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Secondary English Teaching


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Volunteers teach English as a foreign language (TEFL), conversational English, or content-based English in middle and high schools.

Depending on your specific assignment, you might:

  • Share resources and develop teaching materials with local teachers through co-teaching and co-planning
  • Become involved in community and school-based projects
  • Increase local students’ English language competency and conversational skills
  • Work in after-school programs, youth clubs, and library development

How do I qualify?


Applicants may qualify with a bachelor's degree in any discipline and supplemental experience (described in the next column). Competitive applicants will have a bachelor's degree in English, TEFL, or linguistics; OR state certification and supplemental experience.


Applicants must have at least three months or 30 hours of English, TEFL, foreign language, or literacy tutoring experience with middle school, high school, or adult students in classrooms or small group settings. Applicants can be recent college graduates or those with years of classroom experience. Other relevant experience includes community organizing and work with community groups; drama activities; health or HIV/AIDS education; civics education; youth development work, such as youth group counseling; and computer literacy.

How will this 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 Jan 30 2014