Teach English: Best and Most Affordable Volunteer Abroad Programs with Iko Poran

Looking for a cheap and rewarding volunteer program, to teach English abroad? With your budget in mind, we have selected some of the best and most affordable volunteer programs at many exciting locations overseas in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Whether you are teaching  young monks at a Buddhist Monastery in Nepal, or teach English to children in a favela of Rio de Janeiro, your volunteer experience will be unique, and our prices are among the cheapest.

Ming, from China, will never forget the smiles in the faces of the children in a small village in Ecuador, when they had the opportunity to learn English for the first time in their lives. At the same time, Ming was able to learn Spanish with her welcoming guest family. Teaching English is an incredible way to get in touch with the local population, and for cultural exchange.

Go for a volunteer trip to teach English in a foreign country! You can do so much more than just teaching English on this project! Since you will be working side-by-side with your students, you can encourage cultural understanding and share perspectives. Moreover, you can put your teaching skill on the line. While you gain confidence and experience teaching English, you will  help prepare them for future employment and better opportunities.

Teaching English Volunteer Opportunities

Antonia: “Put your Teaching Skills on the Line” – Nepal

Antonia Bozzolo teaching at school
Antonia Bozzolo teaching at school

I spend a month teaching in a school in Kathmandu Nepal.
It is an amazing experience, especially if you want to put your teaching skills on the line.
I have learned not only that I love what I do, but also gained confidence and good experience.
You also get to understand a different culture and meet amazing people! – Antonia Bozzolo, Las Condes

Find the Teaching Project in Nepal here.

Ming: “The Smile I Will Never Forget” – Teach English in Ecuador

Ming Teaching English in Ecuador
Ming in Ecuador

I got the best living situation in the house which I appreciated very much but also thought I didn’t deserve my ‘family’ treating me so well. My daily job is to teach english to the kids in the village and helped my host-family grandma do some farming job. I enjoy very much the time living there. I got the chance to feel the nature and experience this life that I will remember for the rest of my life. – Ming

Find out more about the volunteer project in Ecuador.

Lammert Lettinga: “An interesting, inspiring and educational experience” – Nepal

Lammert Letting teaching young monks in Nepal
Lammert Lettinga

Teaching English to the child/junior monks at the Monastery has been an interesting, inspiring and educational experience for me. I only hope my pupils experienced it the same way. The atmosphere in the monastery was very welcoming, peaceful and enjoyable and so were the people in it. At times, it was challenging to keep the kids in line by using only positive feedback and enthusiasm (because they see and undergo enough violence in their lives) but I think me and other volunteers have found a nice balance to make lessons entertaining, engaging as well as educational. It has been very rewarding to see how much progress they’ve made in the three weeks I got to teach them. – Lammert Lettinga

Visit our volunteer project at a Buddhist Monastery in Kathmandu

Marco Fiorito: “Incredibly Rewarding Experience” – Teaching Assistent Peru

Marco Fiorito with his English Students in Peru
Marco Fiorito

Teaching has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me, as put me in direct contact with the local people, who really appreciated the time and effort I put into it and who truly believed in the benefits of the program. […] Overall, I couldn’t be more satisfied of this affordable and rewarding adventure, especially given that I’d never really considered volunteering before, and surely recommend this kind of experience to anybody. – Marco Fiorito

Visit our educational volunteer project in Peru.

Teaching English in Rio, Brazil: “I Met some wonderful people” – Bob Black

Bob Black with his English class in Rio
Bob Black with his English class in Rio

I spent the month of October working with Iko Poran in Rio de Janeiro on projects teaching English, Art, and Dance. I met some wonderful people, some of whom will hopefully remain friends forever. It was good to make a difference, even for a short while, to the lives of people who in some cases have so little. But what they may lack in resources they make up for many times in their enthusiasm for learning. – Bob Black, from Scotland

Visit our volunteer project in Rio de Janeiro.


Teaching English Project – Overview

Blond volunteer teach English to young girlAs an English teacher you will introduce your students to the world’s most spoken language. Students range in age from primary school age to the elderly – but no matter who sits in your classroom, teaching English is bound to be an extraordinarily fulfilling experience.




Teach English Overseas: Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer with a group of students choose pictures in a teaching project

English instruction in the World is spotty at best, so volunteering to teach English will provide young students with a supplement to what they learn in school and will give people who never took English courses the opportunity to learn the language. It is also an excellent opportunity to give those living in low-income communities a chance to broaden their horizons and have access to the language that fuels the global economy.

Teach English and bond with gorgeous kids and youngsters from unprivileged communities.

Learning about their life, culture and history from a local perspective.

Experiencing amazing and picturesque cities and all that goes with it.


Voluneer smiles to the camera with papers sticked to her face and body in a Teaching project

Skills needed to teach English as a Volunteer Abroad

If you’re thinking about volunteering to teach and have no experience, don’t worry! The teaching placements are flexible – from tutoring a few students to teaching an entire class. Volunteers also often help each other in planning lessons and activities – but the simple fact that there is an English speaker leading discussion makes a tremendous impact on language acquisition.

The project exposes students from low-income communities o the world’s most commonly spoken language, one that fuels the global economy.

The inclusion of an English speaker leading the discussion makes a tremendous impact on language acquisition.

We encourage our volunteers to go ahead and create their own lessons plans. Often, the volunteers work together on these.

Please note, volunteers do not need to be a qualified or experienced teacher to participate on the project.



Teach English Volunteer Projects – Overview

Teach English in a Buddhist Monastery in Nepal

Super Man Teaching English in Nepal

Go for a unique volunteer trip to Nepal and teach Englich at a Buddhist monastery, located at Aarubari, Jorpati, Kathmandu. Since the young monks are passionate English students, you will enjoy teaching and learning about the Buddhist philosophy of peace and compassion.

Buddhist Philosophy of Peace and Compassion

English proficiency is in high demand in Nepal for the furthering of academic and professional opportunities. Volunteering in this project you will be placed in a monastery located within the peaceful highlands of the Kathmandu valley.

Buddhism is a religion based on the ideals of peace and compassion. There is much to learn from the followers of Buddhism their mantra of a simple life. While teaching at the monastery, you also will have the opportunity to get a close insight of Buddhist culture and spirituality. At the same time, your teaching will help the monks developing language skills and open new opportunities for their future.


Destinations to Teach English Abroad