The key to feeling comfortable in a foreign country is having close friends that know you and that look out for you, but that also understand the country where you are living. In each teaching location your service to children links you to a network of friends that provides the support that you need. Volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but for many this is the first time living out of the country. We try to provide all the help a volunteer needs to acclimate themselves to their new environment.
- Regional Coordinators Regardless of our knowledge or experience in a foreign country, you need a local, native person to help with your cultural blindness. Regional coordinators help with cultural issues, Safety and Medical Care, interaction with the schools and parents, and look out for the general needs of the volunteers while abroad. They are typically professionals that live with their families close to the location of the teachers.
- Head Teachers Head teachers are American volunteer peer supervisors that have at least one semester of teaching experience, and lead a team of volunteers in each location. Their primary responsibilities are advising teachers, teacher training, and program administration.