World Teach was a fantastic experience. I was humbled by fundraising. I was humbled while working in China. And at the end of my month journey, I told my supervisor, “Get me a job and I will come back!”
World Teach was very helpful getting you information. They were a great program to get your feet wet. I would recommend a summer program first to anyone unsure if they should international teach. Summer programs usually cost the volunteer money. However, I enjoyed the process of fundraising. It challenged me. I hate begging for money and I did not want to feel like I was doing that. Summer programs also last a shorter amount of time. I never missed home during the time of the summer program. So this could be a great step if someone is unsure they will like working in a foreign country with new friends.
However, keep in mind that World Teach is a platform where you teach oral English. So if you are looking to teach Grade 5 or Chemistry abroad, this program is not the best fit. However, I think it gave me the sense of what I would experience living in a new country. This was my greatest fear. Could I live in another country?
For the summer programs, you will need to fundraise. For the year-long programs, World Teach generally covers most of the cost. I found my time in China was wonderful! This is why I went back as an Oral English teacher at a University (where my supervisor worked) and the middle school, where I did bi-weekly classes. I did not make a lot of money. I made under $800 a month. However, I managed to save about $3,000 dollars while traveling within China and Thailand during my Chinese New Year break.