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Volunteer in India with InterExchange Working Abroad — No Teaching Certificate Required
Endlessly fascinating and amazingly diverse, the subcontinent of India is an ideal location for international volunteers. Volunteer placements that match your interests and fulfill local social service needs are available in Goa, Himachal Pradesh or Rajasthan. Typical placements include primary schools, day care centers and other community-oriented projects. There are also special workshops about Indian culture, such as yoga and cooking, as well as planned excursions to local sites of interest you can participate in.

Dates: Depends on region
Cost:
From $1195
Contact: Interexchange, Inc., Working Abroad, 161 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10013.
Tel.: 212-305-5438; toll-free 1-800-597-3675.
Email: workabroad@interexchange.org
Website: www.interexchange.org/workingabroad

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American International Education Foundation (AIEF), English Teacher Placement, 18605 E. Gale Ave., Ste. 230, City of Industry, CA 91748; 626-965-1995; teachers@aief-usa.org, www.aief-usa.org. Recruits mainly American graduates to spend 12 months (sometimes six) teaching English to junior high and high-school aged students in many cities in China and Taiwan.

Bangladesh Work Camps Association (BWCA), 289/2 Workcamp Rd., North Shajahanpur, Dhaka-1217, Bangladesh; fax. 011-880-2-956- 5506; bwca@bangla.net; www.mybwca.org. Volunteers are placed in 2-week community development camps between October and March to promote environmental, health education, literacy, and sanitation.

Buckland International Education Group, Dacunmen Villa District 555, Yanshuo, Guilin, China 541900; 011-86-773-882-7255; buckland@china.com, www.bucklandgroup.org. Recruits 80+ native speakers of English to offer conversation teaching for 3-12 months in different areas of China.

Chatteris Educational Foundation, 18/F Honest Motors Bldg., 9-11 Leighton Rd., Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China; 011-852-2520-5736; info@chatteris.org.hk, www.chatteris.org.hk. Graduate English Language Tutors (GELTs) are placed in Hong Kong schools and given a monthly allowance and free housing for the first 2 weeks. Recent graduates preferred.

Colorado China Council, 4556 Apple Way, Boulder, CO 80301; 303-443-1108; alice@asiacouncil.org, www.asiacouncil.org. Graduates from the U.S. are placed as teachers at institutes throughout China, for 6 or 11 months. Administrative fee for recent graduates including TEFL training, Chinese course, and travel within China.

Dakshinayan, c/o Siddharth Sanyal, F-1169 Ground Fl., Chittarangan Park, New Delhi 110019 (Tel./fax. 011-91-11-262-76645; info@dakshinayan.org; www.dakshinayan.org). Volunteers join grassroots development projects working with tribal peoples in the hills of Rajmahal and nearby plains.

Dragonfly, 2130 Mookamontri Soi, A. Muang, Nakhon Ratchasima, 30000 Thailand; tel./fax. 011-66-44281 589; martin@thai-dragonfly.com, www.thai-dragonfly.com. Volunteer English teaching program in Thailand for 150 fluent speakers. Four to 52 weeks following either 3-day intensive or a 120-hour TEFL training course.

ECC (Thailand), 430/17-24 Chula Soi 64, Siam Square, Bangkok 10330, Thailand; 011-66-2-253-3312; fax. 011-66-2-254-2243 or in the U.S.: 425-930-5421; jobs@ecc.ac.th, www.eccthai.com/jobs.asp. Chain of language schools with 50 branches employing 500 native speaker teachers, who must have a bachelor’s degree and at least six months teaching experience or a CELTA entry level qualification.

English for Asia Ltd, 7/F, Workington Tower, 78 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong; 011-852-2366-3792, fax. 011-852-2392-2424; info@englishforasia.com. Provides EFL-qualified teachers to primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong, as well as a number of teaching centers including in Macao and Shenzhen. Also runs Trinity CertTESOL courses four times a year.

Hess Educational Organization, No. 107, Sec. 2, Minquan East Rd., Zhongshan District, Taipei City 104, Taiwan 011-886-2-2592-6998; fax. 011-886-2-2586-5169; hesswork@hess.com.tw, www.hess.com.tw. Website gives email addresses of overseas recruiters (hess.usa@hess.com.tw or hess.canada@hess.com.tw). Specializes in teaching children including kindergarten-age. 500 Native Speaking Teachers (NSTs) must be college graduates. Very structured teaching program and curriculum.

Insight Nepal, P.O. Box 489, Pokhara, Kaski, Nepal; insight@fewanet.com.np, www.insightnepal.org.np. Volunteer placements for 6 weeks and 3 months in schools and community development projects in Nepal. Must be high school graduate.

ISEC (International Society for Ecology and Culture), P.O. Box 9475, Berkeley, CA 94709; 510-548-4915; infousa@isec.org.uk; www.localfutures.org. Formerly called the Ladakh Farm Project. Participants are placed on a Ladakhi farm with a Ladakhi family for one month in the summer to help with farm and household work and to take part in family life. Educational workshops included.

IWO Korea (International Workcamp Organization). Applications for medium-term volunteer placements as teachers and animators working with children should be sent via partner agency in home country (e.g. Volunteers for Peace).

JAFFE International Education Service, Kunnuparambil Buildings, Kurichy, Kottayam 686549, India; tel. 011-91-481-232 0041; fax. 011-91-481-243-0470; jaffeint@sify.com. Places young foreign volunteers as teachers in English medium high schools, hotel management colleges, teacher training centers, vocational institutes and language schools in Kerala State. Also places teachers at summer schools in various locations in India. Free homestays but no wage.

