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Papa Park’s tough love on volunteer teaching

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Colombia, News & Highlights, Uncategorized

This post is an excerpt from Nancy Park’s blog, a WorldTeach Colombia 2015-2016 volunteer. See below for the link to more of her blog posts. Back in August, about a month into teaching, I was skyping with my dad, venting about the difficult time I had been having. He was good enough to indulge me and listen first. He had also grown up in a poor neighborhood as a child, in rural South Korea. He was the only person in his family to finish high school, and first in his town to ever go to college. He was the exception I dream about for my students. He found relatable the most unrelatable classroom experiences I was having, and empathized generously,…

Presence

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Marshall Islands, News & Highlights, Uncategorized

This post is an excerpt from Claire Svoboda’s blog, a WorldTeach Marshall Islands 2015-2016 volunteer. See below for the link to more of her blog posts. I have realized lately that I need time to myself for reflection, meditation, and re-finding my purpose of why I am where I am. It’s easy to get lost in all of this madness of being in a different place with varying scales of positivity, focus, and meaning. Some days I feel so heavy with negativity and try to remember why I am here on this island in the middle of the Pacific. I read the other day that: “There would seem to be nothing more obvious, more tangible and palpable than the present…

Rikaki in Majol: Teaching in the RMI

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Marshall Islands, News & Highlights, Uncategorized

By Taylor Lascko, WorldTeach Marshall Islands 2015-2016 This past year, I had the privilege to live in the Marshall Islands. When someone thinks of living on a tropical island, they probably think of living in paradise. Some place with soft, sandy beaches, a beautiful blue ocean, coconut trees, and no worries. Is this what I expected when I signed up to live and teach in the RMI? Well, not quite. I knew that I would be living in a beautiful place filled with kind souls and a rich culture, but I also knew that there would be hardships and struggles, but that is all part of the experience. My fiancé, Lance, and I were assigned to work at Kwajalein Atoll…

Flowing like water in Ecuador

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador, News & Highlights

By Heather Poole, WorldTeach Ecuador 2015-2016 It has been three weeks since I left Ecuador and I’m still unsure how to summarize my experience. There are just too many memories and adventures to sift through. I have been reflecting a lot about how I’ve changed since beginning this journey a year ago: what I’ve learned, how my perspective has changed, what I’ll remember most about this year. Most of all, I now realize how fortunate I am to have left Ecuador with such meaningful friendships and experiences. Pre-Ecuador: Before I started teaching in Ecuador, I worked for three years in Washington, D.C. While I enjoyed and learned a lot during this time, I felt confined by the limits of an…

Havin’ Samoa Adventures

Posted by Nolan Sutker in American Samoa, News & Highlights, Uncategorized

By Gabriel Lamanuzzi, WorldTeach American Samoa 2015-2016 I am writing this in the fale (traditional Samoan home with no walls or levitating roofs, only supporting pillars) in front of my house. An ocean breeze plays footsies with a rainbow of towels, sheets, and clothes, rippling them on the drying lines beside me. The edge of the ocean is a mediocre football punt away from my bedroom window – thunderous, unrelenting. Like a liquefied Zeus. The water, nearly pristine in its shining turquoise glory, is visible through coconut trees arranged in straight lines that would make elementary school teachers drool. They were planted as windbreakers for hurricanes (the trees, not the teachers). The warm sand invites wiggling toes as the clusters of smaller rocks, dragged against one another,…

From Micronesia with love – or why you should start packing

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Micronesia, News & Highlights, Uncategorized

By Ariela Moraru, WT Micronesia volunteer 2015-2016 Ariela is a free spirit. Originally from Transylvania in the heart of Romania, Ariela was a WT volunteer in Weno, Chuuk, Micronesia (2015-16). She taught literature to five 10th grade sections at Chuuk High School and co-facilitated Chuuk Women’s Council’s Young Women Empowerment Program. She’s lived in Romania, the US, Paris and London, and travelled to over 30 countries. Life is for experimenting and multiple identities. Why be one thing and live in one place for your whole life? Why not be the teacher, the dancer, the writer, the researcher, the soul searcher – you name it. My soul cannot be defined by a nationality and cannot be contained within the borders of…

Not the Same Song and Dance

Posted by Nolan Sutker in American Samoa, News & Highlights, Uncategorized

by Starr Smith, WorldTeach American Samoa volunteer 2015-2016 It has been nearly a month since school finished at Coleman Elementary in Pago Pago, American Samoa, and I am dreaming of doing it all over again. I was so happy to come home and see my family and dog, and yet, I have a homesick feeling for my American Samoa family and friends. Let’s back up first to where this started. A little over a year ago, I was searching online for positions overseas teaching English when I came across the World Teach website. I had been thinking of South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and China and then I saw an ad for the Marshall Islands which caught my interest. I clicked…

¡Se fue así! A year in Cartagena

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Colombia, News & Highlights, Uncategorized

by Jackie Pauley, WorldTeach Colombia Volunteer 2015-2016 “My only fear is that this year will go too fast,” said Nancy, a girl in my group, as we shared our hopes and fears for the year to come on the last night of orientation. Too fast? I thought to myself, a year is a long time. The next morning we were flying from the farmhouse near Bogotá where we had orientation to our placements, and I was even more nervous than when I’d left my home in Pennsylvania. I was heading to hot, humid, and historic Cartagena de Indias on the Caribbean coast. I don’t remember what I shared with the group that night, probably something trivial. But the list of…

Cyclones and Tattoos and Adventures… OH MY.

Posted by Nolan Sutker in American Samoa, News & Highlights, Uncategorized

By Maggie Yurgielewicz, WorldTeach American Samoa Volunteer 2015-2016 Well, I can officially say that I have less than one month left on this beautiful island. I keep saying it, but it feels surreal. How could have 11 months passed so quickly? I have learned so much during my time living and teaching in American Samoa. I am extremely thankful for this experience and wouldn’t change it for the world. What will I miss the most? Wow. The thought of trying to make a list of all the things I’ll miss most is way to stressful… there are just too many!! I love this place and I have had an amazing year. Yes, of course there were some serious bumps in the…

Saying Kalanghan

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Micronesia, News & Highlights, Uncategorized

By Crystal Jackson, WorldTeach Micronesia Volunteer 2015-2016 I’ve lived in Pohnpei, Micronesia since July 2015 volunteering as an Oral English teacher to five sections of seniors at the largest school on the island, PICS (Pohnpei Island Central School), and I’d like to share my thanks to this amazing country that I’ve grown to know as my home for this year. I hope my thank you’s give you a glimpse into what life as a volunteer in Pohnpei looked like for me. The Island Pohnpei is probably one of the most amazing jungle islands on this entire planet. Although I have spent the year living in the main town, Kolonia, there have been many trips made around the island, out to villages and overnight to friends and family…