Teach lessons that last a lifetime.
Education is the Peace Corps’ largest program area. Volunteers play an important role in creating links among schools, parents, and communities by working in elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools as math, science, conversational English, and resource teachers or as early grade reading and literacy teacher trainers. Volunteers also develop libraries and technology resource centers.
Education Volunteer Openings
View all of the Volunteer openings by country and qualifications.
A benefit of Volunteering as a teacher is that some states waive student teaching requirements or provide preliminary teaching credentials for returned Peace Corps Volunteers.
The Peace Corps TEFL Certificate is offered to Volunteers at select country posts
Volunteers entering the TEFL project at the following posts: Albania, Armenia, Benin, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Kyrgyz Republic, Madagascar, Moldova, Nicaragua, Rwanda and Thailand will be able to earn the Peace Corps TEFL Certificate based on satisfactory completion of the Certificate program. The Certificate program consists of over 120 hours of training and 24 months of supervised teaching experience. The Center for Applied Linguistics, a recognized institution for educational research and assessment serves as external validator for the program. Additional posts will join the Certificate program in the coming years.
Learn more about the TEFL Certificate.
How can being an education Volunteer advance my career?
Through serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer, you can gain fluency in a foreign language, international experience, and cross-cultural understanding, attributes that are highly sought-after assets in today's global economy. Experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer working in education is valued by numerous organizations, including the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Education, the Corporation for National and Community Service, public and private school districts across the U.S., and many private companies and nongovernmental organizations seeking individuals with unique skills. Find out how returned Peace Corps Volunteers receive advantages in federal employment.
Also See: Volunteer Benefits
Last updated May 06 2015
Learn more about what education Volunteers are doing in the field.