Introduction and Mission Statement
Compassion Action supports Teach & Travel program. Teach and Travel is an international project, whose aim is to place participants in different countries all over the world. Our volunteers, who were either graduates or undergraduate college students from the USA and Canada, taught ESL to students ranging from elementary school to high school during their summer vacation. It was wonderful to see them gain a new and rewarding experience, abroad nonetheless, while at the same time feel excited about showing their teaching abilities. They had the opportunity to make very close friendships and get to know different people and cultures. In fact, CAF volunteers should be recognized for the good impressions they left to the principals, students and parents as well. The Teach &Travel program took place in 3 to 4 weeks of teaching and 3 days of travelling in some of the most prominent touristic locations around Tanzania and Kazakhstan . It is important to mention that the “Travel” part was just as exciting as the “Teaching” part. Traveling to amazing historical and touristic locations, participating in interesting regional activities, tasting different kinds of dishes from other cultures and being hosted by local families were some of the common activities taking place in this program. Beyond traveling, it was a fun and entertaining experience as well. It is obvious that CAF volunteers who participated in this project are looking forward to being more involved in future CAF programs.
Date : July 11th – 31st (3 weeks)
Date : July 1st – July 21st
The Teach & Travel Program’s mission is to bring students of different cultures and backgrounds together to understand one another, network, enrich their resumes, develop leadership and build self confidence.
Teach & Travel is a 3 or 4 weeks program designed to teach English as a second language to elementary, middle or high school students. The Teach & Travel (T&T) program is an international project aiming to place participants in different countries all over the world, giving an excellent opportunity to gain valuable international experience. Teaching positions will be available in many countries. Each Teach & Travel region in North America goes to a specific country. Please see the chart below for the destination countries.
The program is focused on teaching through speaking. A unique activity oriented, speaking focused summer program curriculum along with books and supportive documents prepared by the education department of LEAF is used in the program. The material is delivered through a facilitate learning methodology. The program is implemented mainly in two type of settings:
- Traditional Teaching Environment: Most schools follow an ESL curriculum throughout the year. Students have their regular ESL teachers as supervisors of the summer program. Teachers are running the LEAF curriculum in coordination with school’s objectives.
- Non-traditional Teaching Environment: This option is preferred mostly by non-educational institutions; examples include municipalities, professional associations and similar organizations.
Participants are required to complete the mandatory Teach & Travel training sessions. Training sessions cover topics like class management, orientation on student profile, training for teaching materials and activities, sample class sessions and more. Regional offices offer training sessions locally and online training option is NOT available.
- International Summer Internship
The internship program gives participants to gain valuable experience, enrich their resumes and build professional networks.
The internship program is a 2 to 4 week internship program available in fields of Business & Finance, Media and Journalism, Security/Criminal Justice & Governance, Health & Medicine, Education, NGO, and Architecture. Interns are unpaid. The internships are full-time (40 hours per week). Participants may receive university credit for their participation, depending on their school’s credit policy. There are mainly two types of internships:
This internship is a classical internship format in which for three weeks, participants are assigned to one institution. In that period, candidates are introduced to the company, systems and are assigned tasks and projects. Media and Journalism, Health & Medicine, Education, and Architecture internships are all in regular internship format.
The aim of the travel portion of Teach & Travel is to afford an opportunity to learn about different cultures and history of locals. The trip portion of the program is not necessarily continuous (consecutive days). It may consist of several outings, i.e., festivals, cultural events, tours, and celebrations according to the placement of participants. This trip will include visits to historic sites, tourist attractions and civic institutions. Participants can also have the opportunity to gain college credit from their educational institutions by creating a portfolio of their experiences in the form of a written or visual journal.
The trips are designed by your regional coordinator. Please contact your regional coordinator for the cost of the travel and its itineraries. Please note that the travel portion is not included in the overall cost of the program.
Airport pickup in destinations will be arranged only for the participants who arrive within the designated pickup dates in the program schedule. Group shuttle pickup dates and hours will be announced.
Sightseeing tours are offered for all Teach & Travel participants. They are not mandatory. They are NOT sponsored. This trip/s will include visits to historic sites, tourist attractions and civic institutions. The sightseeing tour/s destinations and itinerary will differ according to the teaching and internship locations of the participants.
Participants are required to purchase their own tickets. Transportation within the summer program is the sole responsibility of the participant. Some local hosting institutions may provide complimentary transportation service.
Accommodation will be provided by the institution.
- Housing Facilities are not “co-ed”.
- Alcohol and smoking are prohibited.
- There is a strict “no guest” policy.
- Facilities are either college dorms or student housing. In some exceptional cases, host families may offer accommodation.
- Participants are responsible for upholding the existing rules of the housing facility, which may differ.
- The institution is responsible to make sure the basic housing conditions promised by them are met in every location which doesn’t include:
- internet availability
- private room
- free meal
** In some locations, participants may be offered these kinds of ‘extra’ services as a courtesy by their education institution.
Participants are responsible for their food costs.
All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the applicant.
Participants are required to have traveler’s insurance. Our institution is not responsible for any kind of loss or medical expense of the participants.
- Application Fee
Each participant is required to pay a $25 application fee.
- Program Fee
Each participant is required to pay a $2500 program fee after getting accepted to the program.
The program price does not cover only the costs directly linked to your presence on the ground. It also shares other costs required to give you the best experience.
Program Fee Includes:
- Accommodation (Accommodation may or may not include food nor WiFi)
- Support and 24-hour backup from both our local and US/Canada staff
- Pre-departure support from Regional Coordinator by email, phone and in person.
- In country support by local coordinator.
- Airport Pickup and Drop Off in destination countries.
- Transportation to destination city of teaching.
- Transportation to destination city of internship.
- The following transportation is NOT covered:
- Any kind of travel, leisure or sightseeing transportation.
- Local transportation to and from your internship location.
- The flight tickets to the destination countries, and in between cities.
Eligibility for Scholarship
Each institution has its own eligibility requirements. But the general guideline is as in the following description.
- Applicants must be of specified ethnically background by the institutions.
- Applicants must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
- Applicants must be a recent High School graduate or a current college student.
- Applicants must show active presence in one of the following Community Service programs provided by the relevant institution. The amount of funding is as specified in the “Meeting the Requirements” section:
- Education Services Programs:
- After School
- Weekend School
- SAT/ACT Program
- Community Service Projects. For detail please contact your regional coordinator.
- Education Services Programs:
- Applicants must provide official documents proving their financial income. The amount of funding is as specified in the “Meeting the Requirements” section.
Applicants who meet these criteria have the chance to win the following funding that applies to their Teach & Travel program price.
You can apply for the Teach & Travel Fund on your program application.
Education Services Requirement
The applicant may receive a scholarship fund between $250 – $1500. This fund is only applicable for the Teach & Travel program fee.
Applicant must actively volunteer at one of the of the following programs at least once a week for 10 times.
- After School
- Weekend School
- SAT Program
Community Services Requirement
Applicant may receive a scholarship fund between $250 – $750. This fund is only applicable for the Teach & Travel program fee.
Applicant must show active participation one of the available projects that is provided by the institution. For detail please contact your Teach & Travel regional coordinator.
Financial Aid Requirement
Applicant may receive a scholarship fund between $250 – $1250. This fund is only applicable for the Teach & Travel program fee.
Applicant must submit official documents.