Country Programs

 

Why WorldTeach matters and a chance encounter….

Posted by WTTech in Marshall Islands

Frizz and Nolan at American University Hello WorldTeach supporters, normally our weekly blog is reserved for insight from our volunteers and their unique experiences from their communities around the world. The content on this blog has been accumulated over 6 years with more than 450 blog posts from the tropical rain forests of Ecuador to the deserts of Namibia. The pleasure I get from reading about our volunteers keeps me connected to them even from my office in Boston. This week, however, we’re taking a step back from the norm so I can share a little story with you from the Fall 2015 WorldTeach recruiting scene. I’m Nolan, our Director of Communications, and I oversee all of our advertising, partnerships,…

“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…

WorldTeach Colombia: A Day in the Life with Autumn

Posted by WTTech in Colombia

I often overlook that our blog reaches more than just a strict teacher demographic. For anyone out there who wants to know what it’s like to actually be a teacher, the following is a great example. Schedules and student rosters reflect one reality and yet the reality is that teaching is a fluid practice. Exceptional teachers know how to roll with the punches and push towards achievable goals. Let WorldTeach Volunteer Autumn Wonderlich share some insight about the life of a teacher in Cartagena, Colombia. — I work at Escuela Normal Superior de Cartagena de Indias in Nuevo Bosque, about a 20 minute walk from my apartment building.  The school is one of the higher-rated schools around, but is still…

“…give the kids in our class the best…,” she remembers.

Posted by WTTech in Colombia

Teachers know what we’re talking about. We plan for an hour and we only get 30 minutes. We plan for 30 minutes and your students are finished in 15. We plan, we plan, we plan, and always something doesn’t go according to plan. I recently read a definition of teachers that went something like this: “The occupation that makes all others possible.” Now if teachers are the root cause of all other occupations, why is that we struggle so much to plan? Probably because teachers are dutifully called to share with students how much of life is unplanned. In the face of the unknown and the uncertain, teachers like Jackey show up day after day to provide stability in the…

“I found meditation without crossing my legs and closing my eyes.”

Posted by WTTech in Costa Rica

The WorldTeach Costa Rica is a program unlike any other. Although famed for being an unparalleled tourist destination in Central America, Costa Rica is alive with other wonders for the heart and soul. It’s the deep sense of tranquility and understanding between students and volunteers that is normally so hard to explain – that same sense of inner peace that Erica Rawles seems to sum up so perfectly at the end of her summer journey with WorldTeach Costa Rica. — Never did I expect that coming to Alto Varas would help to heal me. In the middle of these rolling green hills and blue mountains, I found peace. I found the kind of calm that lets you sit on the…

“…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…

Do you remember how much you like math?

Posted by WTTech in American Samoa

Danielle and company in front of the High School “After those two lessons I remembered how much I like math.” Sometimes, teaching is like getting a second chance at being a kid. As teachers, we get a sense of nervousness, a sense of challenge, and a sense of rising to the occasion. Sometimes, teachers feel like they’re being talked about in the back of the class, but they can’t let it distract them. Sometimes, teachers are asked questions they’re not prepared for, but they can’t call it quits. And sometimes, teachers get the unique opportunity to relearn critical skills, and they’re better for it. Always, teaching puts you in touch with how you became a teacher and instills in you…

Focusing on Making a Difference

Posted by WTTech in American Samoa

2It can be difficult to make it a difference in the workplace when you’re always caught off guard. This week’s blogpost comes straight to you from American Samoa, where Sneha Chiliveru shares with us what it’s like to have some of your expectations met, some dashed away in the first week of teaching, and some, well, surprises! Volunteering to teach abroad on the island of American Samoa can feel like a bit of a dream before the work settles in, but as it does, you learn to be grateful for what you have, grateful for what brought you to this moment in life, and you assume a very natural focus. The students come first. They always have.  Enjoy Sneha’s insightful…

Changsha Foreign Languages School by Emily Chambers

Posted by WTTech in China

Hey everyone, my name is George and I’m the newest Marketing and Publicity Intern at WorldTeach this year. I only arrived 3 weeks ago to Cambridge to help connect the world of avid travelers, learners, and teachers with WorldTeach, but this organization has been coordinating something I’ve believed strongly in for some time now. Preparing teachers to prepare students for the more complex challenges in life is something we all benefit from, and the following blogpost from Emily Chambers (WorldTeach, China 2015) is just the kind of example we cherish here at the office. Other volunteer abroad programs out there may leave you stranded under stressful circumstances in which to teach, but it’s clear that with WorldTeach, teachers like Emily,…

Meet Liz Blanco

Posted by WTTech in Colombia, Ecuador, Micronesia

Meet Elizabeth Blanco, smart, sharp, humble, and the newest WorldTeach Program Manager for Colombia, Ecuador, and Micronesia. Having started only a few weeks ago in the office, Liz has a much deeper relationship with WorldTeach than she makes it seem. A few years ago she was working as a Buyer and Merchandiser for a grocery store in Los Angeles when she decided to take little detour in her career. Buying and bringing in the products, working with the margins, and attending trade shows was just becoming underwhelming. She thought back to her 6-month trip to Guam to stay with family and realized that the island was calling her back like the gentle crash of the ocean at night. Taking time…