Summer / Where We Work / Iraq

Iraq is full of stunning places and hospitable people


Known in the ancient world as Mesopotamia, present day Iraq in the Middle East was considered one of the cradles of human civilization and a world center of its time. Bordered by the countries of Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iran, Iraq has 36 miles of coastline on the Persian Gulf. In this program, participants will engage in teaching high school and university students who are Kurdish.



You and your team will travel to the Kurdistan region of Iraq where you will run an English language-learning program, either for children ages 5-15 or for adults ages 16+.  Iraqi Kurdistan is an ethnically and culturally diverse region that includes Kurds, Arabs, Yazidis, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Muslims, and Orthodox Christians.  Through these English programs, you will have the opportunity to help expand our reputation as a professional teaching organization, serve students through English classes, and expand the team’s footprint in the community.


June 23 – July 25
Orientation & Debrief will take place in Istanbul, Turkey.

Iraq TDP:
June 29 – July 21/June 29 – July 29
Orientation & Debrief will take place in Duhok, Iraq.

What's Included

  • Food and housing
  • Sightseeing opportunities
  • Medical and evacuation coverage
  • Orientation, training, and debriefing
  • Visa and document processing
  • Support development materials
  • Donor receipting
  • Teaching curriculum
  • Screening and team placement
  • Contracts with individual host schools
  • And more!


At ELIC, we don’t want you to ever feel like you’re raising support on your own. We provide a wide range of resources to ensure you feel fully supported and well informed throughout the process. Some of those resources include:

  • A dedicated Candidate Advisor to walk through the support raising process with you
  • A Support Raising Guide, specifically written by our staff for short term service overseas
  • Access to a support letter generator
  • Access to support letter examples
  • Access to an online donation tracking system that shows you how much you’ve raised, who’s donated to you and their contact information
  • Access to an online platform that hosts a variety of helpful documents, articles and book suggestions
  • A discounted rate to Provisio Fundraising Solutions – a third party financial support raising product
  • Printed donor cards, business reply envelopes and stamps to get you started