South Africa

 

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…

“It’s a good thing that smiles and hugs are universally understood.”

Posted by WTTech in South Africa

Making friends abroad is actually easier than it may seem. And when you volunteer to teach via WorldTeach you’re likely to make more friends than you know how to handle. Imagine you’re a small child in a village that doesn’t receive many foreigners. The foreigners that bend down to your height, look you in the eye, and teach you how to read will likely be your favorite. Let Catherine Celeste Helm take you on a journey via the local language and local love.  — We are all so happy to make new friends. The downside is that, unlike everyone else here, we only speak one language. Most people here speak a minimum of two languages, with working knowledge of a…

“I’m always going to want to do more, but for now this is a start.”

Posted by WTTech in South Africa

Volunteering to teach abroad is a wholehearted experience. You can’t give a partial effort and you can’t give only a part of yourself. Volunteers that truly immersive themselves in these experiences via WorldTeach find that it’s REALLY hard to let go of what they can’t control. They give SO much, and in the end, they still have to go home. Take this ride with Britney Jarvis and hold on tight. You might not want to let go! — So the past couple of days here in South Africa have been incredibly emotional days for all of us. We have experienced some extreme highs and extreme lows. On Monday we went back to Masiphumelele in the afternoon and met with the…

Grade 7 Greatness

Posted by WTTech in South Africa

WorldTeach summer volunteer Britney shares some of her experience in South Africa.   Last week was the start of the holiday break around here, which means we all started working. A few of the volunteers, myself included, are working at a place called the Pink House in Masiphumelele. We are working with Grade 7 students and creating workshops to help with reading and writing (especially in English) and increasing self-esteem. We have been doing different activities to have them focus on what they like about themselves and focusing on how wonderful and different they all are. We are encouraging them to create these things in English and in Xhosa and we have had the kids even help us create some…

Guess Who I Met on the Plane?

Posted by WTTech in Namibia, South Africa

Danica Shaw, Georgetown/WorldTeach Namibia Volunteer ’94 and WorldTeach Namibia Field Director ’96-’98, also recounts meeting Nelson Mandela on her way to Namibia to begin volunteer service.   I was sitting alone on the plane, having just met all the other volunteers at JFK. After they cleared dinner, I looked up and a man walked into the main section of the plane. I thought to myself, “Wow – he looks like Mandela.” A split-second later I realized it was him. At that moment I knew that I had made the absolute right choice in coming to work in Namibia, to contribute to this very young nation overcoming apartheid in any small way that I could. I went to high school with…

In Rembrance: Nelson Mandela

Posted by Heather Tang in Namibia, South Africa

Scott Person, WorldTeach Namibia Volunteer ’94, reflects about his encounter with Nelson Mandela on the airplane en route to begin his service.   The 1994 WorldTeach Namibia group, by luck, was on the same plane as Nelson Mandela travelling JFK through Johannesburg. The date was January 3, 1994 (or January 4 as we crossed timezones). Nelson Mandela walked the entire plane for hours speaking with each and every one on the plane.   What is striking: He spent many minutes talking with everyone on the plane who wanted to talk. He smiled the entire time and made everyone feel like he had nothing better to do than to speak with them about whatever was on their minds.   Some of…