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Ecuador’s Toro-Bol: Terrific or Terrible?

Posted by Heather Tang in Ecuador

Do you think you have what it takes to compete in Ecuadorian soccer? What if someone brought a bull onto the field? Keep reading to experience “toro-bol” with WorldTeach Ecuador volunteer Amanda McCarther!     Yesterday was one of those days when Ecuador smacked me square between the eyes. Here I was finally starting to think, “Yeah, I got you, Ecuador” and then smuh-ACK! I was blindsided right outta left field.   After living anywhere for long enough, you adjust. All of the differences and strange little idiosyncrasies that just seemed so weird at the beginning become just another part of the daily grind. But then, just when you’ve fallen into a happy little routine, you come face to face…

Feed the Manatees with WorldTeach Guyana

Posted by Heather Tang in Guyana

Thinking of becoming a volunteer teacher? Read Guyana Field Director Alicia’s passionate list of her eleven favorite things about the country (so far), and start considering Guyana!   Three months ago when I accepted the position of Field Director for the WorldTeach Guyana program, I had absolutely no idea what I was in for. Well, after just about a week here I am thrilled I decided to come. While I am no country expert (yet), I have compiled a list of reasons why YOU should consider Guyana for your volunteer adventure. It is not the first country that comes to mind when people consider volunteering, but I am starting to believe it should be.   This tiny and minimally populated…

Living Deep in Coffee Country

Posted by Heather Tang in Costa Rica

See Grace Carroll’s transition from a student in the libraries of Notre Dame to a teacher amidst the rural coffee fields of La Esperanza, Costa Rica in only one week!   The looks of confusion and bewilderment that I have received since my arrival to La Esperanza a week ago have confirmed what I already knew; it is not normal that I do not like coffee! Since I am living in the hub of coffee production in a country renowned for its coffee, I am a small minority. In fact, I am probably the only one. Coffee farming is the way of life here and I am thankful to have learned more about its production process by talking with people…

A Run To Say ‘Goodbye

Posted by Heather Tang in American Samoa

Read Jessica Ploen’s goodbye to the American Samoa, as she takes her final steps towards the finish line of her “Rock”-y, beautiful year with WorldTeach.   My time here on “The Rock” is dwindling down, and it all is starting to become very real. Many of the things I have been doing this week I may never do again. For example, I just went for my usual run up the mountain. That will be one of the last times I do that. Running is something I have become very passionate about. Back in high school I used to dread the long runs we had to do while conditioning for basketball. Now I look forward to a nice, refreshing run. It…

A Thousand Little Changes

Posted by Heather Tang in Colombia

Read about Annie Forman’s transformation into a true Colombian after five months with WorldTeach Colombia! How long do you think it will take this seasoned traveler to adjust to hot water once she returns to the States?   The dust has finally settled at the end of semester numero uno. I have turned in all my final grades and end of semester reports, gone to all the faculty meetings, and completed all of the necessary paperwork. I’m just teaching my small class of adults (university faculty and administrators) for one hour every day for the next couple of weeks, then I’ll be 100% on vacation! I’m so excited for my parents and my friend Desi to visit and to travel…

The 10 Best Things About Ecuador

Posted by Heather Tang in Ecuador

Learn Rachael Turken’s favorite Ecuador-isms after spending almost an entire year living and teaching in the country!   10: The Value Of A Dollar In Ecuador, it is amazing how far a dollar can go. The other volunteers and I have discussed how valuable even 25 cents can be these days. Here are some examples of what I can buy with a dollar: 1 taxi ride, a soda and a small snack, 4 quimbolitos (a tasty cake-like snack), 1 hamburger, 2 humitas, 5 bags of palomitas (my new, favorite sweet snack), 4 bus rides, 2 shoeshines, or a movie. Now, do you see why a dollar is so valuable here? I love it.   9: “Mas o Menos” Where do…

A Computer Lab in the Making

Posted by Heather Tang in Namibia

See the ongoing progress WorldTeach volunteer Emily Leazer has made creating a school computer lab in Namibia!   January 20, 2013: Emily mentions her first project for the school’s few existing computers…internet!   “On Fridays I only teach 3 classes so most of the morning I spent getting to know the staff and mingling with the students during the break. It was so fun to walk up to them and watch them look at each other and giggle then say ‘Hello miss’ very shyly. My first few classes were mostly introductions and discussing class rules but Monday I will begin officially teaching. My school has a small library and I have been put on the library committee so I will…

The Ghost Ship

Posted by Heather Tang in Marshall Islands

 WorldTeach volunteer Chuck McKeever provides insight to his North Pacific experience in his recent blog post from the Marshall Islands.     During our program orientation in July, a group of us swam just about every day in the Ajeltake lagoon, a short walk from the elementary school we were staying in, across the street and down a path at the house of a very nice local family. It was a great place to bust out our snorkel equipment and explore the reef communities underfoot–the lagoon was teeming with graceful angelfish, shy eels, those neon-colored fish that sell for 5 cents at pet stores, zebra-striped wrasse, and myriad other kinds that I know no names for. We would wade out…

Why go to China?

Posted by Heather Tang in China

Interested in becoming a WorldTeach China volunteer? We recently asked our current teachers why they decided to choose Hunan. Answers varied, but one response was constant: Our volunteers have not regretted their time in China. Read on to see how their experiences have (or have not) matched their expectations.     “I’ve had a longstanding interest in China and knew that, if I wanted to get a better grasp on the contradictions that define it, I needed to live there for an extended time. I was not satisfied, however, with just learning. It was important to me that I also be able to give back and become part of a community, which is what attracted me to teaching. I’m happy…

My Last Holiday

Posted by Heather Tang in Micronesia

From Greece to the Micronesia, WorldTeach Chuuk volunteer Niko Petsalis has seen his share of the sea. Read his unique words as he remembers his most recent trip in Micronesia.    My last Holiday was a month ago, to an island called Onoun in northwest Pacific sea. I traveled with a group of educators, to meet the local teachers in order to show them different ways of teaching in the classroom; I myself am a teacher too. We traveled by boat for 30 hours and although the trip was very long and hard everyone was in a good spirit. The first thing I did while on the boat, was to find a small spot where I laid down my float-able…