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We are Tied to the Ocean

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Micronesia, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Micronesia volunteer Monica Krebs, 2015 When I signed up to be a WorldTeach volunteer on the tiny island of Weno in Chuuk, Micronesia, I knew I was going to be spending ten months living and teaching in a very isolated region of the globe. But it wasn’t until I watched the small green islands materialize out of the endless blue we’d been flying through for hours that I began to realize just what it meant to be moving to a place that, when zoomed out in Google Maps, appears to be just ocean. Home to the international airport, the state hospital, and two dive resorts, Weno is Chuuk’s most developed island. Even so, life there is much quieter…

Dear Ecuador

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Ecuador volunteer Morgan Thornberry, 2016 Dear Ecuador, I have just spent the last 316 days exploring your mountains, swimming in your waterfalls, hiking your jungles, teaching your preschoolers and learning from your youth as a WorldTeach volunteer. My mom has always said that when something touches your life, you should send that person a thank you note. So, here, dear Ecuador, is my thank you note. Thank you to you, and WorldTeach, for connecting me with wonderful people from all other the world. My cohort included volunteers  from Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, and from both of America’s coasts. They constantly pushed me to become the best version of myself both in the classroom and outside of it. Once…

My Year in Perpetual Motion

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Bangladesh, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Bangladesh volunteer Quidsia Ishaq, 2016 From the moment I arrived in Chittagong, Bangladesh to the time I was leaving a year later, I felt as though my life was in perpetual motion. From the overwhelmingly crowded and busy streets of the city to life as a WorldTeach volunteer at the Asian University for Women, nothing was static. I arrived at AUW thinking I was going to be a Public Health Teaching Assistant and part time English TA; however, on arrival I discovered that AUW required the WorldTeach Volunteers to work on their pilot project, Pathways for Promise, which required teaching English full-time to young women who had mostly not been in school for a while as they had been…

Big Bugs, Big Adventures

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Ecuador volunteer Lauren Fosnight, 2015 I am a self-confessed over-planner. In high school, I used to make lists of my lists. There’s no shame in planning. In fact, being a natural planner is kind of like having a low-key super power. You can often predict what is going to happen, and when someone in your group project has forgotten the markers, you come to the rescue with two boxes in your over-packed bag, which prompts an average of 1.5 Mary Poppins references per day. Before coming to Ecuador, both the pre-departure preparation materials for my program and the TEFL module I had to complete warned about the dangers of rigid over-planning, especially when teaching in an environment with limited resources. I…

Contrasting, Beautiful Namibia

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Namibia, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Namibia volunteer Abigail Hahn, 2015 “Contrasting, beautiful Namibia.” This phrase is from the national anthem of the Republic of Namibia, where I lived for the last year. During my time in Namibia I found this to be one of the most apt descriptions of my life abroad and my beloved new home. One of the ways Namibia embodies this phrase is through its extremely varied landscapes and range of climates. While in Namibia I was lucky enough to travel through much of this spectacular country and experience this variety. I climbed the largest sand dunes in the world in Sossusvlei and Swakopmund, felt the ocean spray of the Skeleton Coast, befriended cheetahs at The Cheetah Conservation Fund, and…

What Had I Gotten Myself Into?

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Marshall Islands, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Marshall Islands volunteer Smitty McGowan, 2015 The tiny boat rocked up and down the gargantuan waves, tossed around like a child playing with toys. While the boat seemed to be no match for the ocean, it appeared that we had formed some kind of a symbiotic relationship. Poseidon allowed us to live as long as we filled that void of space. If we did our job and did not disturb him too much, our boat continued to rise up to the peaks and race back down to the valleys. An unstable relationship, the simplest mistake could send us toppling. What had I gotten myself into? There I was, sitting on the bow of the boat. My spirits were…

Slowing Down in Colombia

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Colombia, News & Highlights

Hola! My name is Joe Caraway and I am a 2016 WorldTeach volunteer in Colombia at the Universidad Minuto de Dios. I really enjoy teaching, and I cherished the chance to practice both my teaching and Spanish skills. While I was a little nervous about coming to Colombia, I was excited to get to know the people and culture I had been hearing amazing things about. I was out of my comfort zone, but I couldn’t have been happier while trying to communicate with the locals or finding my way around Bogotá. It took a while to get accustomed to the calm, easy-going life that Colombians lived, but once I did, my social and work life became much easier. I…

The Great Move Abroad

Posted by Nolan Sutker in China, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach China volunteer Anahita Kumar, 2016 Moving abroad for a year is a solid commitment, and grand changes to your life will surely follow. Not to overwhelm the reader, but it’s probably going to be a real large-scale, cross-cultural, border-hopping and unpredictable adventure, probably moving at a breakneck speed but always leaving you feeling great. Before my great big journey to China I was still wrapping up work commitments until the last day, and so, as I found myself the only waigouren on the China Southern flight from Bangkok to Changsha I felt utterly unprepared to dive into this adventure. Nobody spoke English and everybody stared. I stumbled about trying to get myself a coffee and felt like the…

Unique Moments I Will Never Forget

Posted by Nolan Sutker in News & Highlights, Poland

By WorldTeach Poland volunteer Caitlin Wilkinson, 2015 Hello! My name is Caitlin and I spent the summer of 2015 teaching English in Poland! I have always wanted to be a teacher and teaching for a summer in Poland was such a unique opportunity. It was a culture and a language unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I lived in a small town outside of Krakow of about 5,000 people. I walked a mile to school and back almost every day. The community was welcoming and my host families made an effort to get to know me while we had fun trying to teach each other our languages. While my entire experience was unforgettable, there are a few unique moments I will…

Moto Rides, Birthdays, and Kites

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Colombia, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Colombia volunteer Allison Kielhold, 2016 This Friday it poured in Cartagena and since then the weather has been amazing. It is the first time since July that I have not felt hot. I even turned one of my fans off last night 🙂 The word frío has been batted around which I feel is pretty generous…I don’t think cold exists here. However the weather has been quite enjoyable and I hope this kind of thing happens more often! I also visited Volcán Totumo with my coworker John who happens to have a motorcycle.  I had always thought I wanted to learn to drive a moto and one day have my own. However, after 40 something minutes driving to the volcano my behind was…