WorldTeach partners with governments and other organizations in developing countries to provide volunteer teachers to meet local needs and promote responsible global citizenship.
The WorldTeach mission statement is two-fold.
The first part concerns our impact on the students and on the schools. We care very much that volunteers are effective teachers in the classroom and that the students are engaged and learning no matter the level of prior teaching experience of the volunteers entering the program. With comprehensive training during orientation and the Teacher Quality Program support provided over the course of service, we hope to set up every volunteer for success as a teacher while serving with WorldTeach. In addition, we have developed supplemental teaching manuals for many of our programs so that volunteers can run the student-centered classrooms that foster the skills that our partners expect.
The second part concerns the impact on our volunteers. While we recognize that over 7,000 past WorldTeach volunteers have made a tremendous impact internationally with over 12 million hours of service provided, we also know that an even greater impact can be felt as these volunteers return, hopefully with a more sophisticated and nuanced understanding of international issues and a firmer membership in the international community. We are proud that many of our alumni have shown leadership in areas stemming from their experiences as WorldTeach volunteers: in academic careers in international development or international studies, in educational and volunteer organizations, as teachers and school administrators, and in business and multi-national companies. Several have become leaders in the U.S. Congress, and one has served as a U.S. Ambassador.
WorldTeach envisions a world in which all children have access to a quality education that will expand their capabilities, increase their knowledge and skills, and deepen their understanding of themselves and others, so that they can build for themselves rich and productive lives. Further, WorldTeach envisions a world where people respect and care for each other across countries, cultures, and socioeconomic divides.
WorldTeach strongly believes that this vision can be achieved by bringing together people from different cultures, allowing them to know each other as friends, teachers, colleagues and community members. Further, WorldTeach believes that when language is shared and people can communicate directly with each other that this experience in global understanding is greatly enhanced.