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Polish Little Things

Posted by Heather Tang in Poland

Lexi Pollard is spending her summer volunteering with WorldTeach in Poland. Check out this great post by Lexi detailing the little things she has come to appreciate in such a great country. Thanks for sharing, Lexi!   In a place where everything is foreign to me, including my ability to adapt to living in Poland, I have found it is helpful to appreciate little occurances and surprises in order to thrive or just mentally survive. I have composed a list of a few things I have come to love about Poland and my experience, mental and physical:     1. Fresh, homegrown food. This is a rarity at home for me, so I have taken full advantage of any home…

Guyana: Round Two!

Posted by Heather Tang in Guyana

WorldTeach volunteer Erin Dunnington has fallen in love with the country & people of Guyana. She enjoyed her year of teaching abroad so much that she has decided to return for a second year. Check out Erin’s plans for the upcoming year and see how you can help out!     On August 12th, 2012 I begin my second year abroad teaching Biology in Guyana through WorldTeach. The Guyanese education system is currently struggling. Due to inadequate funding, the schools are often in a state of disrepair and the classrooms are short on basic supplies like textbooks, desks, and chairs. Many of the science classes, especially Biology, must operate without the basic laboratory equipment necessary to facilitate student learning. Lack…

Teaching (& Learning) in Chile

Posted by Heather Tang in Chile

WorldTeach volunteer Meghan McDonough is settling in and adjusting to Chilean culture. Take a look at what Meghan has learned thus far on her trip. From Chilean slang to the far too commonly observed “PDAs,” Meghan shows us the cultural subtleties that make volunteering abroad so different and exciting.   I figured that I should post this since I just taught my first solo English class to adults during orientation today. It went really well by the way. I taught them about present continuous today. Since I am in the teaching mood I thought I would teach you some of the things that I have learned recently.     Over the past week I have learned:   – To eat…

Goodbyes in Chenxi

Posted by Heather Tang in China

When WorldTeach volunteer Dave Madsen left China at the end of May, he encountered several difficult “goodbyes”. Dave shows us the unforgettable friendships one will make when volunteering abroad and the difficult part – leaving it all behind. Check out Dave’s story below!   I will leave Chenxi tomorrow.     I’ve always known that my life and work in this relatively small Chinese town has had a finite quality to it—no matter how much of an affect I perceive myself making on the students, the residents, and the authorities of this cog in the Great Red Machine, I am often forced to remind myself that life in Chenxi will continue to move at a fairly undisturbed pace when I…

10 Commandments for Volunteering in Tanzania

Posted by WTTech in Tanzania

Marissa Ranieri’s departure date for Tanzania is quickly approaching! As she awaits this day, both nervous and excieted, Marissa has set several “commandments” to abide by while she teaches abroad. Check out her 10 Commandments and awesome perspective on volunteering abroad below! Habari!   Once again, I’ve been inspired by Kim over at So Many Places (remember her from this time and this time?), and following her pre-departure declaration of The Travel Commandments, I thought it would be a great idea to come up with my own.   Without further ado, I present to you my own 10 Commandments, to guide my experience abroad, to remind me to be true to myself, and to make the best decisions in any…

What Once Seemed Strange…

Posted by Heather Tang in Costa Rica

WorldTeach volunteer Kiana Curry has quickly adjusted to Costa Rican culture. Now, Kiana writes, things that originally seemed new or bizarre have become custom. Read on to discover the odd bugs, weather, food and gossip that have become part of Kiana’s daily life as a volunteer. Thanks for sharing, Kiana!     I would like to start by saying the idea for this entry is completely stolen from one of my fellow World Teachers. She had such a great idea to do an entry about things that once seemed or would’ve seemed strange, but now seem so normal. I decided to do my own spin on it and write about some of the things I have learned during my seven…

“This is Samoa. Sink of Swim.”

Posted by Heather Tang in American Samoa

“I look back with a year’s perspective, and I don’t even recognize that person I was before.”   Last month, Amber DeBardelaben’s time as a volunteer in American Samoa came to a close. In her last hours on the island nation she calls home, Amber reflected on how much she has grown during her experience with WorldTeach. Read on for an enjoyably witty look at the bonds, bugs, tattoos, teenagers, and dance crazes that have changed Amber as a person forever. Thanks for sharing, Amber!     How can it be over?   I still have to post about prom and graduation and the last few week of school, but I leave Samoa tonight, so now is the time for…

Change through daNCe

Posted by Heather Tang in Marshall Islands

Inspiration. It’s one of the most important qualities one can gain from volunteering abroad. Emily Ellis-Liang, a former Marshall Islands volunteer, was certainly bitten by this inspiration bug after her service in 2007. Emily has since taken her love for dance, charitable work as well as the Marshall Islands to create a charity of her own known as the rePUBLIC of daNCe.     The rePUBLIC of daNCe’s mission is two-fold; it fuses Emily’s passions of dance as well as giving back to the community:   “The mission of the rePUBLIC of daNCe is to educate young dancers with a comprehensive career-based artistic program that fosters excellence in technical performance and production, while creating a greater awareness of their world…

A Serendipitous Surgery

Posted by Heather Tang in Ecuador

 Joey Williams has grown incredibly from his experiences volunteering with WorldTeach in Ecuador. Joey, a pre-med student, has not only been presented with the opportunity to teach at the university level but has also been given the chance to observe and assist in an Ecuadorian hospital! Joey proves that no matter your career aspirations, volunteering abroad can open fantastic new doors and opportunities! Read on to hear Joey’s full story.     I don’t want to harp too much on destiny but being in Ecuador as a part of WorldTeach, I have never felt like I was “supposed” to be somewhere so strongly. On top of my volunteer commitment to The Technical University of Machala (UTM), I have been able…

Hidden Jewels in China

Posted by Heather Tang in China

Beauty can be found in many places, as WorldTeach volunteer Brittany Johnson knows. Read on to see how Brittany has found joy in her students and the other hidden jewels she has discovered while in China. Thanks for sharing, Brittany!   A Day with Sunflower   If I had to choose a favorite student, I think I would choose Sunflower. She’s in class 363, which to be honest, isn’t the easiest of all classes! Despite the fact that her class lacks an interest in learning English, she is constantly trying her best, and she without a doubt improved her spoken English as well as her confidence in speaking in the past 10-months. For the past few months she has been…