About WorldTeach & Deaf WorldTeach
What is WorldTeach?
WorldTeach is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded by a group of Harvard students in 1986 in response to the need for educational assistance in developing countries. It also addressed a growing interest among people in the U.S. and elsewhere to serve, teach and learn as volunteers overseas. Since its inception, WorldTeach has placed thousands of volunteer educators in communities throughout Asia, Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Pacific.
WorldTeach offers the benefits of a well-established volunteer organization, while also providing more comprehensive, personalized support and training as a small NGO. In each of the WorldTeach programs, volunteers are placed in schools and host communities in developing countries that specifically request WorldTeach volunteers and would otherwise be unable to afford or locate qualified teachers. Volunteers receive training, language preparation, and field support, empowering them to make an impact that will last long after they leave. WorldTeach is an independent NGO registered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. (WorldTeach).
WorldTeach is very similar to the Peace Corps program with a few differences. What sets WorldTeach apart from Peace Corps: required college degree (B.A. level or above), a shorter volunteer commitment, options for length of service, and a focus on teaching.
You can find out more about WorldTeach at www.worldteach.org.
What is DeafWorldTeach?
Gallaudet University has established a collaborative partnership with the WorldTeach organization in Cambridge, MA. Deaf WorldTeach focuses specifically on teaching deaf children and youth (Early Intervention through High School) as well as teaching sign language to families, professionals, and the community in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (on the islands of Majuro and Ebeye).
In many Pacific islands, deaf children lack equal access to education. Without trained teachers in the field of Deaf Education and sign language, deaf students lack full access to learning. Deaf WorldTeach can immediately supplement the existing pool of teachers, provide teachers who are language models and role models for deaf students, and strengthen the sign language skills of students, families, teachers, and others in the community. Deaf WorldTeach builds on the WorldTeach program in the Micronesia and brings ASL-fluent deaf and hearing role models to work with Marshallese deaf children and teachers. Deaf WorldTeach teachers work primarily with deaf students in K to 12 classes at the Deaf Education Centers in Majuro and Ebeye that are under the Ministry of Education. They also work with the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program to provide Early Intervention services and Early Childhood Education programs to young deaf children and their families.
In addition to the mandatory WorldTeach Orientation Training program that begins in July in Majuro, Deaf WorldTeach provides Deaf Education training workshops specifically for the Deaf WorldTeach volunteers. Here is the layout of your training and service as a Deaf WorldTeach volunteer from July to early June:
3-4 weeks of WorldTeach Orientation training in Majuro on cross-cultural communication, native language, teaching, lesson planning/curriculum development, water safety, and so on. ASL interpreters will be provided. All volunteers will also do demonstration teaching lessons with Marshallese students. Deaf WorldTeach volunteers will do demonstration teaching with deaf students from Majuro Deaf Education Center.
2 weeks of training on instructional strategies for teaching Deaf students and teaching sign language, as well as training in Marshallese sign language.
10 months of teaching deaf students and sign language in one of the following placements: Majuro Deaf Education Center or Ebeye Deaf Education Center or EHDI.
Mid-service training for 3 days at the end of December with all of the WorldTeach and Deaf WorldTeach volunteers. This is designed to help volunteers get together and assess the first half of the year and prepare for the final half.
1 day of End of Service training at the end of the academic year. This is when volunteers fill out paperwork assessing the whole year, provide feedback to WorldTeach and Deaf WorldTeach for any necessary program changes/improvements for the following year.