Namibia

 

Contrasting, Beautiful Namibia

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Namibia, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Namibia volunteer Abigail Hahn, 2015 “Contrasting, beautiful Namibia.” This phrase is from the national anthem of the Republic of Namibia, where I lived for the last year. During my time in Namibia I found this to be one of the most apt descriptions of my life abroad and my beloved new home. One of the ways Namibia embodies this phrase is through its extremely varied landscapes and range of climates. While in Namibia I was lucky enough to travel through much of this spectacular country and experience this variety. I climbed the largest sand dunes in the world in Sossusvlei and Swakopmund, felt the ocean spray of the Skeleton Coast, befriended cheetahs at The Cheetah Conservation Fund, and…

A Mile in Another’s Shoes

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Namibia, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Namibia volunteer Sarah Ritten, Summer 2016 “Ubuntu:” a person is a person only through other people. Throughout my summer spent with WorldTeach South Africa, I learned exactly what it means to live a life of the African Traditional Religion term, “Ubuntu.” It is only through helping others and empathizing with others that we fully feel connected to the world. My internship with WorldTeach and the experiences I had because of WorldTeach showed me just how important “Ubuntu” is for a community and all its members. Throughout my summer in South Africa, I had the incredible opportunity to work with the Family and Community Motivators (FCMs) in Masiphumelele (Masi), a black township outside of Cape Town. The Family and…

Namibia – Herero Wedding

Posted by WTTech in Namibia

Weddings! Gotta love them. What a special time of celebration, love, and family! Occasionally, WorldTeach volunteers will get the honor of attending a friend or colleague’s wedding. This week’s #BlogTuesday takes us back to a time when WorldTeach Namibia volunteer, Jenn Pierson, attended her first Herero wedding. Read on to get a glimpse of some unique details!  And if you are considering doing something meaningful while traveling this summer, apply for our Summer Programs by May 1st! Various placements are still open in Namibia, Poland, Morocco, Nepal, and South Africa.  —  At the end of last month, I went to a colleague’s wedding to learn about the traditions.  It was a very long experience, weddings last three days with much…

Top 5 Countries to Teach in During the Summer!

Posted by WTTech in Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Poland, South Africa

Top 5 Countries to Teach in During the Summer! “Of all the books in the world, the best stories and lessons are found between the pages of a passport.” We still have teacher openings in each of the countries below. They’re going quick so make sure to get your application in by May 1st, 2016 via http://bit.ly/1Mi3qG1! 1. WorldTeach Namibia WorldTeach summer volunteers in Namibia gain valuable work experience abroad while forming meaningful relationships with both local Namibians and fellow volunteers. In partnership with the Ministry of Education, WorldTeach Namibia assists in implementing the country’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) national strategy. In addition to teaching basic computer skills, volunteers teach classes within a range of subjects, all taught in English. Click…

4 Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

Posted by WTTech in Namibia

Interested in teaching in Namibia for a summer? Consider applying to the WorldTeach Namibia program. But remember… you still have plenty to learn as well as teach, and learning from others is totally OK. Consider the wise words of Martha Caudill before you go! — For my survival, it was required of me to learn these things. I didn’t find this out until after I had learned them. And I learned them in the hardest way possible. Through experience. Trial and error. Many, many errors. But these lessons will go with me for the rest of my life. People are people and let them be. Some are good, some are bad. Some are respectable, some are disgusting. Some will surprise…

“I can’t believe I woke up this morning in Namibia!”

Posted by WTTech in Namibia

As WorldTeach remembers the life and service of Kristin Linnea Skvarla, we thought it timely to share with you why volunteer teaching in Namibia is more than a just great teaching opportunity – it’s a life-altering gift from those who taught before you. Thank you, Kristin. — ‘What is more beautiful than a ROAD?’ (George Sand, Consuelo, 1842) was one of the first entries Kristin penned into her journal during training in Windhoek, December, 1997. “I can’t believe I woke up this morning in Namibia!” As a WorldTeach volunteer at St. Boniface College in Namibia, Kristin lived in the remote rural village of Sambyu on the banks of the Okavango River. She taught geography, history, even math… her brother’s best subject, physical…

“…Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

Posted by WTTech in Namibia

We’re all connected somehow. Whether by 6 degrees of separation, blood relation, or twitter, we’re all connected. And that’s the important part. Sometimes it take a whole lifetime to realize that, and sometimes it takes only a few moments of reflection after spending time with people half a world away from where you were born. No matter how you come to this realization, what you do with that awareness is pivotal. Keep in mind always, “…Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Thank you, Stephanie. —  TOTSIENS EN DANKIE MY VRIENDE  So, now I am back and have had the time to reflect on my African experience a bit. I think what this last year has taught me is…

An Open Letter to Potential WorldTeach Summer Program Volunteers

Posted by WTTech in Namibia

WorldTeach summer alum, Gary Aitken shares some wisdom about teaching and living in a summer program. I am a 65 year old guy who spent the summer of 2014 in Namibia in the WorldTeach summer   program. It is one of the best things I ever did. I am writing this to   convince you to brave the unknown, overcome your fears, and go ahead and   Some compelling reasons:   1. It is one of the few things you will genuinely regret not doing when you are   lying on your death bed. I mean that literally, and seriously. Think about that   as you go to sleep tonight. What truly better way do you have to spend your…

Don’t Mind the Sheep in the Bathroom

Posted by WTTech in Namibia

If eighteen months ago you had asked me where I would like to travel in the world, I never would have named Namibia in the list of countries. That changed when my daughter Elizabeth announced that she would be spending a year there to teach English.   Elizabeth volunteered with the international programWorldTeach, which placed her in the village of Omatjete (pronounced OMA-she-tay) to teach fifth through seventh graders for most of 2014. My wife Susan and I of course found time to visit, making the visit this past July. *2,500 miles of scenic touring later, we have a National Geographic-like set of safari photos, some incredibly beautiful memories, and a daughter who fell in love with her students and…