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The Courage of Volunteering Abroad

Posted by Heather Tang in Tanzania

WorldTeach volunteer Matt Mills speaks to the great and lasting effects that a year volunteering abroad with WorldTeach can make. Matt talks about the importance of courage, both gaining courage and instilling it in those you meet. Teaching in a new country, a new culture, and with new people can not only be exciting but also frightening. Matt explains the necessity of stepping out of one’s comfort zone to embrace the unknown and attain the truly life-altering sense of fulfillment that comes with teaching abroad. A Lesson in Courage “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the acknowledgment that something is more important than fear.” – Ambrose Redmoon   “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear- not…

What It Means To Volunteer in Costa Rica

Posted by Heather Tang in Costa Rica

Sara Eckstein is a WorldTeach volunteer teaching English in Costa Rica this year. She has fully embraced the people and culture of Rey Curré (the village in which she teaches) and has also embraced what it truly means to be a volunteer. Check out Sara’s awesome perspective on volunteering and learn more about her daily experiences in Costa Rica!     On this day in Rey Curré, the sun rose above the tree-covered hills, lit up the Inter-American highway snaking through the little pueblo, and danced on the steadily rising river before rolling back over the hills, casting red streaks in its path. The day came and went just as it has been for centuries. Only on this day, and…

Adjusting to Life in Guyana

Posted by Heather Tang in Guyana

In moving to a radically different environment, adjusting to a new culture is no small hurdle. Such an experience, as our volunteer Jose explains, is unforgettable. Learn all about Jose’s WorldTeach experience and his adjustment to life in Guyana below.     After a long day of flying, we finally arrived in Georgetown under the cover of night. Once our bags were collected, we loaded them onto a cargo truck, and loaded ourselves into the minibuses that would take us to Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE), our home sweet home for the next two and a half weeks. It was while looking outside the window while on this long trek from the airport that reality finally set in. Observing…

Teaching Ticos

Posted by Heather Tang in Costa Rica

In this post, Mark Sobel, who has been living and teaching in Costa Rica, discusses the sometimes extreme ups and downs of daily life in the classroom, teaching us that the best way to face it all is with a healthy dose of humor and honesty.     Teaching is sort of like…eating a jawbreaker.   Wait, wait: hear me out. You start out full of hope and excitement, looking forward to the long journey ahead, but then after hours and hours of work it seems like you have made zero progress. It started out so sweet and new and full of color, but now at times it just seems bland and monotonous. But then, wait! Could it be that…

Getting to Know Guyana

Posted by Heather Tang in Guyana

Four weeks in to his WorldTeach experience in Guyana, Marek Brzozowski is finding himself getting adjusted to his new life, neighborhood and job. Read on to hear what his typical day looks like and his new-found favorite restaurant.     The end of week four.   Well, it’s looking like it’s time to do another update. These last three weeks have been spent actually teaching, so my life feels like it has a purpose again (remember, as an American, my reason for living is working).   As a result, things have shifted from the new and fantastic (wow, people here drive on the left side of the road!) to the relatively mundane (I found fabric softener yesterday!). Like any new…

“If I Could Change the World…”

Posted by Heather Tang in Chile

Kids may say the darndest things, but sometimes they are simply spot on. Lauren Phillips, a WorldTeach Chile volunteer, asked her students to finish the sentence “If I could change the world…” and got some inspiring responses. Read on to see what her 6th-12th graders answered.     This is a list compiled from my 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. I explained the prompt: “If I could change the world…” and here’s what they came up with:   – I would turn the sky orange and purple. – everyone would have a home. – no one would go to bed hungry. – there would be more beautiful boys and less ugly ones. – there would be more respect for…

Reflections on a Year in Pohnpei

Posted by Heather Tang in Micronesia

Mike, a WorldTeach Micronesia volunteer, reflects back on his experiences in and all that he has accomplished so far as he gears up for even more exciting adventures during the rest of his term of service.     My last month in the States was filled with trips to what seemed like every major retailer in the Tucson area to outfit myself for a year in one of the world’s wettest and most humid climes. Luckily, I got to spend lots of time with Katie, Jon, mom and dad before leaving. Saying goodbye was tough but in no time I was in LA, meeting the other WorldTeachers that would become my new family for the next year. I’m proud to…

A Day In The Life: Ecuador

Posted by Heather Tang in Ecuador

Are you curious what a day in the life of a WorldTeach volunteer looks like? CJ, a new Ecuador volunteer, gives you a glimpse into his newly acquired routine. Check out his video!   “Since I’ve moved to Ambato, I realize that I haven’t posted a lot of pictures. I’ve been fairly busy, and most of the pictures I’ve taken have been at soccer games – and I imagine that some of you could get bored of seeing constant soccer pictures. One crowd is the same as another, right?   But, I’ve also been working hard recently at putting together a Day in the Life video here in Ambato. Even though I’ve only been here about a month, I’ve jumped…

Settling Into Ecuador

Posted by Heather Tang in Ecuador

When traveling and living in a different country,even the smallest of activities can seem like an out-of-this-world experience. Eric Haase, a WorldTeach volunteer in Ecuador, shares some of his new and exciting adventures with us. From the first interactions with his host family and students, as well as his exploration of the city of Cuenca, Eric displays the amazing opportunities that volunteering with WorldTeach can provide.     What is most interesting is the difference in levels between my students’ writing and speaking abilities. They do not, most do not, have a well rounded education it seems. For example, there was one student who scored the lowest of any student that had taken the exam. 19 out of 53. However,…

The Major Milestones of Life

Posted by Heather Tang in Costa Rica

WorldTeach Costa Rica volunteer Leah had a laundry list of things she wanted to see, do, and experience during her summer as a volunteer. Here she recounts how she was able to successfully check them off her list.       I have been very fortunate while I´ve been down here to be able to experience many different traditions and festivities. Once accepted to this program, we filled out a form sharing our preferences on where we wanted to live and some of the things that we wanted to be able to do in our area, or with our families. One of the things that I stated in my form was that I wanted, if possible, to be able to…