Compare WorldTeach to Peace Corps

Many applicants consider WorldTeach as a Peace Corps alternative, and the two experiences share many elements. Some reasons that WorldTeach may be a better fit for some include: the need to serve within a set time frame, a commitment to teaching, a lack of U.S. citizenship, or a preference to serve with a non-governmental organization. Below is an at-a-glance comparison of WorldTeach and the Peace Corps to help you understand the similarities and differences between these two exciting volunteer opportunities.

WorldTeach

Peace Corps

WorldTeach

Year Programs: Must hold a bachelor’s degree and have native-level fluency in English. WorldTeach accepts applicants of all nationalities.

Summer Programs: Must be at least 18 years of age, and a bachelor’s degree is not required.

Eligibility

Peace Corps

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to apply. All Peace Corps applicants must be U.S. citizens.

WorldTeach

Rolling: admissions decisions made within one month of completion of application.

Application Timing

Peace Corps

Rolling, and averages 9-12 months until a decision is made and departure date and country of service is determined.

WorldTeach

Most programs are approximately 11 months, including 1 month of in-country training and one academic year of teaching. Two-month summer programs also available.

Length of Service

Peace Corps

27 months, with an average of 3 months of in-country training and 24 months of service.

WorldTeach

All assignments center around teaching, though volunteers also participate in other community projects.

Nature of Service

Peace Corps

Assignments vary according to your country of service and your background and skills.

WorldTeach

Funding varies depending on your program of choice. As an independent NGO with no significant outside funding, WorldTeach relies on host countries and organizations along with volunteers’ contributions (often through fundraising) to cover their expenses.

Cost & Services

Peace Corps

Peace Corps is fully covered through government funding. Volunteers are not expected to contribute to their expenses.

WorldTeach

Independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization for education-focused international volunteer programs founded with support from Harvard University.

Organization

Peace Corps

International volunteer program typically focusing on social and economic development, founded by President John F. Kennedy and run by the U.S. government.

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