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Career Partnership with WorldTeach


City Year is proud to partner with WorldTeach in working towards our mutual goal of making a difference in the lives of others and in transforming communities. This partnership reflects the vision and values of both organizations, particularly in our shared commitment to empowering the lives through service and education. As such, being a City Year alum strengthens an applicant's competitiveness in the WorldTeach selection process.


WorldTeach is a well-established NGO founded in 1986 by a group of Harvard students who were motivated by the desire to promote education at the local level in places where teachers and resources were lacking. Now partnering with governments and local organizations throughout Asia, Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Pacific, WorldTeach sends about 400 volunteers each year to communities that have specifically requested WorldTeach's support. Since its inception, WorldTeach has placed over 7,000 volunteers, providing them with teacher training, language preparation, and field support, empowering them to affect lasting change on the community they work with so that their influence will survive their experience.


The City Year experience is a strong indicator of future success in the WorldTeach program, and serving a year with City Year strengthens a candidate's application and chances for being selected as a WorldTeach volunteer. Click here to learn more about becoming a volunteer teacher with WorldTeach.

Who Volunteers

WorldTeach Volunteers come from diverse backgrounds throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and beyond. Volunteers can be recent college graduates, current college students (for summer programs), working professionals, teachers on sabbatical, couples, retirees, or anyone else who is committed to international service and education. To volunteer with WorldTeach, you are not required to have previous teaching or foreign language experience; however, volunteers should be flexible and have the capacity to handle the excitement of living and working abroad.

While WorldTeach volunteers have varying personalities and background experiences, those who participate in this program do share a few things in common. Their volunteers have a thirst to experience life in a developing country, a belief in the power of education, a spirit of adventure, and most importantly a desire to make a difference, one student at a time.

Volunteers interested in a future teaching career may choose to complete the WorldTeach TEFL certification program. Through our training and professional development programs, WorldTeach offers TEFL certification to volunteers participating in most of our programs for an additional charge of $350. Please check individual program profiles to see if the program you are interested in applying to offers TEFL certification. To learn more about WorldTeach TEFL certification click here.

Where We Work

WorldTeach currently offers teaching programs in 9 different countries, which vary in teaching assignments, type of accommodations, and urban or rural setting. Volunteers choose their preferred placement before applying and may choose from programs lasting for one year, one semester, or one summer. See a summary of program offerings to aid in your decision-making process, and be sure to read entries from our blog.

Teach Abroad Programs By Region


India Summer
Nepal Summer


Pacific Islands

American Samoa Year

Marshall Islands Year



Morocco Summer

Namibia Year | | Namibia Summer

South Africa Summer


South America

Ecuador Year  | Ecuador Summer
Peru Semester



WorldTeach in Action

Click here to view a video made by Rachel Manley, a WorldTeach volunteer who spent two years in Ogongo, Namibia as a math, computer, and art teacher at the Ogongo Combined School. Take a peek into the daily life of a WorldTeach volunteer!


To Apply

  • Before beginning your application process, please select a program by exploring our individual programs online. Some programs have specific qualifications, and applicants are encouraged to read program profiles carefully prior to beginning their applications.
  • Access the WorldTeach application website and apply online
  • Application will allow applicants to apply for a first choice and second choice program.
  • Please note that due to in-country orientation and academic calendars, the programs have fixed departure and return dates. For more information about the application process, please click here.

To identify your affiliation with City Year

City Year AmeriCorps members and alumni should check off the box on the WorldTeach application to indicate their affiliation with City Year. It would also be helpful to highlight their City Year experience on their resume as part of application materials and contact WorldTeach at 857- 259-6646 or to identify their City Year affiliation after submission of their application.

Note to currently serving corps members: Pay close attention to program start dates to avoid conflict with your City Year Graduation

Please compare the Start Date for the WorldTeach Volunteer program(s) in which you are interested to your City Year graduation date. Corps members must avoid programs with a conflict, since being accepted into a program that starts before your City Year graduation means ending your term of service with City Year and losing your Education Award.

To contact WorldTeach

Call 857-259-6646 or email


To Learn More

Click here to view City Year as a partner on the WorldTeach website.

Please note that all admissions decisions are made by WorldTeach. Corps members, alumni and staff interested in the program must complete the full application process.