Become a World Explorer
Whether you have German ancestry, are learning German or just can’t get your fill of wiener schnitzel, World Explorers will send you on the adventure of a lifetime teaching English in Germany. Germany is not just the geographical center of Europe: it is also the political and economic center. One of the most developed countries in the world, Germany is home to much more than Oktoberfest, Berlin-style ping-ping and lederhosen. It’s landscape is made up of the beautiful North German Plains, the Central German Uplands and the Southern German Highlands. Germany's major rivers are the Danube, the Elbe, the Oder, the Weser, and the Rhine.
As a World Explorer in Germany, you will get the chance to truly experience the German way of life while living with a host family. Your number one priority is to spend quality time with your hosts, and to practice English with them for 15 hours per week. You will play an important role in the household by contributing to everyday life. Your goal will be to help your hosts gain confidence speaking English with you, and ideally you will also want practice speaking German with them. CHI will provide you with teaching materials and conversation aides to get the lessons started. You do not need to be a certified teacher to apply!
CHI works with a trusted overseas partner agency in Heilbronn, Germany. Placements may be available in other areas as well. It really depends on which families we have available at the time you apply. Please note that placements may be outside of major cities where families live in bigger homes that can accommodate an extended guest.
This program is ideal for German language learners. This program actually gives you the chance to put your studies to use through daily conversation with the locals. Immersing yourself into the German culture is the best way to become fluent in German. You can also attend German classes for an additional cost. Your local coordinator can help you find a German language school near your location.
Your program is truly what you make of it. Throughout your stay, you will have a local coordinator that can help you find things to do in your free time. When you are not teaching English to your host family, you can enroll in a German class, go to a museum or ride your bike around town. Past participants have volunteered to help out in an English class at a local high school.
Germans place a high priority on structure, privacy and punctuality. The German people embrace the values of thriftiness, hard work and industriousness and there is great emphasis on making sure that "the trains run on time.” Germans love rich, hearty cuisine, though each area of Germany has its own definition of what a traditional meal looks like. They don’t usually admit faults, (even jokingly), and they rarely hand out compliments. At first their attitude may seem unfriendly, but there is a keen sense of community and social consciousness that underlie this unique cultural characteristic.
Yes! During your program, you will be able to travel to other areas of the country. Find out why Berlin is the one of the coolest cities in Europe or let yourself get lost in the Black Forest! Due to its central location in Europe, you can even visit other countries before or after your World Explorers homestay. Several cheap airlines operate out of Germany. Please be aware of the visa regulations that pertain to you before you make extra travel plans.
In Germany, we offer exciting work and volunteer opportunities in addition to our home tutor option. These more structured programs require more time and responsibility. You can still live with a host family while doing an internship or work program in Germany. These positions are typically unpaid, but they may offer some pocket money for your services.
These opportunities include:
WE calculated the price for two scenarios. The first scenario considers your choices above. The second scenario is the scenario that offers the best value. We also compared our prices with two other options. A hostel-stay with 3 meals per day and a hotel-stay with 3 meals per day. For the hotel-stay, we considered 1-2 star hotels because we learned from past World Explorers that most of them are traveling on a budget. However, a home-stay (staying with a host family) is substantially better than a 2-star hotel-stay when all amenities, comfort, and support are considered. Aside from that, you will be staying with people who care about you, who will be sharing their culture with you, and who will embrace you as part of their family. These, as part of your life-changing experience, are priceless!
You will be traveling abroad on a tourist visa; hence, in most countries, you can only stay up to 90 days. We understand you might want to stay longer and we designed the World Explorers program to meet your desire. Instead of staying over 90 days in a country, we allow you, the World Explorer, to participate on a second adventure on a different country. And that is not all. You can actually participate as many times as you would like (some exclusions apply). Please contact a World Explorers customer care specialist for more information.
My advice for current or future volunteers is become as involved as possible in the community they stay in. For example, I volunteered at a kindergarten for two days since I want to work with children, attended my host sister's classes and school events, I grew up visiting churches so I visited churches, I visited a private university to learn about their Social Work program, and gave a presentation as well as helped with a orientation for a German student who was gonna travel abroad. I also met a couple au pairs staying in the same city as I. So with all that said, my suggestion is become involved in things you can relate to your experiences at home or the field.Alan A. - World Explorer in Germany, July 2014
World Explorers was more informal than I thought it would be originally. I liked it because it allowed more flexibility and freedom. My host family was very warm and accepting, and I feel that it was a good match. In my free time, I played with the children, spent time with the family’s friends my age, and took the train to neighboring cities.Emma M. - World Explorer in Germany, December 2014