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Volunteers provide formal and informal training, instruction, and support to students and faculty.

Depending on your specific assignment, you might:

  • Help students make use of academic and technical resources published in English in their study of languages, literature, business, or other fields
  • Teach English grammar, conversation, phonetics, American literature and culture, creative writing, and linguistics
  • Establish English language clubs and resource centers
  • Share ideas and develop materials with fellow teachers
  • Integrate communicative teaching techniques into the classroom

How do I qualify?


Applicants must have a master's degree in English or any foreign language;
OR a master's degree in TEFL or linguistics. Some applicants with supplemental experience may qualify with a master's degree in English, history, language arts, humanities, or other social science with supplemental experience.


Most applicants have full- or part-time experience as graduate teaching assistants, substitute teachers, tutors, or student teachers. Other relevant experience includes working with community organizations or on projects involving adult literacy programs, environmental or health education, or drama activities; and editing or writing for college literary magazines or newspapers.

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