Colombia

 

Colombian President Kicks Off WorldTeach Year

Posted by Heather Tang in Colombia

Tuesday evening, January 8th, found some 2013 Colombia volunteers cranky about the next day. They were expected to get dressed up and board a bus before 7 am to travel into the Historical Center in Bogota, all for a routine Presidential Palace tour and an afternoon of free time. Field Director Kim’s insistence that they rise and shine polished and presentable seemed to be falling on deaf ears until her announcement that – drumroll please – they would be meeting The President, Juan Manuel Santos. A unanimous, excited gasp was followed by animated chatter and a complete change in the outlook for the next day, and possibly the entire year.     The President of the Republic of Colombia wanted…

Colombian Lessons: “Oh, The Places You’ll Go”

Posted by Heather Tang in Colombia

On November 16, WorldTeach volunteer Kate Bailey taught her last class to her students at El Colegio Minuto de Dios in Bogota, Columbia. After a year teaching, Kate has grown to have a personal connection with each of her 9th and 10th grade students. Now, as she prepares to return to the United States, she shares this gift with her students and supporters, teaching one last lesson about education, language, and love. Thanks for sharing, Kate!   Well, that’s it. My final day of classes. I ended each section with personal notes to each of my students and I read them “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” by the one and only Dr. Seuss. It was an emotional day for me…

An Open Letter to My Students

Posted by Heather Tang in Colombia

WorldTeach volunteer Brighid Carey’s time teaching English in Colombia is drawing to a close. When she was asked to write a letter for the school newspaper, she decided to make it an honest account of her successes, friendships, and challenges – all the things that defined her time in Colombia. Thanks for sharing, Brighid!     My school year is rapidly coming to a close – simultaneously speeding and dragging towards November 16th. I’m trying to conclude chapters and concepts while the kids have thrown all discipline out the window in favor of not shutting up ever. I was asked to write something about my experience at GMSB this year for the school newspaper, and it didn’t seem right to…

Colombia English Day: Starring Princess Jasmine

Posted by Heather Tang in Colombia

WorldTeach volunteers Ariel Shapiro and Zack Feere have been teaching students ages 5-18 in Colombia. Recently they helped organize English Day, a schoolwide event focusing on English language programs such as aerobics and a fashion show. The day turned out to be a phenomenal success, featuring guest appearances from the likes of Spiderman and Michael Jackson! Thanks for sharing, Ariel!     Last week was English day. Every subject department is given an entire day to do as they will with the entire school (over 2,000 students, ages 5-18). Our department has 10 teachers. One of whom had disappeared. So it was a bit of an undertaking.   Zack and I helped critique the performances of students acting as different…

Watching the Olympics Abroad

Posted by Heather Tang in Colombia

During the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Kate Bailey wasn’t watching from her couch at home – she wasn’t even in America! Kate was in the midst of her year of service in Bogota, Colombia with WorldTeach. Check out her great outside perspective on this year’s Olympic games & Colombia’s own success. Thanks for sharing, Kate!     A Gringa’s Reflection on the Olympics Did anyone else watch the Olympic closing ceremony last night? Colombia showed it live, 3pm our time, so we didn’t have to wait ’til 7pm (thanks non-NBC). Now, let me say right off the bat that I know the Olympics are controversial for a variety of reasons. But here I am, outside my home country, during…

Setting. Students. Sweat. Shouts. Surprises.

Posted by Heather Tang in Colombia

Many things will define your experience teaching abroad. Bryanna, a WorldTeach Colombia volunteer, elucidates that five things that have defined her experience so far. The 5 S’s of Santa Ana: A Look at Living and Teaching on Isla Barú: Setting. Students. Sweat. Shouts. Surprises.   These five things have not only defined my experience teaching English and living in Colombia but also help explain my experiences here—what I have enjoyed, struggled with, and learned from life here. (Plus, who doesn’t like blog posts defined by alliteration?)     Setting   First, let me set the scene. Palm and jacaranda trees blowing in a hot breeze. Green bushes grow densely thanks to the rainy season where months before there was only…