How It Works

1. Apply

Choose your placement dates and complete the application process.

2. Prepare

We'll provide you with a thorough briefing regarding your placement using our online packages, webinars and school profiles.

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.

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

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

Our application process includes completing out application form (coming soon), 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.


Through online packages and webinars Education United will ensure you are well prepared for your placement using our own mentoring and coaching guidelines.

You will be well informed on the school you are to be placed with and the standard of mentoring they will require.

Your experience, expertise, current and past positions will all be taken into account when choosing your specific role, ie experienced classroom teachers will likely be mentoring individual teachers, while senior leadership team members will likely be placed on whole school improvements. We want you to have maximum impact, your experience is important to us.


Placements range from 2 to 8 weeks. Accommodation and internal ground-based travel will be organised for you and any partners/dependent(s) by Education United. All this is included in the cost quoted. You will need to arrange your own flights and insurance. For more detailed on what's included see individual placement details o our 'Where We Work' page. Your work will be centred around the School Development Plan for your placement school, with specific whole-school targets in mind and below are examples of activities you will be involved in:

  • Teacher interaction - support lesson planning, team teaching, 1:1 teacher-mentor conferences, modelling teaching, observing lessons, target setting
  • School interaction - staff training, learning walks, pupil voice.
  • 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 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, managed by Education United, will allow teachers to stay in contact.

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