By working or volunteering abroad, you develop intercultural communication skills and enhance interpersonal skills.
Working, Teaching, & Volunteering
Just as studying abroad taught you independence, self confidence, and adaptability, working abroad will continue to increase those skills. Working in an international office, like working in an office in the United States, affords you the chance to learn more about your chosen field and to develop new work skills.
More than that, though, you will learn how to be a part of a multicultural workforce and will develop an international network of colleagues. And lastly, you will improve your language skills, learn about another culture, and possibly even learn more about yourself and your own culture.
On this page, we offer links to some programs that can help you find overseas work placements and links to some websites that offer advice to U.S. citizens working abroad. Please note that we do not endorse the programs listed below; rather, we offer them simply as a place where you can begin your research.
International Job Postings
BUNAC provides ethical, low-cost abroad program across Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
A nonprofit organization specializing in international exchange opportunities.
The Electronic Network for Latin American Careers and Employment
Internship opportunities in Chile, China, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
GoAbroad.com is committed to providing the most comprehensive international education and alternative travel resources.
Opportunities available include Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, India, Latin America, and New Zealand.
This site features overseas jobs and international employment opportunities for professionals, expatriates, and adventure seekers.
The ultimate guide to articles, programs, and resources for jobs overseas.
WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms)
Worldwide program linking volunteers with farmers. In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation, and the opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles.
YAGM (Young Adults in Global Mission)
YAGM invites ELCA young adults ages 21-29 into a transformative, year-long journey in international service. Locations include Argentina/Uruguay, Cambodia, Hungary, Madagascar, Mexico, Rwanda, Senegal, Southern Africa and the United Kingdom.
Teach English Abroad
Why Should You Teach After Graduation?
English-language teachers are in demand worldwide, and taking a position as an English-language teacher is one of the few ways in which recent U.S. college graduates can find paid employment overseas. But more importantly, teaching abroad offers an incredible opportunity for your own continued education and growth.
Teaching abroad offers you the chance to live and work in another culture. In doing so, you will improve your own foreign-language skills. Through your interactions with students and coworkers, you will gain a greater understanding of the culture in which you live and work, and you will also learn a great deal more about your own culture as you try to explain it to your students.
You will gain valuable work experience, whatever your future plans. You'll learn to be part of a multicultural workforce as you gain practical work skills and you'll create an international network of friends and colleague. You will become more adaptable, flexible, and confident.
There are many more reasons to work or teach abroad, but you will have to find them out on your own. Below, we offer some guidance on gaining experience, finding a teaching position and provide links to some organizations and government agencies that help place English-language teachers.
Gaining Teaching Experience
You don't need to be an education major to find work teaching English abroad. However, acquiring some experience as a teacher, a tutor, or a mentor, will both make you a more desirable candidate and also better prepare you for your role as a teacher. So here are some ideas:
Take Advantage of Campus Opportunities
There are ways you can gain teaching experience here on campus. Become a tutor in your discipline or look into student organizations that mentor or tutor students in local schools.
Volunteer in Your Community
There are also lots of opportunities for you off-campus. Certainly, you can join an organization that will connect you within Seguin and the surrounding communities or find a local organization on your own. Also think about volunteering in your home community over the summer and during breaks.
While being a native English speaker is a desirable trait, it alone is not sufficient to qualify you to teach English. Teaching requires patience, effective communications skills, and thoughtful lesson planning. Because of all this, you may want to look into an English training program.
- TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), and TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) courses provide valuable training, including reviews of English grammar, training in creating lesson plans, information on cross-cultural communication styles, and general teaching tips -- all of which can make you a more qualified and desirable candidate.
- Courses vary widely in length, depth of training, and costs, so do some research and think carefully about the type of training you want or need. Try looking at actual job postings to see what qualifications are required for the country, type of school, or length of contract you are looking for.
Types Of Teaching Positions
- Paid and volunteer positions
- Predetermined placements and support from the program provider
- Paid positions through established government programs
- Often do not require previous experience but may be more competitive than other options
Teaching at a Private School (independently arranged placement)
- Research available positions and contact the English school directly
- Negotiate the terms of your contract
English-Language Teaching Programs
CIEE offers paid teaching positions for university graduates looking to share their language and culture while immersing themselves in new communities around the world.
As one of the longest established and most popular international English Language Teaching job sites, TEFL.com has acted as the conduit between teachers and language employers since 1997.
English Teaching programs in Chile, Italy, Spain, China, Thailand, and Vietnam
Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Pacific Islands
Government Sponsored Programs
Opportunities for English language and conversational classes are available in several countries in Asia, Europe, and South America. Grant duration, requirements, and grant amount vary by country.
Work as a teaching assistant in a Japanese school. One year in duration with an option to renew the contract.
Promote cultural, educative, and scientific knowledge exchange. Support Spanish teachers in teaching and students in learning the Spanish language. Foster understanding and appreciation between different cultures.
Teach middle school, high school, or university students in one of more than 70 countries around the world. This is a two-year commitment.
Many organizations can provide an opportunity for you to volunteer your time and skills abroad. You can volunteer with a local nonprofit or religious group, apply to a U.S. government-based program like the Peace Corps, or work through an organization that can help you find a volunteer placement abroad. The opportunities to volunteer abroad are many.
Finding your own placement through a local organization offers you a chance to work with people you already know and with whom you feel comfortable, but it can also be difficult and can require a lot more effort and energy on your part.
Using a placement organization opens up greater possibilities, but will require that you pay some sort of fee to offset the cost of the services the organization provides.
Tips & Advice
An association of non-governmental organizations involved in international volunteer work and internship exchanges. They set forth good principles and practices that volunteer programs should follow.
Articles explaining how volunteer program fees are used.
Articles that explain the benefits of volunteering with an organization and where fees go.
International Volunteer Programs
Opportunities in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Morocco, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, and Thailand.
A nonprofit, online organization that offers a searchable database of volunteer opportunities.
The Peace Corps goal is to promote world peace and friendship. They have 139 host countries worldwide.
“Join us in the fight against poverty housing and homelessness around the world.”
IVHQ provides affordable, safe, and responsible volunteer abroad programs in 30 different countries around the world. They place thousands of volunteers and offer a wide range of volunteer travel opportunities.