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Teaching and Learning

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Colombia, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Colombia Volunteer Martina Boyter   I suppose it’s time I share a bit about a major part of my day-to-day and the reason I’m here… teaching! I teach English at Institución Educativa Antonia Santos, a public colegio (high school). Antonia Santos also has a primary school, but I only work with the upper grades, sixth through eleventh. My heaviest focus is on ninth and tenth grade, but I get to work with other grades as well, either in class or through my English club! It’s common in Colombia for schools to have two jornadas, or schedules, per day. A solution to overcrowding. What does a two-jornada school look like? The mornings and afternoons are completely separate – same school,…

Cold Cat

Posted by Nolan Sutker in American Samoa, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach American Samoa Volunteer Christiana Galeai The first couple of months were horrendous, the most challenging job yet. Being a full time college student with two part time jobs was looking like chocolate cake compared to seventh grade. It was horrible. Not because of the place, culture, or students. I love my students, I love my school, and I love American Samoa. The elementary I am assigned to sits by soothing waves of the Pacific. Hues of blues and green lavish the eyes with inspiration that travel from deep within the soul to far beyond the horizon. Pulling into the gravel parking lot, I enter an old, new world. A thick wooden door chipped with red paint hides a…

A Part of Something Greater

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador, News & Highlights

By Worldteach Ecuador volunteer Lindsay Mahaney, 2016 Arguably the best place to get a doughnut in Quito is a little bakery called Skull Doughnuts. The very first time I went was during my first week in Ecuador. You’re met with the scent of fresh pastries when you walk through the door. There’s a counter to you’re right with a wall of chocolate, sprinkled, creamed and glazed treats behind it. A sweet, tiny woman greets you with a pleasant smile and friendly chatter, as you get to survey the cornucopia of deep fried doughy goodness. After careful consideration, and a lot of gesturing, I managed to convey my desire for a doughnut with chocolate frosting on this first occasion at Skull. Some things…

Halfway There

Posted by Nolan Sutker in American Samoa, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach American Samoa volunteer Marcela Trocha, 2016 When I arrived in American Samoa on August 7th, 2016, I had no expectations for my experience as a high school science teacher at Tafuna High School or as a resident of the new country, and I didn’t comprehend how quickly the time would pass. The halfway mark of my time here has officially come and gone, and time is speeding up more than ever. The things I’ve learned in the past 5 months have been invaluable. I have developed as a leader, both in the classroom and outside of the classroom. I have grown to adapt to foreign conditions more than ever before. I have studied an unfamiliar culture and analyzed…

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…