details of each program vary by country, but generally ETAs are placed in schools or universities outside of capital cities where they work with student on their English skills and knowledge of the United States. Some programs may also allow ETAs to complete independent research projects simultaneously. Programs generally run 9 to 12 months.

Stipend: Amounts awarded vary by country, but are designed to cover travel to and from the host country, living expenses for the duration of the assignment, and some health benefits.

Franco-American Teachers-in-Training Institute (FATITI)


What: (FATITI) is an international teacher exchange program designed to explore the evolution of education's best practices, social and education policy and the political institutions of schooling from a comparative lens. It is funded by the U.S. Department of State in collaboration with the Franco-American Commission for Educational Exchange (Fulbright Commission) and the French Ministry of Education.  French and American teachers-in-training participate in a seminar examining history, language, culture, education and politics, followed by a teaching practicum.

Stipend: Airfare to and housing in France are provided as well as a stipend for living expenses.  Travel to and accommodations in Akron are also provided.  Health insurance while in France is provided through the Department of State’s Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE).

Resource Sites

Oberlin’s Gap Year: Teaching Fellowships


An excellent list of foreign and domestic teaching opportunities.



A fantastic resource for finding volunteer opportunities, internships, and jobs in the US and abroad with non-profit organizations.

Center for International Education University of California - Irvine


Has extensive lists of websites and specific programs for teaching internationally.

Teach Abroad


A site that includes information on thousands of teaching opportunities overseas. Many programs focus on teaching English as a foreign language, though not all do. Not all organizations and programs listed are “verified” and further research is recommended before applying.


Professional Development: Summer Programs for Teachers

National Endowment for the Humanities:


What: NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops provide the opportunity for K-12 educators to engage in intensive study and discussion of important topics in American history and culture. These one-week programs will give participants direct experiences in the interpretation of significant historical and cultural sites and the use of archival and other primary evidence.

Stipend: $1,200 to cover expenses

Gilder Lehrman Institute


What: Intensive summer seminar with a renowned American historian. Choose from 39 seminars taking place at colleges and universities across the United States and in the UK.

Stipend: The Gilder Lehrman Institute provides books, room and board for the week, and a travel allowance up to $400 to reimburse actual expenses.

Massachusetts Historical Society


What: The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) is offering at least three fellowships to public and/or parochial schoolteachers and library media specialists during the summer of 2011. Applications are welcome from any K-12 teacher who has a serious interest in using the collections at the MHS to prepare primary-source-based curricula, supported by documents and visual aids, in the fields of American history, world history, or English/language arts.

Stipend: A stipend of $4,000 for four weeks of on-site research at the MHS.

Special Note: When applying for funding in settings such as the ones listed above, your main objective is to convince the institution (via your stunning application) why their educational offerings are a perfect fit with your intellectual and teaching needs.  Demonstrate, with clear examples, how your students will benefit exponentially from their program offerings or collection holdings. They want to see how funding you will give back to the wider community.