Country Programs

 

Why go to China?

Posted by Heather Tang in China

Interested in becoming a WorldTeach China volunteer? We recently asked our current teachers why they decided to choose Hunan. Answers varied, but one response was constant: Our volunteers have not regretted their time in China. Read on to see how their experiences have (or have not) matched their expectations.     “I’ve had a longstanding interest in China and knew that, if I wanted to get a better grasp on the contradictions that define it, I needed to live there for an extended time. I was not satisfied, however, with just learning. It was important to me that I also be able to give back and become part of a community, which is what attracted me to teaching. I’m happy…

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…

An Ending, A Beginning

Posted by Heather Tang in Poland

My last day in my village was spent playing with my host family’s dog, eating lots of Polish food, watching the Olympics with my host family, packing, and shopping. But as I took my favorite walk at dusk with my host brother and the dog, I thought of something my mom always tells me: “Life is tough, be tougher.” This challenging experience has made me tougher, but at the same time I have more clearly recognized the significance of hospitality, giving, sacrifice, and trust. I am so thankful for my school with its interactive whiteboard, organization and of course, an English teacher who has become one of my good friends, and one of my favorite Polish people.   I imagined…

Save Your Change to Bring Change

Posted by WTTech in Tanzania

Read about what WorldTeach Tanzania volunteer, Elizabeth Martin, is doing to start a school breakfast program.   On Monday, my school began serving porridge, Uji, to all students during our morning break. In the 5 months that I’ve been teaching at Bukiriro, the academic master at school and I are the only people who would eat or drink during the day. Taking this step to feed the whole school has been more of a leap for us, but one that has been extremely positive! My students walk up to 8km to school in the morning on an empty stomach, waking up well before the sun rises. They sit through classes all day, and then walk all 8km home on an…

Ms. Boyer’s Lottery

Posted by Heather Tang in American Samoa

From American Samoa Volunteer Stephanie Boyer   They told me in college that there would be good times and bad times in teaching. They told me that there would be days where you question why you wanted to become a teacher. On those days, your students may tell you that you’re the worst teacher ever, or give you that “What are you talking about” look. They told me there would be days where everything will fall in place and you will understand why you wanted to become a teacher. On those days, the sun seems to be shining a little brighter, there is an evident light switch in your student’s brains, and their smiles radiate understanding and love for their…

“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…

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…

What Makes A Successful WorldTeach Volunteer?

Posted by Heather Tang in Guyana

To answer the question “What Makes A Successful WorldTeach Volunteer,” we turn to John Stanlake. John is currently a Field Director in Guyana, has volunteered in the WorldTeach Rwanda program, and has worked closely with us in Bangladesh. Reflecting on his time spent in all corners of the globe, John shares an honest and thoughtful perspective on the path to a successful international service experience. If you’re expecting a nice and neat list of Top [put a number here] Traits, you’ll definitely be in for a surprise!     I slumped down on my bed, placed my head in my hands, took a deep breath, and this is how I remained for the next few minutes. Paralysed by feelings of…

Letters from Costa Rica: Mil Gracias!

Posted by Heather Tang in Costa Rica

As 2012 comes to a close, the WorldTeach Costa Rica volunteers are preparing to leave the schools and communities of which they were a part for the past year. In reflecting on the time spent teaching and learning from their students, the teachers came together to release their second newsletter of the year. In it they shared the pictures, thoughts, lessons, and stories from Costa Rica that they will bring with them wherever they are off to next!     The newsletter opened with some moving letters that the volunteers wrote to their host families, students, and the entire country of Costa Rica. Here’s one by Meggie Heffernan that truly captures what volunteering is all about:   Dear Costa Rica,…

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…