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Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable in Tanzania

Posted by WorldTeach in Tanzania

WorldTeach volunteer Chelsea Reist talks about how she has learned to be okay with going outside her comfort zone during her stay in Tanzania.. Over the years I have discovered that there are many ways to feel uncomfortable. I have also learned that being uncomfortable is not all bad. During my years as a university student and basketball player I was constantly forced into situations that made me uncomfortable but I think these are the moments where I really grew. I want to share 3 example/stories of this here in Tanzania: 1)      Transportation So to give you a brief overview of transportation in Tanzania – if you thought no one or no other thing could fit in or on a vehicle…you…

Buzzed… WorldTeach Tanzania Adventures

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WorldTeach Tanzania Volunteer takes a trip to the salon to get a trim and leaves with a big surprise! Read on to hear about her cosmetic mix up and more of her adventures in Tanzania… Boy oh boy have the last 36 hours been an adventure. First things first, I no longer have hair. How did this happen you ask? My mane was getting out of hand and I needed to get a trim. I asked my friend here Madam Grace (who is a very stylish primary school teacher with good hair by the way) if she could tell me the best salon in Bariadi. She graciously offered to take me there after school on Friday and translate for me….

Changing Paths: Life After WorldTeach

Posted by WorldTeach in Namibia

Soon after returning from WorldTeach Namibia, volunteer Taylor McLaughlin found herself working as a part of corporate America. After some time back in the States, she realized that she wasn’t as happy as she expected to be, and her heart wasn’t in her work. Read more to learn about Taylor’s change of heart and transition from a member of the corporate world to a future teacher.  When I first moved home and began looking for a job, I had a list of various job titles and companies I was interested in pursuing. Amongst that list, I classified a handful of the positions as “cool” jobs. You know, the career or position that makes others stop and think “wow, that sounds fun” or “I…

Looking Back: Reflections from a WorldTeach Ecuador Volunteer

Posted by WTTech in Ecuador

A WorldTeach Volunteer has been in Ecuador for almost a year now. Here, she shares the highs and lows of her time abroad and gives advice to prospective volunteers. Read on to hear feedback from her experience and to learn more about volunteering with WorldTeach Ecuador. What was your most memorable experiences with WorldTeach and why?   My most rewarding experience has been creating meaningful relationships with Ecuadorians. I did not expect to make such deep connections with my friends here. Although I am sad to leave Ecuador, I think that is a good feeling because it means that I have created roots here. What is the most interesting thing you learned about yourself through this experience?   The most…

Finding the Pull Factor: A Guyana volunteer inspires a love for knowledge in her community

Posted by WorldTeach in Guyana

“Education needs to work by pull not push” This quote is from a TedTalk by Charles Leadbeater, British author and innovation consultant who speaks on the importance of innovation in different fields. In this particular TedTalk, Leadbeater covers educational innovation in slums and the need for a new method of drawing children to schools in third world environments. A point he emphasized was the need to create an incentive, a motivation of some type in order to give children a reason to want to come to school and learn. In third world countries, it can be so easy for students to abandon traditional education in exchange for a way to make money quickly in order to make ends meet. The…

Contemplating the Difference in Namibia

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The mission of WorldTeach is to partner with governments and other organizations in developing countries to provide volunteer teachers to meet local needs and promote responsible global citizenship. One of the most important parts of promoting global citizenship is facilitating cross-cultural exchange and changing traditional perspectives, including ours and that of the people who we encounter abroad.  Elizabeth Skurdahl, who is currently teaching in Namibia, relays her experience in Namibia as someone from a completely different cultural background. She tells us of her take on the process of changing traditional perspectives of race and creating a greater cultural understanding.    Well, the first week of term 2 is officially over! The kids came back on Tuesday (although we didn’t start…

Giving Back to Get: Reflections from a WorldTeach Guyana Volunteer

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“Guyanese people have taught me to genuinely care for a wide range of people, from stranger to close friend, from student to family. Everyone takes care of everyone in Guyana. Self preservation isn’t a term that can be used to describe someone who lives in Bartica, or Guyana as a whole.” For many, teaching and living abroad starts a process of personal growth where one discovers more about themselves and the world around them. They gain a greater understanding of different cultures, as well as a sense of social responsibility derived from living in such close knit communities for the duration of their stay.  Previously, we mentioned Mariah’s experience in Guyana and her quest to create a library for the children of…

Work Hard, Play Harder. End-of-Term Break Traveling Experience from a WorldTeach Namibia Volunteer

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World Teach volunteer Brian Park has been in Namibia for half a year now. Read on to hear about his end-of-term vacation where he took advantage of his free time and embarked on numerous adventures which included traveling through Namibia, South Africa, Botswana and Zambia, and immersing himself in unique adventures after a long hard semester. Exams and end-of-term were rough, I’ll admit. There was a lot of disorganization and confusion about creating our own examinations, proctoring, and marking. Needless to say, I was feeling pretty stressed, on top of the already-present burnout that I was going through before exams.   SIDE NOTE: Lessons learned during Term 1.   1. Don’t ask for permission, just go ahead and do it….

Teacher Appreciation, Coconuts & Fist-Pounds in American Samoa

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Teacher Appreciation Day is like Christmas for WorldTeach Volunteers. Our volunteers are treated like royalty around the globe. Schools host all day festivals, invite teachers for delicious meals, and students give handmade gifts and treats. Although food and gifts are wonderful and welcome, there is nothing more rewarding than a simple ‘thank you’ from one’s students. Saul and Chelsia in American Samoa share their Teacher Appreciation Day experiences. There’s an entire week devoted to students appreciating their teachers here in American Samoa. In the States, I’m pretty sure there’ s a Teacher Appreciation Day (and I only know that because Target has cards for just about every occasion).  Teacher Appreciation Week is serious business where the students feel compelled to let you know how much they appreciate you even if…

An “Everlasting Impression” in Guyana

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What is the real impact of a WorldTeach volunteer? It differs in each classroom, school, community, and country. Each volunteer defines him or herself differently, and shapes their year of service exactly how they want it to be. They may arrive to the country not knowing what that experience will look like, or what connections will be made, but with the help of their new communities, they dig their own path. Mariah Parker, who is currently teaching in Guyana, realized she wanted to leave a impact on her new community that would exist after her departure. Read excerpts below from her blog as she tracks the progress of an unexpected project that will definitely add to her legacy in Guyana. How…