The Great Move Abroad

Posted by Nolan Sutker in China, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach China volunteer Anahita Kumar, 2016 Moving abroad for a year is a solid commitment, and grand changes to your life will surely follow. Not to overwhelm the reader, but it’s probably going to be a real large-scale, cross-cultural, border-hopping and unpredictable adventure, probably moving at a breakneck speed but always leaving you feeling great. Before my great big journey to China I was still wrapping up work commitments until the last day, and so, as I found myself the only waigouren on the China Southern flight from Bangkok to Changsha I felt utterly unprepared to dive into this adventure. Nobody spoke English and everybody stared. I stumbled about trying to get myself a coffee and felt like the…

Xi Guan: The Cultural Adjustment

Posted by Nolan Sutker in China, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach China volunteer, Wing-Yee Lau, 2015-2016 “Ni xi guan le ma?” Are you adjusted to life here yet? People would often ask me this question when I told them that I’m American. After living in Changsha for several months, I still struggled to produce a concrete answer. Moving to China to teach English was a lot more difficult than I expected. I chose China because I had a Chinese background—my family was from Hong Kong and I had taken two years of Mandarin in college. Little did I know that it wasn’t enough. I didn’t realize that my perspective of Chinese people was limited to the overseas Chinese population. I knew that many Chinese immigrated to other countries during…

20 Classes and 1200 Plus Kids Later….

Posted by Nolan Sutker in China

20 classes, it’s a whole lot of kids. Spring term found my classrooms juggled around and whole new dynamics arose. My most advanced classes, 452 and 453, have “shrunk” to 41 students each. The rooms seemed empty at first. They still have their desks huddled together in a tight little clutch… and slowly fill all that space with books, books and more books. Students were added to other classes bringing them up to 70 students, the rooms are small enough that no more people can physically fit in. I squeeze myself sideways through the aisles, dodging the boxes of books and the long legs of the boys who’ve quickly outgrown their desks. My 1200+ students, the entire Senior 1 class…

A Year of Firsts

Posted by Nolan Sutker in China

By: Saskia Kroesen, WorldTeach China Volunteer My year in China has been a year full of firsts: my first year no longer a student, my first time moving to a foreign country alone, my first time living alone, my first time in Asia, my first time trying all sorts of delicious Chinese foods— the list goes on. But the first that stands out most is definitely my first time being a teacher. Sure, when I applied for a position with WorldTeach I was aware I would be teaching classes for the next year, and yes, during orientation while learning techniques on how to be a successful teacher I also knew that all of this was for a reason… but it…

Not Another Goodbye

Posted by Nolan Sutker in China

Sometimes, your WorldTeach year is so great that you have to do it again. Katie Scott, WorldTeach China volunteer, decided to return for a second year as you’ll read below. Interested in our WorldTeach China program? Check out our webinar happening at 7pm, today (Tuesday, April 5th) via this link:, Or head over to WorldTeach China’s page. — “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32) Please, not another goodbye. I can’t take it….

Teach in our Fully Funded WorldTeach China Program, Application Deadline is May 1st

Posted by WTTech in China, News & Highlights

The China Hunan program was started in 2003 when WorldTeach was approached by the Hunan Department of Education. The Department of Education wanted to give its students the opportunity to learn English from native speakers. In 2004, our first volunteers taught in public schools throughout Hunan province. In the past nine program years, WorldTeach’s reputation has grown and our volunteers are now among the most sought-after English teachers in the province. Click here to find out more information about WorldTeach China program Learn more about our WorldTeach China program and listen to our recent webinar from April 5th, 2016, hear previous volunteers discuss housing and teaching placements, cultural challenges, health and safety, training, living on a stipend, and more. Ready to get…

Weekend in Wuhan 武汉

Posted by Nolan Sutker in China

Often times, our WorldTeach volunteers take advantage of the opportunity to explore and travel in their country of service. Saskia Kroesen, WorldTeach China volunteer, just posted a blog about her adventure visiting the capital city of Hubei Province: Wuhan. Click below to see beautifully intriguing photos that highlight a variety of things from pig feet to cherry blossoms! To learn more about WorldTeach China, click here: — Over the weekend Bev and I visited the capital city of Hubei Province: Wuhan. We were fortunate to stay with an acquaintance who I met through someone in Blacksburg- he was a marine biologist of some sort and has been to Blacksburg many times! They lived in a beautiful, homey apartment with a Western…

Full Speed Ahead!

Posted by WTTech in China

Join us this #BlogTuesday as WorldTeach China  volunteer, Lynsey Zettler, shared the first trip she took during her WorldTeach experience. From trying new foods to exploring rural China, Lynsey’s account of her travel experiences is entertaining to follow! Plus, you gotta love how cheap AND delicious food can be. What food do you remember falling in love with while traveling for the first time? Considering applying to our China Hunan Year Program? Click here to learn more: Make sure to mark your calendars as applications are due on May 1st, 2016. — Well it has most certainly been a whirlwind of a month! I have been teaching at Changjun Bilingual Middle School for 6 weeks already! I have even had the opportunity…

“Proud Mom” Moments

Posted by WTTech in China

It was truly touching to read the words of WorldTeach volunteer, Alexandra Ehrhardt, as she shares about her time thus far and how close she has grown to her students. Interested in a teaching experience of your own? Consider applying to the WorldTeach China program. — January 9, 2016 The countdown to Spring Festival begins, reader. Starting January 9th the adventure move outside the Hunan border and into the rest of southeastern Asia. We’ve come a long way, you, me, and this blog. There is a few handfuls of people I owe a large amount of thanks. Rather, there are 500+ students that I would like to thank. Here is the 周南中学 (Zhounan Zhong Xue/Zhounan Middle School) post. Thinking back to high school,…

I Don’t Always Feel Like a Teacher

Posted by WTTech in China

“I’ve talked to people who have been teaching for decades and they’ve told me they don’t always feel like a teacher.” This week get a taste of what it’s like to be a volunteer teacher in China as we interview Tracey Sullivan, a current teacher in Nanyue, Hunan Province in China. There she lives and teaches some classes of more than 60 students with her husband. She’s learned to motivate while instructing and not to take anything personally, read on to get the latest from one of our most popular WorldTeach programs. Volunteer Spotlight, January 2016 Meet Tracey Sullivan, Current Volunteer in China In which WorldTeach country program are you currently serving? We (my husband and I) are working in China,…