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Lost at Sea

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Marshall Islands, News & Highlights, Uncategorized

The Marshallese word “Yokwe” has multiple meanings and contexts. It is a greeting, a noun, and a verb, all the same. On a wooden sign to the side of the James C. de Brueys – WorldTeach Memorial Basketball Court on the Bikarej atoll in Arno, Marshall Islands, it means “to bid farewell”. On November 26, 2010, locals Baby Kaiko and her unborn child, Kiotak Jorsam, Anwel Ninne, and WorldTeach volunteer, James Clifton de Brueys were lost at sea as they attempted a short journey from Bikarej to Maduro. James was approaching his 23rd birthday at the time and had become a welcome member of the approximate 200 member Arno community. After his death, his family created the James de Brueys…

The Seeds You Sow

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Marshall Islands, News & Highlights

Written by Bethany Fisher (current WorldTeach Marshall Islands volunteer) The island of Wotje is known for having good soil to grow a multiplicity of crops. However, since the El Nino draught of 2016, the extreme heat and lack of rain that swept through the RMI dried up most of the gardens on Wotje. Despite this setback, a group of students from Northern Islands High School on Wotje have succeeded in growing some vegetables this year. As a new school project for the grade 9 and Pre-9 students, they have been learning how to grow a garden. English and Agriculture classes have found a happy blend this year for the NIHS freshman students. Our freshman English class of 81 students started…

Sights without Sounds

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Marshall Islands, News & Highlights

Written by Cari Deschak, RMI ’15 One innocuous half-wall of a Washington DC gallery holds a ringed twist of scrap metal. That description could include many art pieces at their most elemental, especially here along the cutting edge of modern artistic license, but this one must have been magnetic. It shot me a pulse of unexpected familiarity. My sister appraised me as I stood in the gallery’s center jabbing my finger at it, words having yet to escape my open mouth. “That’s it!” I finally managed, exclamation point voiced by re-throwing my fully-outstretched arm. “What’s it?” “I mean I’ve tried to describe … I can’t believe it’s perfect the … can’t be an accident, that’s it!” I was awarded a…

It’s Always a Good Time to Begin

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Colombia, Ecuador, Micronesia, News & Highlights

Below you’ll find the story of Mary Nolan, one of our more experienced WorldTeach volunteer teachers. She recently began her third year and different country placement with WorldTeach. Mary serves as an inspiration to all of us as she continues to travel the world on her journey to global citizenship and understanding. Below is a glimpse into her story….. Having lived in Ireland all my life, in 2013, I decided it was time to see some more of the world. In that year I applied to WorldTeach to take part in one of their volunteer teaching programs and went to the island of Pohnpei in Micronesia. During that year – July 2013 to May 2014 – I taught computer applications…

The Importance of Choice

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Marshall Islands, News & Highlights

The Importance of Choice by Christian Colo (RMI ’16) It’s another Monday morning as I wake up to the sound of lagoon waves lapping against the shore mere feet from my house. I look out my doorway towards the cookhouse and see smoke rising: breakfast time. Mama is hard at work as she flips hot pancakes off the coconut husk fire that she has been tending all morning. She already has a steaming stack waiting for me with a boiled fish caught just the night before. Within a few minutes, I am walking past breadfruit, banana, and coconut trees as I make my daily commute along the dirt path that leads to the school. As I unlock the door and…

A Love Story to the RMI

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Marshall Islands, News & Highlights

A Love Song to the RMI I hum softly as you drift off in my arms. I watch as Mary breaks off from her twittering friends and wanders through the party in our direction. She doesn’t bother to make eye contact when she speaks; we gaze off at the same middle-distance, unmindful of the festivities. That is your baby? No. Whose baby? He is Likto’s baby. There is a pause in the conversation while Mary mulls over this apparently new information and I wonder how anything is ever news on this little island. You gurgle softly. Your mother is Wijlang? Yes. Likto mother is Wijlang. Yes. Likto is your sister. That is your baby. The tone of finality in Mary’s…

Toe Tasi (Just One More)

Posted by Nolan Sutker in American Samoa, News & Highlights, Uncategorized

Siva Siva Mai I‘m standing over the stove when I hear the music start to play. The bass carrying over the village kicks starts my rusty math skills; if I finish the pasta and sauce that will take 15 minutes, and its 7:15 right now, but if I go right now and they are setting up then I’ll wait around for 45 minutes, but if it’s starting right now and I don’t go until 8, I’ll probably miss half. I go to the window looking for any signs of life, or lack of life, in my neighbor’s house. I decide to finish cooking the pasta, but not to make the sauce; if I’m early than I can offer to help,…

Breaking Stereotypes

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Marshall Islands, News & Highlights

Submitted by WorldTeach Volunteer Teacher, Lauren Hostovsky Albert’s Story  As some of you might already know, two-thirds of the people in the Marshall Islands live on less than $1 a day. Job opportunities in Ebeye are limited due to overpopulation on this tiny island. This has made it more difficult for people with disabilities to get a job, however Albert is breaking the stereotype. It’s been two months already since he got a part time job at Triple J (supermarket) in Ebeye. As far as I know, he is the first Deaf man to have a job in Ebeye. Albert has shown everyone that being deaf doesn’t stop him from working and making a living. I would like to give…

Bangladesu: Encountering Japan Anew in South Asia

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Bangladesh, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Bangladesh Volunteer Mark Flanigan As a JET alumnus, I look back fondly on the four years I spent living and teaching in Nagasaki Prefecture. Serving on JET was, quite literally, one of those “life-changing” experiences, as it confirmed my career path in the direction of public service and global education. In the 15 years or so since my time in Nagasaki, I have been lucky to have had international roles in the U.S. government, in higher education, and at a private, Japan-focused non-profit foundation. I was even fortunate enough to return to Japan a second time, to earn my MA in Peace Studies in 2012 through the Rotary Peace Center at International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo. Later, I…

Weeding the Seeds of Cultural Understanding

Posted by Nolan Sutker in American Samoa, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach American Samoa Volunteer Anna Bauder There are only 3 “rules” in my classroom: Respect Yourself, Respect Others, and Respect your Environment. These are the only 3 rules in my classroom because those are the main 3 rules of life and encompass all other rules. Try your hardest = Respect Yourself Don’t curse = Respect Others (or yourself) Don’t litter = Respect your Environment.   However, Environment extends past location (Manu’a High School, Faleasao, Ta’u, Manu’a, American Samoa, Pacific Ocean, Southwestern hemisphere); it goes beyond weather (so warm and SO humid); it covers more than geography (perpetual ocean soundtrack with rugged backdrop). Environment travels into the expansive realm of culture and connecting with people. After living in a different…