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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…

Granny Rose’s Teaching Adventures in Chuuk, FSM

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Uncategorized

My Teaching Adventures  in Chuuk, Micronesia (FSM)             by Rosezina Bard, Current WorldTeach Micronesia (Chuuk) Volunteer My name is Rosezina and I am a 67 year old retiree who made a decision in 2014 to get off the couch and use the life experiences and training I have gathered over the years to teach overseas. After working 30 years for the US Postal Service, five years as an Elementary Teacher, one year teaching Junior High in Taiwan, and teaching 38 years as a Sunday School teacher, I felt I had something I could offer to a program that needed committed teachers. Since I was 16 years old, I have always wanted to be a teacher….

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…

Reminiscing: Snapshots of your time with WT

Posted by WTTech in Uncategorized

by: Shierly Mondianti While your time abroad might have ended, the memories live on forever. So, in light of all the volunteers who are returning from their year abroad this past month, I compiled 12 #throwback snapshots of the countries you might have served at:     (Photo: 1st Row (L-R): American Samoa, Micronesia, China; 2nd Row: Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador; 3rd Row: Marshall Islands, Guyana, Chile; 4th Row: Namibia, Thailand, Tanzania)   I hope the many smiling faces in the photo will bright up your Tuesday! If you are interested in learning more about WorldTeach, check out our website at www.worldteach.org. If you have any additional questions, feel free to email us at [email protected] or give us a call at 857.259.6646!

Returning “Home”

Posted by WTTech in Uncategorized

by: Shierly Mondianti “And so, I will cry a thousand tears and tuck my new home into a corner of my heart as I board that plane and fly once more. Pura Vida.” – Chandra Rapley, WT Costa Rica ‘14   At WorldTeach we talk a lot about traveling abroad and sending people on global adventures. But, one of the hardest things to read about and experience is the process of coming back “home.”   I have been reading a lot of our alums’ blogs here in the office lately, and as someone who is always traveling I can empathize with the mixed feelings that our volunteers experience—of heartbreak for not wanting to leave but also of excitement to return to friends…

Spanish Lessons

Posted by WTTech in Uncategorized

WorldTeach volunteer Gaby McKay gives readers back home a lesson in Costa Rican slang.   The month of September is probably the most chaotic, or so I’m told. Independence Day is the 15th and Dia del nino (kid’s day) is somewhere in September also. This month the students are practicing a baile tipico and we even have a band now. Okay the band is more like a really large drum line with just snare drums. But whatever, they’re loving it. I promise pictures or videos after Independence Day.   On the flip side of all this chaos and patriotic activity is where I stand, waiting for September to end so my teaching schedule might get back to normal. So instead…

Realizing a Child’s Potential: Former Namibia Volunteer gives Educational Opportunities to Namibian children

Posted by WTTech in Uncategorized

Imagine two girls, one hails from a middle class family who lives in the suburbs and the other, from a poor working class family who lives in the slums. Although they have the same genetic potential, due to social conditions and lack of a good basic education, one is more predisposed than the other to fall into a cycle of early pregnancy and poverty, the girl from the poor working class family. We are not in control of the circumstances we are born into, thus we can not be faulted for the shortcomings that arise from each individual circumstance.   Robert Myers, Namibia 2003, is the founder of Mondesa Youth Opportunities (MYO), a non-profit that targets youth in the community…