The WorldTeach Global Education Fellowship (GEF) focuses on the intersections of globalization and learning in the 21st century.
As one of our China Global Education Fellows, you will live in and experience a country that makes up 20 percent of the world's population and is on the brink of becoming the world's largest economy. What does this mean for the future of global trade and the global workplace? In what ways does China's modernization impact Chinese society, overall, and its next generation of entrepreneurs, teachers, and professionals? How are traditional cultures and norms being impacted during this period of rapid industrialization and urbanization? These questions will be among those posed and explored during your fellowship. Serving as a full time teacher in a local school in Hunan Province, you will also take part in experiential reflection, either on your own or in collaboration with other Fellows. As a China Global Education Fellow you will develop highly coveted 21st century skills, Chinese cultural expertise, and participate in Chinese language training, making you more competitive in the global marketplace. In return, you will serve as a role model for high school and middle school students who are facing a highly competitive educational and employment market, themselves.
Placements for your fellowship take you to a town or city in the Hunan province. With a population of more than 65 million people, Hunan Province includes the large capital city of Changsha as well as smaller, but still urban, town centers.
Teaching will average 18-20 hours per week. You will be responsible for lesson plans, grading and other duties as assigned by local school administrators. Class sizes and students' previous exposure to English will vary.
What training and support does the Fellowship provide?
- Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)© assessment and coaching program (optional)
- Mentor support for experiential reflection that contributes to the understanding of the intersection of globalization and education as it impacts students' futures or learning.
- Professional development seminars focused on the forces of globalization and their impacts on education and national development
- WorldTeach accredited TEFL certification (optional) and 3 week long orientation to prepare for teaching placements
- Mandarin Language track providing formal weekly lessons (optional w/ an additional $950 fee)
- Career mentoring sessions upon fellowship conclusion
- Access to network of over 7,000 WorldTeach alumni both during fellowship and after
Additional Fellowship Details:
- Depart in early August 2017, return in mid June 2018
- Application Deadline of April 15th
- The Fellowship is funded and includes visa, housing, local transportation, 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. Airfare is not included.
- Fellows receive a monthly living stipend to cover basic expenses.
Applicants should meet the following requirements:
- Speak English at native-level
- Have earned bachelors degree or higher by June 1st, 2017
- Have 2+ years of professional experience OR a TEFL/TESOL certificate
- Chinese language proficiency is NOT required
- Commitment to improving education and learning globally
- Excited by the opportunity to gain international professional experience
Applicants for the China Fellowship program can get TEFL certified through a modified WorldTeach TEFL Certification Program during pre-departure. The deadline to complete the online certification is May 15th.
WorldTeach was founded in 1986 by a group of college students seeking to promote education at the local level in places that lack teachers and educational resources. We now send 400 volunteers each year to local schools and host communities in developing countries around the world. Since inception, we have placed over 7,000 volunteers in 28 countries, providing them with the teacher training, language preparation and field support, necessary to create lasting impact on the communities in which they work.