Country Programs

 

Here Comes the Bride!

Posted by Heather Tang in Namibia

WorldTeach volunteer Hilary Kovalchik has been living and teaching English in Namibia for almost a year now. A couple weeks ago she was invited to take part in an authentic Namibian wedding! In this post she shares the once-a-lifetime experience during which she was able to see the surprising similarities and differences between American and Namibian ceremonies. Thanks for sharing Hilary, and good luck to the beautiful couple!     Last weekend, my housemate’s girlfriend’s brother was married. Naturally, I was invited to the wedding reception. The bride and groom were married on Saturday, in the bride’s village, far away from Ekoka. On Sunday, they returned to the groom’s family homestead for the reception with his family in Ekoka, which…

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…

A Day in the Life: WorldTeach Tanzania

Posted by Heather Tang in Tanzania

Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a WorldTeach volunteer? Watch this amazing video to share in the daily experiences of Lauren Godfrey, who volunteered at the Muyenzi Secondary School in Tanzania. Follow Lauren as she goes through her life’s everyday adventures with its morning motorcycle rides, debate club meetings, soccer matches, and trips to the town’s market!     Thank you, Lauren, for creating this video, and for the fantastic work you’ve done in Tanzania!   To see more videos about daily life volunteering abroad, check out the WorldTeach Youtube channel. For more information about WorldTeach programs, visit our website at www.worldteach.org. If you have any additional questions, feel free to email us at [email protected] or give us a…

Recipe for Success

Posted by Heather Tang in Ecuador

WorldTeach volunteer Rachael Turken has been living with a family in Riobamba, Ecuador since early October. Although Ecuador is a leading producer of bananas, she was surprised to find that her family had never tasted banana bread and decided to spend the day baking a loaf for them. Read on as she tells this great story of baking, friendship, and the cultural exchange that goes on even outside the classroom. Thanks for sharing, Rachael!     Well, well, well. You would think that a family that lives in a country who is one of the top banana producers in the world would have had banana bread before. Go figure . . . my host family had not.  So, I took…

To Say Goodbye

Posted by Heather Tang in Thailand

After spending a year teaching English at a primary school in the province of Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, WorldTeach volunteer Noam Szoke has returned home to San Francisco. In this blog post, he reflects upon his work in Thailand, and the amazing experiences and friendships that have helped him find his purpose in everything he does. Thanks for sharing, Noam!     The last post is here. It was inevitable.   I still find myself disoriented when I wake up in the middle of the night, and slightly so first thing in the morning. Ah, yes, here I am! I’m eating oranges and apples instead of mangoes and pineapples. No rice fields, no Kwai. In San Francisco we have cold; We…

Halloween!

Posted by Heather Tang in American Samoa

WorldTeach volunteer Stephanie Boyer has been teaching in American Samoa since July. Last Wednesday, she was treated to a strange day at school: Halloween! It turns out that the celebration in American Samoa isn’t all too different from that in the United States with its candy, costumes, and craziness! Thanks for sharing your story, Stephanie.     Halloween. Yes, it is celebrated here in American Samoa, and yes, the students get equally as rowdy. Going into this holiday with the knowledge that my kids were going to be sugar high, holiday high, and probably just all around high, I planned to have my kids do scary stories competition and the winner would get… more candy (munchies and a prize, hell…

A Birthday Surprise in Chile!

Posted by Heather Tang in Chile

Megan McDonough has been teaching English through WorldTeach since July. Recently, she celebrated her birthday and was delighted to discover that her students had planned a surprise for her, complete with food, balloons, and flowers! In her blog, she shares this great story, along with a few others about her experience teaching in Paihuano! Happy birthday, Megan!     Last week was my birthday. I celebrated twice with the other volunteers(once in their home and the other in La Serena), but I wasn’t expecting to celebrate much in school because not many people at my schools knew that it was my birthday. One of the teachers at my school in Diaguitas did though and he apparently told not only his…

Change and Be Changed: Reflections from the First Female Teacher in a Tanzania School

Posted by Heather Tang in Tanzania

Arriving as the only woman at the Bukiriro School in Tanzania is certainly intimidating, but WorldTeach volunteer Elizabeth Martin has handled the experience with the utmost skill. Teaching math to classes of up to 75 students, Elizabeth has come to realize that the most important learning happens outside of the typical classroom setting. In this CNN iReport, she tells of her life during the first five weeks teaching at the Bukiriro School. Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth!     “Welcome to Tanzania! You will be teaching at Bukiriro Secondary School in Rulenge-Ngara. Karibu sana!” I stepped off the plane in Dar es Salaam with only two backpacks of life essentials, a few words of Swahili written on my hand, and too many…

Roller Coastering in Costa Rica

Posted by Heather Tang in Costa Rica

Since January, Aeriel Kay has been volunteering in Costa Rica. Faced with her return in December, Aeriel writes about her loves, fears, and hopes – the roller coaster of her life in Costa Rica.   Dear United States of America, I miss you. I miss sitting in a cafe and writing and being anonymous. I miss being able to pick up my phone whenever I want and call whoever I want. I miss cooking my own food and eating entire meals of vegetables. I miss listening to cheesy American pop music on the radio while driving with the windows rolled down. I miss meeting friends for coffee. I miss meeting friends for drinks. I miss meeting new people. I miss…

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…