Year 1 Teaching
What is the Teach For Pakistan Fellowship?
A two-year, full-time opportunity for university graduates and young professionals from diverse fields to teach in low-income schools and develop their own leadership capabilities.
Why is the Fellowship a full-time, two year commitment? Can I just teach as a volunteer, part-time or for one year instead?
The two-year commitment is necessary for this experience to have a life-altering impact on students and Fellows alike. Achieving the ambitious outcomes we want for children in low-income communities requires Fellows' tireless efforts for at least two years. These foundational years are also critical for Fellows to develop a deep understanding of the challenges and assets in their placement communities, and grow their own leadership abilities so that they can work effectively towards system reform in the long-term.
If you would like to be a Teach For Pakistan volunteer, write to us at .
Do I get paid during the Fellowship?
Yes, the Fellowship is a paid position.
How will the Fellowship better equip me for graduate school or future employment opportunities?
The Fellowship is an opportunity to develop leadership skills and professional skills, including management, communication, planning, data analysis, organizing, self-motivation and collaboration with people across lines of difference. These are all skills that are highly transferable from teaching to other fields such as policy, business, management, and journalism etc. That is what makes this two year experience compatible with the pursuit of a broad range of personal and professional goals, and why graduate schools, employers and scholarship schemes across the world recognize and value the Teach For brand. Throughout the two years, Fellows will also be provided with networking and mentoring opportunities for career development.
How many people have done the Fellowship before?
117 Alumni have completed the Fellowship so far. Our Alumni have continued to pursue our shared vision, rewriting government school textbooks, training thousands of teachers, turning around struggling schools, innovating through ed-tech and mobilizing resources for education development. They exert the leadership skills they developed through the Fellowship in their work across public, private and non-profit sectors.
What kind of training and ongoing support will you provide for Fellows?
Fellows will receive:
Intensive, six-week, pre-placement training focusing on pedagogical skills, leadership, community mobilization.
On-going support during the Fellowship, including monthly lesson observations and one-on-one coaching conversations to help you meet your goals for your classroom, school/community and your own growth
Monthly day-long training sessions based on needs jointly identified by Fellows and their coaches
Mentoring through a network of expert teachers
Connections with teachers across the world through participation in Teach For All virtual and/or in-person events.
How is Teach For Pakistan connected to Teach For All?
Teach For Pakistan is an independent, locally governed entity. We are incorporated with the SECP as a Section 42, non-profit company. We are a partner in the Teach For All global network of 59 similar, independent national organizations. Teach For All provides all its partners with technical support, and a platform to share knowledge, learning and experience.
What are the eligibility requirements for the Fellowship?
We encourage individuals from all academic and professional backgrounds to apply. Our requirements include:
Minimum 16 years of education completed by June 2021.
At least a Bachelors degree from an accredited university, completed by June 2021.
Pakistani citizenship or a valid National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) or Pakistan Origin Card (POC).
Fluency in English and Urdu.
Successful completion of the pre-placement Training Institute in July and August 2021.
Two-year commitment to the Fellowship with placement in Islamabad.
What kind of schools will I be placed in as a Fellow?
Fellows are placed in government and non-profit schools serving children from low-income communities in and around Islamabad.
Still have questions? Write to us at
A 5-month recruitment drive to encourage top candidates to apply to the Fellowship
Selected Fellows are matched to a partner school
The classroom experience changes you. Forever.
As soon as you step into the classroom, you become the leader and hero of your students. They look up to you for everything and that’s when you realise the responsibility of what you have signed up for. In retrospect, you always realise that despite all your efforts you are the one who learnt the most during the Fellowship – your
students end up teaching you.