Colombia

 

A Week in Bogota

Posted by WTTech in Colombia

As many are considering applying to our WorldTeach Colombia semester program, read this blog post to get a glimpse of what WorldTeach volunteer, Martina Boyter, experienced preparing for her first week of teaching. It’s hard not to fall in love with Cartagena after 48 hours. If you are interested in more information about our WorldTeach teaching opportunities, head over to our website. — So much to share! To be honest, I’ve been thinking about everything I want to write in this post for a few days, but there’s an overwhelming amount I want to tell you, so I’ve been putting it off. But no longer! Right now, I’ll catch you up on the second week of orientation. And within the…

WorldTeach Colombia: A Day in the Life with Autumn

Posted by WTTech in Colombia

I often overlook that our blog reaches more than just a strict teacher demographic. For anyone out there who wants to know what it’s like to actually be a teacher, the following is a great example. Schedules and student rosters reflect one reality and yet the reality is that teaching is a fluid practice. Exceptional teachers know how to roll with the punches and push towards achievable goals. Let WorldTeach Volunteer Autumn Wonderlich share some insight about the life of a teacher in Cartagena, Colombia. — I work at Escuela Normal Superior de Cartagena de Indias in Nuevo Bosque, about a 20 minute walk from my apartment building.  The school is one of the higher-rated schools around, but is still…

“…give the kids in our class the best…,” she remembers.

Posted by WTTech in Colombia

Teachers know what we’re talking about. We plan for an hour and we only get 30 minutes. We plan for 30 minutes and your students are finished in 15. We plan, we plan, we plan, and always something doesn’t go according to plan. I recently read a definition of teachers that went something like this: “The occupation that makes all others possible.” Now if teachers are the root cause of all other occupations, why is that we struggle so much to plan? Probably because teachers are dutifully called to share with students how much of life is unplanned. In the face of the unknown and the uncertain, teachers like Jackey show up day after day to provide stability in the…

Meet Liz Blanco

Posted by WTTech in Colombia, Ecuador, Micronesia

Meet Elizabeth Blanco, smart, sharp, humble, and the newest WorldTeach Program Manager for Colombia, Ecuador, and Micronesia. Having started only a few weeks ago in the office, Liz has a much deeper relationship with WorldTeach than she makes it seem. A few years ago she was working as a Buyer and Merchandiser for a grocery store in Los Angeles when she decided to take little detour in her career. Buying and bringing in the products, working with the margins, and attending trade shows was just becoming underwhelming. She thought back to her 6-month trip to Guam to stay with family and realized that the island was calling her back like the gentle crash of the ocean at night. Taking time…

A Taste of Cartagena… ¡Que Sabrosa!

Posted by WTTech in Colombia

WorldTeach volunteer Rebecca gives us a taste of Colombian cooking. The first topic that I’ve been wanting to post about is all the food here. I came here expecting that I wouldn’t like the food and that maybe I’d even lose some weight….boy was I wrong. Cartagena knows how to eat well! There are foods here that I wouldn’t imagine I would enjoy and foods here that I wouldn’t even imagine existed. I am going to attempt to post about some of the delicious foods that I’ve tried here in all of their cultural uniqueness. First up: Arepa de Huevo. A wonderfully fried arepa (a corn based..something…) with an egg inside. Put some sauces on it and its even more…

Fiestas Novembrinas

Posted by WTTech in Colombia

WorldTeach Colombia volunteer Rebecca shares some of the Colombian celebrations that take place throughout the month of November. When I arrived in Cartagena in August people were already talking about the November festivities. The best thing about the November festivities is that they start in October. If there is one thing people in Colombia (and specifically on the coast) do well, it’s celebrate!   It had taken me since August to actually figure out what we were celebrating in November because most of the time the people here just refer to it as “fiestas novembrinas” or “festivales de noviembre”…basically the November festivities. And then their explanation of what it was included some explanation of “people throwing water,” “firecrackers in the…

Carnival Festivities at a Colombian School

Posted by Heather Tang in Colombia

Living abroad with WorldTeach, volunteers have many chances to participate in new cultural traditions. Sometimes these celebrations happen at school and WorldTeach volunteers learn to be flexible and open to new experiences. In Colombia, WorldTeach volunteer Jena Ladenburg recently had the chance to take part in Carnival festivities at her school. Read on to hear about her experience and to see how she adapted quickly to the changes in her schedule brought about by the celebrations…     Okay, so I was going to update you all on what I’ve been doing the past few weeks, and maybe I still will. The beach, corner tiendas, salsa dancing, and trying to figure out this whole teaching thing have been adventures in…

Carrying Colombia Back with You

Posted by Heather Tang in Colombia

Annie Forman is in her last week in Colombia. Although she is excited to go home, she will miss Colombia and hopes to carry Colombia with her when she returns to the U.S. Read on to learn about her thoughts as she wraps up her service and the 50 ways she measures her WorldTeach year…   I’m not sure how this happened, but December is here and by this time next week I’ll be in the USA! This is a fun little fact about Colombian Spanish: when you ask someone how long they have been in a place, you literally ask them how much time they carry in the place (Cuánto tiempo llevas acá?). I love that because I do…

The Rewards of Discomfort

Posted by Heather Tang in Colombia

Ashley Falcon has been living in Colombia with WorldTeach since January 2013. Last month, she took the time to think back on how she has adapted to being outside her comfort zone in Colombia. Read on to learn how Ashley has seen the uncomfortable aspects of Colombia turn into rich cultural experiences…     The fact is; I enjoy being uncomfortable. It makes me feel alive and free. Some of my best decisions have been on the brink of a meltdown. My entire college career I was uncomfortable working thirty to sixty hours a week with 16 – 20 credit hours. But not only did I succeed but a few times, I made Deans list. What is the point of…

A Thousand Little Changes

Posted by Heather Tang in Colombia

Read about Annie Forman’s transformation into a true Colombian after five months with WorldTeach Colombia! How long do you think it will take this seasoned traveler to adjust to hot water once she returns to the States?   The dust has finally settled at the end of semester numero uno. I have turned in all my final grades and end of semester reports, gone to all the faculty meetings, and completed all of the necessary paperwork. I’m just teaching my small class of adults (university faculty and administrators) for one hour every day for the next couple of weeks, then I’ll be 100% on vacation! I’m so excited for my parents and my friend Desi to visit and to travel…