Recruitment 2019

Education United prides itself on being a sustainable, professional, non-profit educational initiative that empowers teachers and improves outcomes for children, contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals outlined by the United Nations.

Many schools in developing countries work tirelessly to educate the upcoming generation of their community, but struggle due to minimal funding, few resources and little or no training. We have been set up to tackle the last of these issues. We select and prepare UK trained teachers to take on placements in mentoring and advisory roles to support teachers in developing countries.


Roles Available for 2019

Teacher-Mentor (4 positions)

SEND Advisor

Teaching & Learning Advisor

Leadership Advisor (SLT experience essential)


1. Apply

Choose your placement dates and complete the application process.

2. Prepare

Mentoring Role - To ensure high impact and high quality mentoring we provide you with professional mentor training and thoroughly prepare you regarding your placement using our training days and online packages.

Advisory Role - To ensure high impact we brief you on the school development plan, country familiarisation and how your area of expertise will be used.

3. In-Country Placement

Complete your in-country placement of two to eight weeks working with designated school(s).

4. Distance Mentoring

Use our online system to continue a mentoring and coaching relationship.

Experienced teacher with a family? Want to be able to get involved and take your family with you?

We understand many experienced teachers will want to embark on a volunteer placement but also have a family to consider. That's why we offer community work placements to partners and dependents of our Teacher Mentors. Find out more on our 'What I Gain' page


Education United is looking for dedicated, experienced teachers who are passionate about improving educational outcomes to spend up to eight weeks working with us to improve the quality of education in developing countries.

Mentoring Role - Leadership, coaching and mentoring experience is desirable but not essential.

Advisory Role - You'll need experience in a relevant leadership position for the role we are looking for.

Placement dates are your choice, please see our 'Where we Work' page for locations and further information.

Unlike most companies, we only charge you for your training and preparation if acting as a mentor, so the cost is the same regardless of the length of your placement - £300. If acting in an advisory role, you do not pay for your briefing and familiarisation.

To make the best of your experience and ensure you have a high impact we recommend a minimum 2 week placement.

Our application process includes completing our Application Form, referencing and face-to-face familiarisation via skype.

If you are a teacher who wants to make a sustainable impact on childrens lives in developing countries then Education United is for you. Get in touch via our contacts page or call us direct to discuss your opportunities further.


We pride ourselves on training and preparing you for your Teacher-Mentoring or Advisory roles to ensure you have high impact in your placement. If mentoring, you will be put through your paces on our training course (provided in country or prior to arrival) to ensure you are fully equiped to mentor teachers in a developing country, certificate of completion will be provided. If acting in an advisory role, you will receive a full brief on the school development plan and how your role will target the areas needed.

Whatever your role, we will ensure you are well prepared and informed on the school you are to be placed with; you will know what their focus is and what support has been in place previously for you to build on.


Placements range from 2 to 8 weeks. You will need to arrange your own flights, visa and insurance. Education United has a list of accommodation to choose from and can arrange this for you if desired, you will settle costs directly with the provider in country. We also provide you with a helpful booklet, containing useful details including; recommendations on how to get to/from your placements, what you might need to take and things to do in the local area.

For more detailes on what's included see individual placement details on our 'Where We Work' page.

Your work will be centred around the School Development Plan for your placement school(s), with specific whole-school targets in mind. If in a mentoring role, you will be working with up to three class teachers across two schools. If in an advisory role, you will be assigned at least one member of the leadership team to coach and mentor, while also providing training in your area of expertise - this could be for whole school or leadership team only, depending on the need.

Below are examples of activities you might be involved in:

Mentoring Role

  • Teacher interaction - support lesson planning, team teaching, 1:1 teacher-mentor conferences, modelling teaching, observing lessons, target setting...
  • Whole school interaction - staff meeting sessions, learning walks, pupil voice.
  • Relationship building - fully immersing yourself in school life and the culture (staff meetings, socials, break duties etc.)

Advisory Role

  • This will be very Leadership team interaction - target setting, coaching and mentoring sessions, training, data analysis, action planning...
  • Whole school interaction - staff training, learning walks and join observations with the leadership team...
  • Relationship building - fully immersing yourself in school life and the culture (staff meetings, socials, break duties etc.)

Sustaining the Relationship

On your return Education United will support you in updating our database on the school's development, focusing on both the whole school and individual teachers.

This work will be vital in ensuring the next genaration of mentors and advisors are well prepared for maintaining the mentoring relationship and continuing school improvements.

You will also be encouraged to maintain a mentoring and coaching relationship with the contacts you have made in country. Communication, organised by Education United, will allow teachers to stay in contact.

Preferably, distance mentoring will continue until the next Teacher-Mentor or Advisor is placed with the school. This could be up to a year.

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