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Celebration of the International Day of People with Disability in the RMI

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Marshall Islands

WorldTeach volunteer Anna O’Brien (a second year volunteer at the Majuro Deaf Education Center in the Marshall Islands) is a proud teacher of 12th grader, Talianna Peter, a student at the Majuro Deaf Education Center. Last week, Talianna was asked to give a special speech at the opening ceremony in celebration of the International Day of People with Disability. Aligned with the theme for this year’s IDPD is “Transformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Society for All”. According to IDPD, the 2030 agenda pledges to “leave no one behind”. When growing up, Talianna saw distinguishing differences living in two countries: Hawaii and the Marshall Islands. Her interest was piqued when she quickly noticed that deaf people in the Marshall Islands were…

Being Grateful Abroad

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador

Written by Sydney Thompson (current WorldTeach Ecuador volunteer) Hola readers, ¿cómo están? I’ve now been here for a little over two months! I still feel surprised every morning when I realize that I’m in Quito, Ecuador. Every day brings new challenges, opportunities, and experiences (both good and bad). Sometimes I don’t feel like I’m flowing like water — I feel like I’m flowing like sludge.  I’ve had moments where I asked myself what the heck I’m doing here. When the washer machine is too hard on my clothes, when the weather is hot and cold like the Katy Perry song, when I feel alone here, I wonder. Being grateful is something I have to practice every day. I have to…

Fast Times at Ban Phaeng High

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Thailand

Written by Samantha Harper (current WorldTeach Thailand volunteer) When I came to Thailand through WorldTeach, my biggest fear was that I would be lonely. I imagined myself in a village where I would be unable to communicate with the inhabitants. My students would be too young to be my friends, and my co-teachers would likely be too old. I knew (hoped) that the experience would be challenging and fulfilling, but I also supposed that I would make weekend escapes to Bali and Hanoi, and submit to the travel bug whenever the pace of my village was too isolating or slow. In actuality, I am struck by the irony of the fact that the only real trial I’ve encountered has been…

“Not My Country”

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador, Uncategorized

Written by Amanda Canny (current WT Ecuador volunteer) I have been dating a man from Trinidad and Tobago for over four years. Although he has lived in the U.S. for six years, he occasionally uses a phrase that once upon a time confused me.  “Not my country,” he would say, and I would wonder, What is that supposed to mean? That is, until I caught myself saying the same thing. Fast forward to July 2017 – here I am in Quito, Ecuador, video chatting with my boyfriend, laughing about how I think I’ve found my own understanding of his saying, “Not my country” all of these years.  Before I experienced living in a different country, I, a U.S. citizen, had…

Comfort in the Quiet

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Uncategorized

Written by Erin Carden (current WorldTeach Thailand volunteer) Today marks 22 weeks that I’ve lived in Thailand. Despite the fact that I’ve lived here for almost half a year now I still sometimes have the urge to pinch myself “awake.” So much of my life here still feels like a dream because of the fact that it’s so completely different from the life I had before. And I don’t think this will change. I think I’m going to move back home to NYC and look back on my time in Thailand as some sort of surreal dream that I didn’t wake up from for several months. Living alone in rural Thailand has given me a different temperament, a new disposition,…

New Semester Perspective

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Thailand, Uncategorized

Written by Will Jobs (current WorldTeach Thailand volunteer).  To learn more, check out the awesome videos that Will has put together of his time in Thailand. The sun is just barely rising outside the bus windows as I start this post. I’m on the back of a cross-country bus in Thailand, traveling from Bangkok back to my teaching site in northern Thailand. Nine months ago I would never have believed how comfortable I would be with all of this. As a WorldTeach volunteer in Thailand, I have been living, teaching, and learning for the better part of a year in That Phanom, a small, rural town in Nakhon Phanom province, within the Isaan region (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isan). Each week I teach English to…

In Memory

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…