These twelve inspirational quotes for teachers (shown below) should inspire you to give back to your community.

Giving back can mean different things to different people. It can come in the form of giving time, resources, and donations to their families, friends, schools, charitable organisations, and communities. To others, it is a sense of appreciation for everything others did for them and wanting to do the same for someone else as much as everyone did for them.

What does giving back to your community mean?

Generally, giving back is investing time and resources to help people. It can be as little as helping someone cross the street or providing a shoulder to lean on to someone hurting. Regardless of how much you can do, one thing is sure; the world is a better place when we all give back to society.

Many of us have contributed to charities and donated money to them. It just feels great to help others, especially children, through volunteer TEFL or TESOL work. Volunteer work teaching English to children in less favourable backgrounds is essential because it gives back to the community.

Sometimes you don’t have to go too far. There are community colleges where free ESL classes help immigrants in your country. Build up your TEFL and TESOL work experience with these volunteer work projects.

When you apply for your TEFL or TESOL job, employers give a lot of importance to these volunteer TEFL and TESOL jobs. As a result, you give back to society and help yourself get to a stage of high employability in your TEFL career.

Twelve inspirational quotes for teachers from some great people

Our special thanks to Marie Slater, the author of these excellent graphics blocks. Please note that some of these quotes were written before the gender awareness age; however, the essence of the message is still applicable today.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa and political activist – July 1918 to 5 December 2013

Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education

“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

Martin Luther King Jr., clergyman, activist and leader of the American civil rights movement – January 1929 to April 1968

Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world

“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.”

Maria Montessori, Italian physician and educator – August 1870 to May 1952

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts

“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.”

C.S. Lewis, novelist, poet, literary critic, essayist and Christian apologist – November 1898 to November 1963

What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child that must the community want for all its children

“What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child that must the community want for all its children.”

John Dewey, U.S. philosopher and educator – October 1859 to June 1952

Try not to have a good time ... this is supposed to be educational

“Try not to have a good time … this is supposed to be educational.”

Charles M. Schulz, cartoonist – November 1922 to February 2000

Wisdom begins with wonder

“Wisdom begins with wonder.”

Socrates, Greek philosopher – 470 to 399 BC

For children, play is as natural as breathing - and as necessary

“For children, play is as natural as breathing – and as necessary.”

Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld, U.S. early childhood educator and author – as of March 8, 2022, Mimi is still teaching after 62 years – even more inspirational!

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”

Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company – July 1863 to April 1947

Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”

John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States – May 1917 to November 1963

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

Frederick Douglass, American social reformer, writer and statesman – February 1817 to February 1895

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”

Henry Adams, American journalist, historian and novelist – February 1838 to March 1918