Teaching English as a Volunteer
20-Hour Online TEFL / TESOL Micro-credential Course
Teaching English as a volunteer takes you and your students places.
Learn cross-cultural skills you'll need to create a world of opportunities for the people you teach and impact the community you serve.
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Teaching English as a Volunteer
Prepare yourself to effectively serve communities by providing invaluable education.
Teaching English as a Volunteer Course Information
|Start date||The course starts the day you enroll.|
|Certification hours||20 hours.|
|Format||100% online and self-paced.|
|Instructors||Personal tutor (experienced ESL/EFL instructor) to grade assignments and provide support.|
|Module 01||Preparations: Getting Started as a Volunteer|
|Module 02||Effectively Working Within the Community|
|Module 03||Having an Impact|
When you complete your course, you’ll be able to:
- Define the term “volunteer” and identify the tenets of being a quality volunteer.
- Explore skills needed to effectively work within the community in a cross-cultural setting.
- Reflect on ways to positively impact the host community as a volunteer.
- Design an entry and exit plan for successful volunteer work.
|Age||18 years of age or older.|
|Education||High school diploma or the equivalent. Proof of graduation or transcript is NOT required.|
|Language||An intermediate or higher level of English proficiency (B1 level, according to the CEFR, the Common European Framework Reference for Language). Proof of language proficiency is NOT required.|
These resources are designed to make the process of finding TEFL jobs or advancing in the field as clear and easy as possible for our graduates. You’ll learn how to improve your resume, find and apply to TEFL jobs, and ace your interview so that you can get the teaching job of your dreams. If you’re already teaching, you’ll find helpful information on continuing professional development, recommended TESOL organizations you can join, and teaching resources you can use in your own classroom. You’ll also learn how to take advantage of Bridge’s job placement services and connect to our community of TEFL teachers and schools worldwide.
|Module 01||Finding a Job, Downloading Your Certificate, and Updating Your Resume|
|Module 02||Stay Connected with Bridge!|
|Module 03||TEFL / TESOL Professional Development Opportunities|
Continuing Education Unit (CEUs) are nationally recognized units of measurement for participation in non-credit, continuing education programs. Bridge is accredited by ACCET (the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training), and any ACCET-approved Bridge course, including our online TEFL programs, can be taken for 1 CEU per 10 hours of TEFL course instruction.Learn more
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Bridge courses have been similarly reviewed and recommended for university credit equivalencies by The American Council on Education (ACE Credit) and many university partners. Bridge is a post-secondary institution accredited by ACCET (recognized by the U.S. Department of Education) and AQUEDUTO (Association for Quality Education and Training Online). Our certifications are regulated by our accrediting agencies, and we ensure that the targeted knowledge, skills, and outcomes are addressed through depictive course assessments. Further, we are committed to making sure that our learners have a positive experience from start to finish and that our programs prepare modern teachers for career success.
To learn more about Bridge’s accreditation and university credit opportunities, please review the following chart. Please note that Ofqual equivalencies are equated to the university credit recommendations provided by the American Council on Education (ACE Credit®) and our university partners.
|BRIDGE COURSES AND HOURS||UNIVERSITY EQUIVALENCEY & CREDIT BEARING DETAILS|
IDELTOnline™(International Diploma in English Language Teaching)
Master TEFL Certificate120 Hours
Specialized Certificates(20-60 hours)
Bridge courses are:
Volunteering as an English teacher in your local community or abroad is an opportunity to empower individuals and communities through education. This course prepares you for the unique role of teaching English in a cross-cultural, volunteer setting by helping you develop both the practical skills and the global perspective needed to effect positive change in the community you serve.
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Access the Bridge Job Board to connect with our Preferred Employer Partners and explore resources to support your TEFL job search.
Work at your own pace–complete in 3 months or less.
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FAQs about Bridge Micro-credentials
Both are TEFL / TESOL courses, but Bridge Micro-credentials are short, professional development courses (around 20 hours) that are highly targeted on specific, practical topics, such as Using Podcasts in the EFL Classroom. These specialized courses are usually taken by experienced, qualified teachers looking to add to their existing knowledge and skill set.
A general TEFL / TESOL certification course, on the other hand, tends to be around 100+ hours and provides a thorough foundation in the theories and methods of teaching English. These courses are more often taken as initial training and certification, especially by those who are new to teaching English or not yet certified.
To take Bridge Micro-credential, you must be at least 18 years old with a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.
Micro-credential courses are designed to build off prior teaching experience and knowledge. It is recommended that you are either already TEFL / TESOL certified, or enroll concurrently in a Professional TEFL / TESOL course, such as the IDELTOnline™ to take a Micro-credential course.
If you are not a native English speaker, we recommend an intermediate or higher level of English proficiency (minimum B1 level, according to the CEFR, the Common European Framework Reference for Language). No proof of fluency required.
You’ll have 3 months from the date of purchase to finish your Micro-credential course. These courses are self-paced, meaning you can work through your course when it’s convenient for you, with no required log-in times or assignment deadlines. Many trainees complete their program in less time – within two months, on average.
Yes! All Bridge courses have experienced tutors who work with trainees. You’ll also be assigned a personal TEFL / TESOL tutor who will offer guidance, answer questions and about course content, and provide assessed feedback during your Micro-credential training. If you have any technical problems throughout the course, you can contact visit our Support Center for assistance.
Upon successful completion of your Micro-credential course, you can download and print your certificate from our online certificate verification portal for free. Your digital badge will be issued to you via email within 7 days of completing your Micro-credential course. You may also order a hard copy certificate mailed to you anywhere in the world for an additional fee. Click here to view fees for hard copy certificate orders.
Backed by blockchain technology, digital badges (sometimes called open badges) provide employers with an in-depth look “under the hood” of the TEFL / TESOL program you completed. When your unique digital badge URL is clicked, details such as the learning objectives you mastered, specific skills you acquired, and the course accreditation are provided.
Digital badges also can be easily shared across the web in places like LinkedIn and Facebook as well as on your resume to showcase your skills and qualifications to future employers. Learn more about digital badges.
Yes, we’re continually developing new Micro-credential courses to reflect the professional development needs of global English language teachers. You can sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page to receive updates on newly launched Micro-credential courses and other TEFL / TESOL news.
There is no limit to the number of Micro-credential courses you can take and certificates/digital badges you can earn! We encourage teachers to stack these professional development courses to add to your skill set and enhance your TEFL / TESOL resume.
Yes! As with all Bridge online courses, Micro-credentials will be reflected on your Bridge TEFL / TESOL certificate. Your certificate will automatically update each time you add a new credential, and you can access it (or provide an employer with access to it) via our secure certificate verification portal.
You can complete your Micro-credential course on any device, including a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. All you’ll need is an Internet connection! However, please note that you’ll complete a tutor-assessed written assignment in order to earn your credentials. For this reason, it’s recommended that you have access to a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer to complete this portion of the course.
Krzl Nunes, Bridge Program Advisor