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET), www.us.emb-japan.go.jp. Official Japanese government program to improve foreign language teaching in schools and foster good relations between the people of Japan and 44 participating countries. About 3,000 college graduates and young professionals from the U.S. aged 39 or less are accepted on 12-month contracts JET Programme information for Canadian applicants.

Joint Assistance Centre (JAC), C-7/150 Lawrence Rd., Keshav Puram, Delhi 110035, India; jac.india@gmail.com. U.S. contact: P.O. Box 6082, San Pablo, CA 94806-0082; 510-237-8331; fax. 510-217-6671; jacusa@juno.com, www.jacusa.org. Community service organization near Delhi.

Karen Hill Tribes, Trust Midgley House, Heslington, York YO10 5DX, U.K.; 011-44-1904-415124; volunteer@karenhilltribes.org.uk, www.karenhilltribes.org.uk. Sends self-funding volunteers to northern Thailand to work in communities of Karen tribespeople, sometimes as language teachers, for the summer or longer term (minimum 6 months).

KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project), P.O. Box 9178, Thamel, Jyatha, Kathmandu, 011-977-1-4216775, fax. 011-977-1-4216774; keep@info.com.np, www.keepnepal.org. Opportunities for volunteers to teach English in trekking villages, government schools, etc. Volunteers stay with a host family and must be self-funding.

Know Nepal, P.O. Box 13465, Kathmandu, Nepal; 011-977-1-4279244; volnter@enet.com.np. Small Nepali organization that welcomes international volunteers as teachers or in development projects for 2-5 months.

KOJEN ELS, 10F-2, No. 200, Roosevelt Rd., Sec. 5, Taipei; 011-886-8663 8287; luisarecruit@hibox.hinet.net, www.kojenenglish.com. Around 300 teachers for 15 locations in Taipei, four in Kaohsiung, and two in Taichung.

Missionaries of Charity, Shishu Bhavan, 78 A.J.C. Bose Rd., Calcutta 701114, India. Runs Mother Theresa’s homes for destitute people in Calcutta. Unskilled volunteers can work for short periods.

Muyal Liang Trust, Yongda Hill, Drakchung-Dzong, West Sikkim 737113, India; Tel/fax. 011-91-3595-50655. Trust runs Denjong Padma Choeling Academy, which takes on foreign volunteers to assist in teaching destitute children in the restricted Indian area of Sikkim for up to 60 days or possibly longer. U.K. representative: Jules Stewart, 53 Blenheim Crescent, London W11 2EG, U.K.; 011-44-207- 229-4774; JJulesstewart@aol.com.

One! International, www.one-international.com. Canadian-affiliated charity working with street children in Mumbai (Bombay). Volunteers teach basic hygiene and English, organize meals, sports, and music, etc.

Parikrma Humanity Foundation, 1846, 3rd Main, Block ‘C’, Sahakaranagar, Bangalore 560 092, India; 011-91-80-363-5225/5782; Volunteer@parikrmafoundation.org, www.parikrmafoundation.org. International volunteers needed for a minimum of 2 months to work at grassroots level with 25 slum communities.

Project Seahorse, Fisheries Centre, Univ. of British Columbia, 2204 Main Mall, Vancouver BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada; 604-827-5139; info@projectseahorse.org; seahorse.fisheries.ubc.ca. Certified SCUBA divers (minimum 15 logged dives) needed for monitoring Marine Protected Area in northern Bohol, Philippines. Minimum stay 8 weeks. Deadlines for applications Nov. 30 and Apr. 30.

RUCHI (Rural Centre for Human Interests), Bandh, Bhaguri 173233, Dist. Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India; 011-91-1792-282454; ruchin@del3.vsnl.net.in or virjids@yahoo.com, www.ruchin.org. The TOTEM program enables people to work in one of 200 villages for spells of 3 weeks (or more) as volunteers in India.

Sarvodaya Headquarters, 98 Rawatawatta Rd., Moratuwa, Sri Lanka; 011-94-11-265-5419; sarvishva@itmin.net, www.sarvodaya.org. U.S. contact: Sarvodaya USA, 122 State St., Ste. 510, Madison, WI 53703; info@sarvodayausa.org. Post-tsunami reconstruction, welfare service, education, and other projects including information technology.

Starfish Ventures Ltd, P.O. Box 9061, Epping, CM16 7WU, U.K.; 011-44-800-197-4817; www.starfishventures.co.uk. Places volunteers in development projects in Thailand. Programs in teaching, community development, construction, and conservation.

Thailand Experience, www.teachabroadthailand.com. Offers a package that includes a 120-hour TEFL course in Koh Samui and other locations in Thailand and guaranteed teaching placement at a Thai school.

VSP-Nepal (Volunteer and Support Program Nepal), Birendramarg-397, Ghattekulo, KMC-32, Kathmandu, Nepal; vsp_nepal@yahoo.com. Volunteer jobs and internship program in remote and urban areas in Nepal, including school teaching. Homestay accommodation with meals.

WWOOF Japan, Honcho 2-jo, 3-chome 6-7, Higashi-ku, Sapporo 065-0042, Japan; fax. 011-81-11-780-4908; info@wwoofjapan.com, www.wwoofjapan.com. U.S. contact provides list of over 300 organic host farmers in Japan to members and can assist with teaching internships and visas.

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