Your chance to lead a global movement — apply to become a WorldTeach Global Education Fellow today.

As one of our inaugural Fellows, you will be on the front lines of international education and innovation, developing your professional skills and cross-cultural expertise while broadening your global network. Our first cohort of Fellows will live in Ecuador for 10 months, participating in Ecuadorian President Correa’s Time to Teach initiative. Fellows will advance student-centered and effective education practices in schools while driving our emerging conversation about globalization, education and national development in the 21st century.   

The Global Education Fellowship is designed to deepen your ability to compete in the global marketplace.

Placements for your fellowship will be in various urban and rural areas in the Amazon where you’ll encounter one of the most bio-diverse regions of the world, including the Yasuni National Park. Or, you will be placed in the Sierra (Andes) region of Ecuador, a locale replete with vibrancy and dynamism due to its fertile land and booming tourism industry.


WorldTeach has contributed to international education in Ecuador since 1991. WorldTeach Ecuador Global Education Fellows will teach English in urban and rural schools in the Sierra and Amazon regions as a core component of their fellowship. On-the-ground experience in schools is a fundamental part of achieving the fellowship goals.


Global education helps students become curious and understand the world and globalization, to make sense of how global and local affairs are interdependent, to recognize global opportunities, and to have the skills to act on those opportunities, advancing progress, global stability and peace
- Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education and Faculty Director, International Education Policy at Harvard University and WorldTeach Board of Directors member


This Fellowship will include a rigorous and multi-faceted professional development program. While Fellows are expected to design their own research and reflection projects according to areas of interest and career objectives, each project must consider the overall theme of how 21st century globalization is affecting education and learning. The research and reflection component will average 15 hours per month.

You will be responsible for teaching 20 hours per week or more. You will be responsible for lesson plans, grading and other duties as assigned by local administrators. Class sizes vary as do the students’ previous access to English and levels. You will teach either primary or secondary school students.

Along with serving as a full-time teacher, the WorldTeach Global Education Fellowship has professional development components including:

  • Intercultural Development Inventory © (IDI) assessment and coaching program
  • Development of an individual research or reflection project that deepens your understanding of how the intersection of globalization and education impacts students’ futures or learning.
  • Professional development seminars focused on the forces of globalization and their impacts on education and national development
  • Accredited TEFL certification in order to prepare for teaching placements
  • Career mentoring upon fellowship conclusion
  • Network of over 7,000 WorldTeach alumni

Fellows are placed in various urban or rural, K-12 schools in the Amazonian and Sierra (Andes) regions of Ecuador. You will live with an assigned host family in your local community. Breakfast and dinner are provided by your host family and typically consist of rice, meat, and beans or lentils. Potatoes are native to the Sierra region and also featured in the Ecuadorian diet. Fresh fruits and juices are another intricate part of the local sustenance.

The Ecuador Global Education Fellowship program cost includes visa, housing, transportation and international airfare, supplemental overseas health and emergency evacuation insurance, orientation and additional training conferences, 24-hour in-country field director support, access to educational resources, TEFL certification, and alumni support and networking.  

All Fellows must:

  • Be a native-level English speaker
  • Have a bachelor’s degree by the time of the program’s departure
  • Be between the ages of 21 and 74
  • Be highly flexible, mature, and have a genuine interest in improving education and learning
  • Have international professional or academic experience