Spotlights

 

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: January 2017

Meet Stephanie McCutcheon!

WorldTeach Marshall Islands ’10

Something special happens when living with a host family. It is an invaluable experience that no amount of world travel can replace.
- Stephanie McCutcheon

Cross-Cultural Interactions

Stephanie’s placement in the Marshall Islands resided near a US Army installation: The Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site. With the help of American fire fighters, the Marshallese faculty and principal, volunteer parents, and special permission from the Colonel a visit to the Fire Station on base was organized for 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders on Enniburr Island. Students tried on gear, ran the siren from the front seat of the truck, gave orders over the speaker, shot water from a hose, asked about what it would take to become a fire fighter, were taught about other jobs available on base, and learned about educational opportunities in their home country beyond 8th grade (highest level available on island), as well as educational opportunities available through the Compact of Free Association with the United States.

Where Is She Now?

Stephanie is completing her Ph.D. in Education at Kansas State University. Her dissertation is based on her experience in the Marshall Islands and the relationship she has maintained with one student who has since moved to the US to attend high school. She is studying student and national identity development in transnational spaces.

Fun Fact

Stephanie helped to deliver her host mother’s baby.

Meet Robert Myres

December 2016 Spotlight | WorldTeach Namibia ’03

A strong basic education is the most effective way of mitigating the effects of poverty.
- Robert Myres

An Epic Road Trip

photo16bThe 2003 WorldTeach Namibia group took a world class road trip the length of the country, ending at the Angola border. Volunteers each originated at their respective villages and met at various points along the way. They traveled hard, camping along the way, and finally set up their group campsite on a hill overlooking Epupa Falls. They visited all of the next day and then re-traced their routes back home in time for school. It was epic.

Where Is He Now?

Robert divides his time between Victor, ID and Columbus, OH and works in technology. He oversees Mondesa Youth Opportunities as Board Chairperson. They are now finishing their 13th year of operation and provide intensive academic and life-skills education to 150 children every day. MYO is a direct outcome of his time in Namibia as a volunteer teacher and is now widely regarded as the premier youth development program in Namibia.

Fun Fact

Robert published a book about his year in Namibia called “Silicon Valley to Southern Africa.”

Meet Dario Zarrabian!

October 2016 Spotlight | WorldTeach Micronesia ’16

Micronesia provided the perfect balance of professional development in education as well as adventures and fun, which really made my summer an incredible experience.
- Elizabeth Paiva

“Good luck!”img_2504

Halfway through his summer program, the leader of the school asked Dario and his co-volunteers if they wanted to go on a hike to Sokehs Rock, which has a view of the entire island. The volunteers asked some of the students how the hike and the view were, but they only got smiles and little chuckles before everyone would reply, “Good luck.” Once Dario and company began the hike, they quickly realized the origin of the laughs: the hike was very difficult and involved climbing rocks, using ropes to climb, and holding onto a somewhat loose pipe. However, even though the climb seemed really scary, they made it to the top and saw an incredibly rewarding and beautiful view, which made the trip much worth it.

Where Is He Now?

Dario is back at school in the United States, and he is beginning his sophomore year at Harvard. He is continuing to tutor high school students, and he is considering to go into education at the secondary school level when he is done with his own education.

Fun Fact

Dario lived in Mark Zuckerberg’s freshman dorm room.