News & Highlights

 

Havin’ Samoa Adventures

Posted by Nolan Sutker in American Samoa, News & Highlights, Uncategorized

By Gabriel Lamanuzzi, WorldTeach American Samoa 2015-2016 I am writing this in the fale (traditional Samoan home with no walls or levitating roofs, only supporting pillars) in front of my house. An ocean breeze plays footsies with a rainbow of towels, sheets, and clothes, rippling them on the drying lines beside me. The edge of the ocean is a mediocre football punt away from my bedroom window – thunderous, unrelenting. Like a liquefied Zeus. The water, nearly pristine in its shining turquoise glory, is visible through coconut trees arranged in straight lines that would make elementary school teachers drool. They were planted as windbreakers for hurricanes (the trees, not the teachers). The warm sand invites wiggling toes as the clusters of smaller rocks, dragged against one another,…

From Micronesia with love – or why you should start packing

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Micronesia, News & Highlights, Uncategorized

By Ariela Moraru, WT Micronesia volunteer 2015-2016 Ariela is a free spirit. Originally from Transylvania in the heart of Romania, Ariela was a WT volunteer in Weno, Chuuk, Micronesia (2015-16). She taught literature to five 10th grade sections at Chuuk High School and co-facilitated Chuuk Women’s Council’s Young Women Empowerment Program. She’s lived in Romania, the US, Paris and London, and travelled to over 30 countries. Life is for experimenting and multiple identities. Why be one thing and live in one place for your whole life? Why not be the teacher, the dancer, the writer, the researcher, the soul searcher – you name it. My soul cannot be defined by a nationality and cannot be contained within the borders of…

Not the Same Song and Dance

Posted by Nolan Sutker in American Samoa, News & Highlights, Uncategorized

by Starr Smith, WorldTeach American Samoa volunteer 2015-2016 It has been nearly a month since school finished at Coleman Elementary in Pago Pago, American Samoa, and I am dreaming of doing it all over again. I was so happy to come home and see my family and dog, and yet, I have a homesick feeling for my American Samoa family and friends. Let’s back up first to where this started. A little over a year ago, I was searching online for positions overseas teaching English when I came across the World Teach website. I had been thinking of South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and China and then I saw an ad for the Marshall Islands which caught my interest. I clicked…

¡Se fue así! A year in Cartagena

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Colombia, News & Highlights, Uncategorized

by Jackie Pauley, WorldTeach Colombia Volunteer 2015-2016 “My only fear is that this year will go too fast,” said Nancy, a girl in my group, as we shared our hopes and fears for the year to come on the last night of orientation. Too fast? I thought to myself, a year is a long time. The next morning we were flying from the farmhouse near Bogotá where we had orientation to our placements, and I was even more nervous than when I’d left my home in Pennsylvania. I was heading to hot, humid, and historic Cartagena de Indias on the Caribbean coast. I don’t remember what I shared with the group that night, probably something trivial. But the list of…

Cyclones and Tattoos and Adventures… OH MY.

Posted by Nolan Sutker in American Samoa, News & Highlights, Uncategorized

By Maggie Yurgielewicz, WorldTeach American Samoa Volunteer 2015-2016 Well, I can officially say that I have less than one month left on this beautiful island. I keep saying it, but it feels surreal. How could have 11 months passed so quickly? I have learned so much during my time living and teaching in American Samoa. I am extremely thankful for this experience and wouldn’t change it for the world. What will I miss the most? Wow. The thought of trying to make a list of all the things I’ll miss most is way to stressful… there are just too many!! I love this place and I have had an amazing year. Yes, of course there were some serious bumps in the…

Saying Kalanghan

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Micronesia, News & Highlights, Uncategorized

By Crystal Jackson, WorldTeach Micronesia Volunteer 2015-2016 I’ve lived in Pohnpei, Micronesia since July 2015 volunteering as an Oral English teacher to five sections of seniors at the largest school on the island, PICS (Pohnpei Island Central School), and I’d like to share my thanks to this amazing country that I’ve grown to know as my home for this year. I hope my thank you’s give you a glimpse into what life as a volunteer in Pohnpei looked like for me. The Island Pohnpei is probably one of the most amazing jungle islands on this entire planet. Although I have spent the year living in the main town, Kolonia, there have been many trips made around the island, out to villages and overnight to friends and family…

Drive on the Good Side of the Road

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Guyana, News & Highlights

Reflections on Guyana: The Land of Many Waters by Nolan F. Sutker, Director of Communications You see in Guyana, away from the capital of Georgetown, you don’t drive on the right or the left, but you have to drive on the good side of the road. The cars dodge and weave to avoid pot holes that are only deepened by the rainy season. Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America, a previous colony of both the Dutch and the British; it has a heavy diaspora from Africa and East India.  On the precipice of their 50th anniversary as a nation, Guyana is beginning to define itself with the progressive Working People’s Alliance holding a majority of the government positions including…

We All Smile in the Same Language

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Colombia, News & Highlights, Uncategorized

by Cherryl Cannon, Current WorldTeach Colombia Volunteer It’s been exactly one year since I made the decision to embark on a new journey and decided it was time for me to fulfill my dream to travel and live abroad. However, I didn’t want to just become a tourist. I wanted to embrace another culture, speak a new language, travel to unknown places and make an impact in the city that I would call home for an entire year. So for the past three months, I’ve been fortunate enough to be living and working in Barranquilla, Colombia as a volunteer and English Teacher for WorldTeach. Since my departure, I’ve grown tremendously and have learned so much during my time.  Teaching I…

Island Life is Calling! Join us in the Pacific this summer!

Posted by WTTech in American Samoa, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, News & Highlights

Join our WorldTeach Pacific program. Depart this summer and teach in American Samoa, The Marshall Islands and Micronesia. Our Pacific programs are fully funded and fill teacher shortages in remote areas of need, apply today! Want more insight into our Pacific programs? Check our our Pacific webinar below, listen to previous volunteers discuss housing and teaching placements, cultural challenges, health and safety, training, living on a stipend, and more.

WorldTeach Launches New Website!

Posted by WTTech in News & Highlights

Welcome to the new WorldTeach website! Here you’ll find the same quality and community focused teacher volunteer programs we’ve had for 30 years with a fresh, new look. Take a glimpse into our current 11 year long programs and 7 summer programs. How did WorldTeach get started? Find out a bit more about how we’ve evolved and our major milestones. Interested in earning an accredited TEFL certification during your volunteer experience? WorldTeach provides all volunteers with an opportunity to gain your TEFL certification during your time of service. Ready to take the next step and become a WorldTeach volunteer? Begin your journey here   Thank you for your curiosity in WorldTeach and we hope you enjoy our new website and…