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Changsha Foreign Languages School by Emily Chambers

Posted by WTTech in China

Hey everyone, my name is George and I’m the newest Marketing and Publicity Intern at WorldTeach this year. I only arrived 3 weeks ago to Cambridge to help connect the world of avid travelers, learners, and teachers with WorldTeach, but this organization has been coordinating something I’ve believed strongly in for some time now. Preparing teachers to prepare students for the more complex challenges in life is something we all benefit from, and the following blogpost from Emily Chambers (WorldTeach, China 2015) is just the kind of example we cherish here at the office. Other volunteer abroad programs out there may leave you stranded under stressful circumstances in which to teach, but it’s clear that with WorldTeach, teachers like Emily,…

WorldTeach Got Talent—Jess Medeiros China’14

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by: Shierly Mondianti WorldTeach has attracted many budding singers, musicians, swimmers, divers, techies and builders, among others. Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds, and their experiences and hobbies add value to the students they teach and the communities that they serve abroad. I will proudly say that our volunteer teachers are probably one of the most motivated, ambitious and talented people out there. You would think that after a long day of teaching that our volunteers would want to simply rest and relax in the comfort of their home. Well, not WorldTeach’s volunteers! Jess Medeiros (China’14), is a great example of someone who really immersed herself with the local culture. During her spare time in China, Jess would post YouTube…

Decisions, Decisions

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WorldTeach China Volunteer Katie contemplates a big decision she has ahead. “Jump or stay in the boat.” ― Margaret Stohl, Beautiful Darkness   I wanted to wake-up early today to go sit in the front yard and watch the sunrise and work on this next piece now that I have free time and my classes are over for the semester. That did not come even close to happening. I spent a good half of the day chilling with this bizarre chicken head pillow that class 8 gave me for New Years that I love.   I wasn’t sure what to do for this month’s post. So many things happened it felt like a big “whirlwind” of teaching and Netflixing in bed day…

Stand by Me in China

Posted by WTTech in China

WorldTeach volunteer Ben tells recounts a Chinese adventure reminiscent of a classic American movie.   In my school it is said there is a mountain nearby you can climb. In fact, some teachers climb it every night, taking flashlights for the early winter nights. However, I had yet to climb it until today. Probably.   It was a clear, sunny day in Dayao town when I took off to find the mountain for myself. I had no guide, just a vague sense of “go that way.” It had recently been a bit chilly so I opted to wear both a light hoodie and a light jacket. I tucked my scarf into my jacket pocket – just in case it was…

China Ed. 101

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WorldTeach volunteer Amanda deconstructs some common assumptions about the Chinese education system. I mentioned at the end of my previous vlog that I’d had a bit of an eye-opening encounter with the Chinese educational system. I’ve been wanting to expound on just what I meant by that, but it’s been quite the task finding a spare minute to do so. Wonderfully, we were given a random three days off from teaching for the middle and high schools’ sports days. Problem, solved. So, like I said in the video, I feel like the perception we Americans have of education in China is pretty flawed. Now, I hate to generalize, so for all of you enlightened Americans out there who already know…

Chinese Food Adventures

Posted by Heather Tang in China

Living abroad through a WorldTeach program comes with the opportunity to experience new cultures and, of course, try new food! Madeleine Reeve is a WorldTeach China volunteer who has enjoyed exploring new culinary options in her new home. Read on to learn about Madeleine’s experience trying new food in China!   So I know this is probably a topic everyone wants to hear about. Yes, the food here is pretty good. But like everywhere else, it depends where you go. It doesn’t always depend on what you pay, though. Food here is generally very cheap. If I spend 100 kuai on a meal ($16) it better be amazing, and it’s probably Western food. A decent meal out you’ll drop 10-30…

Gettling to Know My School

Posted by Heather Tang in China

Madeleine Reeves has been in China since August. She is settling into her host community and school. Read on to learn about her new home and job in China where she will be spending the next year…   So, where have I been living since the end of August? A place called Nanya Middle School (南雅中学 nanya zhongxue). Nanya is a branch of Yali (雅礼 yali), one of the most famous and most competitive schools in the province (and also, I believe, the country). It’s a little difficult for me to get the story straight, as I’ve only been told it in Chinese, but this is what I think happened: Yale University (Yale… Yali…. get it?) came to Hunan over…

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…

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…

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…