News & Highlights

 

The Great Move Abroad

Posted by Nolan Sutker in China, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach China volunteer Anahita Kumar, 2016 Moving abroad for a year is a solid commitment, and grand changes to your life will surely follow. Not to overwhelm the reader, but it’s probably going to be a real large-scale, cross-cultural, border-hopping and unpredictable adventure, probably moving at a breakneck speed but always leaving you feeling great. Before my great big journey to China I was still wrapping up work commitments until the last day, and so, as I found myself the only waigouren on the China Southern flight from Bangkok to Changsha I felt utterly unprepared to dive into this adventure. Nobody spoke English and everybody stared. I stumbled about trying to get myself a coffee and felt like the…

Unique Moments I Will Never Forget

Posted by Nolan Sutker in News & Highlights, Poland

By WorldTeach Poland volunteer Caitlin Wilkinson, 2015 Hello! My name is Caitlin and I spent the summer of 2015 teaching English in Poland! I have always wanted to be a teacher and teaching for a summer in Poland was such a unique opportunity. It was a culture and a language unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I lived in a small town outside of Krakow of about 5,000 people. I walked a mile to school and back almost every day. The community was welcoming and my host families made an effort to get to know me while we had fun trying to teach each other our languages. While my entire experience was unforgettable, there are a few unique moments I will…

Moto Rides, Birthdays, and Kites

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Colombia, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Colombia volunteer Allison Kielhold, 2016 This Friday it poured in Cartagena and since then the weather has been amazing. It is the first time since July that I have not felt hot. I even turned one of my fans off last night 🙂 The word frío has been batted around which I feel is pretty generous…I don’t think cold exists here. However the weather has been quite enjoyable and I hope this kind of thing happens more often! I also visited Volcán Totumo with my coworker John who happens to have a motorcycle.  I had always thought I wanted to learn to drive a moto and one day have my own. However, after 40 something minutes driving to the volcano my behind was…

Moroccan Summer: A Tremendous Gift

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Morocco, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Morocco volunteer Lisa Bobst, 2016 I was in the middle of some things when I packed up and left for Morocco in early June. Some of these were not so little things, like packing up and selling my home of twelve years, building a new home, raising a teenager. It was challenging and complicated, at 53 years old, to step out of my life and live a different one for two months. But it was so extraordinarily worthwhile. I definitely felt like the oddball in our band of volunteers as we settled into our youth hostel during training week in Casablanca. Because I am a mom, I travel with Benadryl, band aids, and a lot of Tylenol, not…

Vlog: Do’s and Don’ts in Colombia

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Colombia, News & Highlights

This week’s post is a “vlog” (video blog) coming to us from Colombia volunteer Autumn Thomas. Autumn keeps a series of YouTube videos from her time in Colombia and this is one example after having lived and taught there for four months. She discusses 10 “do’s and don’ts” of being a foreigner, or gringo, in Colombia. Click below to watch!  

A Mile in Another’s Shoes

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Namibia, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Namibia volunteer Sarah Ritten, Summer 2016 “Ubuntu:” a person is a person only through other people. Throughout my summer spent with WorldTeach South Africa, I learned exactly what it means to live a life of the African Traditional Religion term, “Ubuntu.” It is only through helping others and empathizing with others that we fully feel connected to the world. My internship with WorldTeach and the experiences I had because of WorldTeach showed me just how important “Ubuntu” is for a community and all its members. Throughout my summer in South Africa, I had the incredible opportunity to work with the Family and Community Motivators (FCMs) in Masiphumelele (Masi), a black township outside of Cape Town. The Family and…

Home

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Ecuador and September 2016 Alumni Spotlight volunteer Elizabeth Paiva, 2015 Home. What is home? Living in Quito has made me question the definition of home, reworking it to encompass my experiences abroad. I have often wondered how long it must one be in a place to be able to say one lived there. For it to feel like home. Is three months enough? Is 10.5? Is 27 months? The other night, my eyes watered when I accidentally stumbled across pictures of Yosemite on a blog I was reading. I had the most vivid vision of childhood camping trips with my sister and dad, waking up to crisp mountain airs in the early morning, welcomed to the morning by a warm…

The Time I Almost Ran Out on Mint Tea, Palm Trees, and Cheeky Grins

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Morocco, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Morocco volunteer Shaalini Ganesalingam, 2016 “Oh honey, you ain’t gettin’ on this plane.” I laughed. When the woman checking my luggage said this I thought to myself that this must be some silly airport joke. But her visible irritation made me realize this was not, in fact, some silly airport joke. “You shouldn’t come here with less than an hour before your flight. You need to get here three hours ahead of departure,” she snapped at me. But I had. It wasn’t my fault all the kiosks malfunctioned, causing the ridiculous lines for the person-administered check-ins. Before I could argue- “You don’t have time for nothin’. Now you go on and race over to security. Make sure you…

La Paz

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Colombia, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Colombia volunteer Julia Rampton, 2016-2017 Cartagena has a civic day today, which means that all public schools and many public officials take the day off of work in order to observe a monumental moment in Colombia’s history. On September 26, 2016 the city is hosting the country’s president Juan Manuel Santos, leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People’s Army (FARC), and representatives from the United Nations to sign an international peace agreement. The signing of this agreement marks the end of a 52-year-long Colombian civil conflict that first started in 1964 between the Colombian national government and the FARC guerrilla group. After four years of negotiations and peace talks held in Habana, Cuba, members of the international community have…

Pathways for Promise

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Bangladesh, News & Highlights

Pathways for Promise: Empowering Young Women and Rediscovering my Purpose in Bangladesh By WorldTeach Bangladesh volunteer Mark Flanigan, 2016-2017 Before coming to Bangladesh as a WorldTeach volunteer, I had never spent much time in South Asia. While I had experienced brief trips to Nepal, India, and Sri Lanka, they were more as a short-term traveller, ensconced in the comfortable scheduling of an observer passing through other peoples’ realities. I was actually much more familiar with the history and culture of East Asia, having lived twice in Japan. I had spent a number of years there in each case, and greatly enjoyed living in Nagasaki and then later in Tokyo. While I was quite comfortable in my role as a cultural…