Micronesia

 

My Last Holiday

Posted by Heather Tang in Micronesia

From Greece to the Micronesia, WorldTeach Chuuk volunteer Niko Petsalis has seen his share of the sea. Read his unique words as he remembers his most recent trip in Micronesia.    My last Holiday was a month ago, to an island called Onoun in northwest Pacific sea. I traveled with a group of educators, to meet the local teachers in order to show them different ways of teaching in the classroom; I myself am a teacher too. We traveled by boat for 30 hours and although the trip was very long and hard everyone was in a good spirit. The first thing I did while on the boat, was to find a small spot where I laid down my float-able…

“What Island Are You From?”

Posted by WTTech in Micronesia

It has nearly been seven months since WorldTeach has arrived in Chuuk, Micronesia for the first time. I still remember our first day: sunglasses, sunblock, and sandals were all intact as we took our first step from United’s Island Hopper onto the canvas of Weno, the capital island with splattered hues of green and blue, proportionally measuring far less than a pencil dot on a world map. We were shuttled a three-minute drive, roughly a 10-minute walk, from the airport to our apartment building, located equidistant from Chuuk High School, the downtown markets, and the airport. Little did I know of the actual size of Weno; Google Earth does no justice when it comes to envisioning what looks like a…

Arriving in Micronesa

Posted by Heather Tang in Micronesia

WorldTeach volunteer Diana Rowe just recently arrived in Micronesia to begin a year of teaching. Diana’s passion for volunteering is strong, and her pre-teaching jitters are completely normal. Take a look at what Diana has been up to lately and how she has been preparing for her Micronesian teaching debut! We know she’ll do a great job!     I’m finally here on Kosrae, Micronesia- a sliver of a very remote, disconnected island. There is a sense here that if the world were to end, Kosrae would be halfway into oblivion before any fair warning stumbled its way. Take a five minute stroll down the single, palm-tree shaded road circling the island and you’ll find that Kosrae’s existence seems to…

Leaving Micronesia Behind

Posted by Heather Tang in Micronesia

WorldTeach volunteer Mike Hilbert spent his past year teaching in Pohnpei, Micronesia. To say he has fallen in love with the people, culture, and environment of Pohnpei is an understatement. Take a look at his heartfelt goodbye to Micronesia, and discover the lasting impact that volunteering with WorldTeach can provide. Mike, we are so glad you made the most of your experience; thanks for being an incredible volunteer!   I’m sitting in Pohnpei International Airport on June 12th 2012, about to board a plane that will eventually take me back to the ‘real world’. It’s not exactly where I thought I’d be eight years ago today, or even two years ago, but it’s where I find myself now. Goodbye was…

Reflections on a Year in Pohnpei

Posted by Heather Tang in Micronesia

Mike, a WorldTeach Micronesia volunteer, reflects back on his experiences in and all that he has accomplished so far as he gears up for even more exciting adventures during the rest of his term of service.     My last month in the States was filled with trips to what seemed like every major retailer in the Tucson area to outfit myself for a year in one of the world’s wettest and most humid climes. Luckily, I got to spend lots of time with Katie, Jon, mom and dad before leaving. Saying goodbye was tough but in no time I was in LA, meeting the other WorldTeachers that would become my new family for the next year. I’m proud to…

College Prep in Pohnpei

Posted by Heather Tang in Micronesia

While your time as a WorldTeach volunteer may be limited, your impact is certainly not. Volunteers have an abundance of opportunities to get involved in the larger community and make long lasting impacts. Whitney, a WorldTeach Micronesia volunteer, discusses the creation of a college preparation program for her students. Along with one of my Peace Corps friends, Amber, I’m starting a college prep program for senior students who are interested in attending college in the United States next year. Students applied to the program with a 5 paragraph essay, based on the following questions: Why do you deserve to attend college in the US? What makes you different from other Pohnpeians your age? What do you see yourself doing in…

Why Does Education Matter?

Posted by Heather Tang in Micronesia

How do teachers cope with an occasional lack of motivation in their students? How should a volunteer think about their job as a teacher if an education isn’t necessarily required to succeed? Maureen, a WorldTeach Micronesia volunteer, grapples with these questions while teaching at the College of Micronesia and realizes that regardless of a student’s future path, education matters.     I work at the College of Micronesia – Pohnpei State Campus teaching 77 little rascals either Intermediate Algebra, Elementary Algebra, or Health Science. And clearly, by “little rascals” I mean adults aged 17-40.   COM is an interesting place. Although it has “college” in the title, it is not really comparable to college either at home in Canada or…