The posts available vary each year depending on our partners’ needs and opportunities in the region. Not all of the posts listed may be available, and new posts may be added as we receive updates from our partners.
VIA’s first group of volunteers traveled to Hong Kong in 1963. In 1980, VIA became one of the first foreign organizations to send American teachers to mainland China after 1949. Fellowship placements in China evolved to combine English-teaching with work at grassroots NGOs focused on community development, health, and education. Most posts were discontinued after 2016, but we are returning to Hong Kong next year.
In 2018, VIA celebrates 50 years of collaboration and connections in Indonesia. Our current long-term program includes posts at environmental and community development NGOs, as well as English-teaching positions at universities. Fellows work to improve the English skills of local NGO staff, design and implement community training modules, act as liaisons between staff and international funders, translate project reports, and conduct research.
- Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Yogyakarta
- Alma Ata University, Yogyakarta
- Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta
- Jember University, Jember
Myanmar is in the throes of rapid change, and our Myanmar fellows have the extraordinary opportunity to witness this transformation first-hand. As the political landscape shifts, educational access has never been more important – offering dynamic teaching opportunities at innovative institutions, including a bustling monastery school in Mandalay, a vocational school in the middle of the famous Inle Lake, and several rigorous English-language programs in the country’s lively capital of Yangon.
VIA’s post in Thailand is in Chiang Mai, where many migrants and refugees from Myanmar have settled. Fellows teach English to Burmese migrant students and design curriculum to meet students’ needs in a rapidly changing region.
VIA began sending volunteers to Vietnam in the early 1960s but paused its program during the Vietnam war. In 1990, five years prior to the resumption of formal relations between the governments of Vietnam and the U.S., VIA was invited to resume sending fellows.