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A few important notes about the application process to be a Head Teacher with ILP:

Head Teachers must have related experience.
While a previous ILP semester as a volunteer is not required, it is highly encouraged (first preference goes to those with ILP experience). We invite all qualified applicants to apply. Email headteachers@ilp.org to see if you meet the requirements.

If you have not volunteered with ILP before, please complete the application for first time volunteers found right here (instead of this one) and then email headteachers@ilp.org to let them know you've applied and would like to be considered for a Head Teacher position.

The application process is much different than when you were a volunteer.
Head Teachers have a lot of responsibilities that can make it very challenging. While there are many perks to being the HT, it is not a good fit for everyone. Because of this we do our best to choose HTs that we feel will be best suited for each specific location and can have a positive impact on a group. Think of the HT application process like you're applying for a job — there will be an interview process and then we make assignments from there based on who we feel is the best fit. Head teacher positions are not like volunteer positions where we accept everyone that is eligible and capable of serving.  

HT assignments can take a little longer.
HT applications open 1.5 years in advance and it's a good idea to apply as soon as you know which semester you're interested in so that you're ready to go when interview time comes. We will hold on to applications and contact those that we feel may be a good fit for an interview. If a particular location has needs for a head teacher with specialized skills (language skills, teaching expertise, leadership experience, conflict resolution, etc.) we may wait to assign applicants without those skills to see if someone with those skills applies.  Our goal is to start making assignments as soon as possible, but can take up until about 1-3 months before your semester so that you can start making plans, but know that we often have last minute openings so there are no deadlines and it's never too late to apply! 

HT spots are limited.
We typically have 1 (sometimes 2) Head Teachers per group, so it can get a bit competitive. Unlike volunteer teaching applications, there are a large percentage of head teacher applicants that are not accepted. If you make it to a wait list, don't be disappointed--a lot of wait list applicants eventually get assigned. If you have a preference on which country you go to, we are happy to take that into consideration. Each location has unique challenges and we can talk to you about that in more detail during your interview.  Let us know below which countries you are interested in — even if you are a great fit for a HT position, know that the more countries you are open to, the easier it will be for us to help you get an assignment during the semester you're applying for. You do not need to go back to the same country you have volunteered in (you might want to go see a new part of the world or maybe you want to go back and see your kids again!) If your volunteer experience was at the orphanage in Romania, you will need to volunteer in a teaching location before you can be a HT in teaching program though, as that teaching experience is very important to have under your belt.

Reach out if you have questions.
You will be contacted 1-2 weeks after submitting your application regarding your interview and what is next in the process. If you have any questions in the meantime, please reach out to applications@ilp.org!

Is the semester you're interested in not open for applications yet? Fill out this quick form and we'll send you a notification email as soon as you can apply!

Please format:mm/dd/yyyy

>>>>>>>>>Your e-mail address:
  1. MUST be the email ILP has for you (just contact us if you're not sure which one we have)
  2. MUST be all lower case letters (no capital letters)
Otherwise, you will get an error when you submit the form: "Lookup not found"

Must be all lowercase + the email ILP contacts you at.

Please include city, state, and zip

The issuing agency is printed on the information page of the passport.

Non-student and Other options at bottom of list.

Code of Personal Conduct

ILP volunteers are responsible to understand and uphold the following moral standards:

*  Abstain from alcohol, tobacco, or drugs *  Do not use vulgar or profane language
*  Obey the law *  Maintain a neat appearance in class
*  Follow all rules and help other volunteers do the same *  Abstain from romantic relationships



  1. ILP volunteers should avoid traveling alone. In taxis or after 9 pm, they must be in groups of 3 or more.
  2. ILP volunteers are to exchange money only at officially approved exchange points.
  3. ILP volunteers should not associate with people who threaten the safety and/or standards of the group or an individual (as defined by the Regional Administrator).
  4. ILP volunteers may not be involved in romantic relationships or physically intimate behavior (non-marital). The standard is not how participants characterize the relationships or behavior but how others perceive it. Volunteers may not pair off (be alone or exclusive) with others who are potential romantic interests.
  5. ILP volunteers should remain politically neutral in their conversations as well as their activities.
  6. Volunteers may not miss teaching for any reason other than illness.
  7. Volunteers may not allow teaching to be filmed, recorded, or copied in any way without the written consent of the Program Directors. This includes giving copies of the book, teaching episode manuals, and any other pages of material.
  8. ILP volunteers must have travel plans (outside of the city) approved by the Head Teacher and Regional Coordinator. Information necessary for approval: location, traveling companions, means of transportation, contact information in case of an emergency, and return time to school.
  9. ILP volunteers must follow all travel advisories and warnings issued by the U.S. government. (You may obtain a list of these advisories by calling the U.S. embassy.)
  10. ILP volunteers may not receive compensation for services rendered in or out of the schools (i.e. teaching English to outside groups, accepting full or part-time jobs, etc.)
  11. ILP volunteers must refrain from making any sort of religious proselytizing or solicitation, and from distributing literature that could be construed as having religious content (where such actions are forbidden by law or by ILP Head Teachers or Coordinators.)
  12. ILP volunteers agree to follow all reasonable curfews and/or rules given by the Head Teacher and/or Advisor(s).
  13. ILP volunteers must live with common courtesy, respect of property, and maintain a personal commitment to conduct life in a responsible, professional, and mature demeanor in and out of the school.

If there are violations of the Rules or Code of Conduct, Head Teachers and Regional Coordinators will work with those concerned to arrive at a solution. In rare situations, if deemed appropriate, the ILP Directors and Board of Trustees may dismiss a teacher for violation of rules or code of conduct. Head Teachers and Regional Coordinators are required to report any violation or suspicion of violation of the rules to ILP Directors. We also ask that any volunteers e-mail the ILP office if they have concerns regarding their Head Teacher’s conduct in relation to the rules and code of conduct. All e-mail of this nature will be kept completely confidential unless permission is given otherwise from the volunteer.

Note that Ukraine and Lithuania are currently on pause. Feel free to include a note below if you're interested in those countries and we will reach out if things open up for your semester.

Please note that head teachers for the Romania (Orphanage program) and Uganda are responsible to fund raise $1,500.

Head teachers for the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, India, Vanuatu and Nicaragua programs are responsible to fund raise $1,000. 

No additional fund raising is required for all other programs.