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A Year of Firsts

Posted by Nolan Sutker in China

By: Saskia Kroesen, WorldTeach China Volunteer My year in China has been a year full of firsts: my first year no longer a student, my first time moving to a foreign country alone, my first time living alone, my first time in Asia, my first time trying all sorts of delicious Chinese foods— the list goes on. But the first that stands out most is definitely my first time being a teacher. Sure, when I applied for a position with WorldTeach I was aware I would be teaching classes for the next year, and yes, during orientation while learning techniques on how to be a successful teacher I also knew that all of this was for a reason… but it…

Not Another Goodbye

Posted by Nolan Sutker in China

Sometimes, your WorldTeach year is so great that you have to do it again. Katie Scott, WorldTeach China volunteer, decided to return for a second year as you’ll read below. Interested in our WorldTeach China program? Check out our webinar happening at 7pm, today (Tuesday, April 5th) via this link: bit.ly/1Rct1zw, Or head over to WorldTeach China’s page. — “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32) Please, not another goodbye. I can’t take it….

Weekend in Wuhan 武汉

Posted by Nolan Sutker in China

Often times, our WorldTeach volunteers take advantage of the opportunity to explore and travel in their country of service. Saskia Kroesen, WorldTeach China volunteer, just posted a blog about her adventure visiting the capital city of Hubei Province: Wuhan. Click below to see beautifully intriguing photos that highlight a variety of things from pig feet to cherry blossoms! To learn more about WorldTeach China, click here: http://bit.ly/22J4AmF — Over the weekend Bev and I visited the capital city of Hubei Province: Wuhan. We were fortunate to stay with an acquaintance who I met through someone in Blacksburg- he was a marine biologist of some sort and has been to Blacksburg many times! They lived in a beautiful, homey apartment with a Western…

Namibia – Herero Wedding

Posted by WTTech in Namibia

Weddings! Gotta love them. What a special time of celebration, love, and family! Occasionally, WorldTeach volunteers will get the honor of attending a friend or colleague’s wedding. This week’s #BlogTuesday takes us back to a time when WorldTeach Namibia volunteer, Jenn Pierson, attended her first Herero wedding. Read on to get a glimpse of some unique details!  And if you are considering doing something meaningful while traveling this summer, apply for our Summer Programs by May 1st! Various placements are still open in Namibia, Poland, Morocco, Nepal, and South Africa.  —  At the end of last month, I went to a colleague’s wedding to learn about the traditions.  It was a very long experience, weddings last three days with much…

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…

Full Speed Ahead!

Posted by WTTech in China

Join us this #BlogTuesday as WorldTeach China  volunteer, Lynsey Zettler, shared the first trip she took during her WorldTeach experience. From trying new foods to exploring rural China, Lynsey’s account of her travel experiences is entertaining to follow! Plus, you gotta love how cheap AND delicious food can be. What food do you remember falling in love with while traveling for the first time? Considering applying to our China Hunan Year Program? Click here to learn more: http://bit.ly/22J4AmF. Make sure to mark your calendars as applications are due on May 1st, 2016. — Well it has most certainly been a whirlwind of a month! I have been teaching at Changjun Bilingual Middle School for 6 weeks already! I have even had the opportunity…

“Slower, please…”

Posted by WTTech in Marshall Islands

When her year-long adventure in the Marshall Islands drew to a close, WorldTeach volunteer, Sarah Lipson, reflected on the year behind her, the departure ahead of her, and the difficulty of leaving a new-found home. —  “All I ever needed, wanted or sought after existed within a ten-mile radius of my childhood home (from basic needs to entertainment to education) and as such, I never knew the reality of life without love unconditional, support unending. Visible, audible, tangible, intangible love and support. When I moved to Rita Village in Majuro, one of the most densely populated areas in the Pacific, I was, incongruously trite as it may seem, alone. My happiness, my sadness, my bewilderment, my disorientation were mine alone…

Pohela Boishakh – Bengali New Year

Posted by WTTech in Bangladesh

Check out this blog from WorldTeach Bangladesh volunteer, Katarina O’Regan, as she recounts her experiences celebrating Pohela Boishakh, the Bengali New Year! From working in the Writing Center or the Career Development Center to visiting an orphanage in Chittagong, Katarina’s WorldTeach year was filled with many adventures and experiences! Interested in learning more about our WorldTeach Bangladesh program? Click here for more information: http://bit.ly/1IUFlHy — Happy belated New Year! Were I only referring to the Gregorian calendar, I wouldn’t have missed a beat and feel so remiss in updates. But I’m actually talking about bangla new year (Pohela Boishakh), which we celebrated this past Monday. It’s year 1421 according to that system, but however you measure it, I’ve been pretty busy this season!…

A Week in Bogota

Posted by WTTech in Colombia

As many are considering applying to our WorldTeach Colombia semester program, read this blog post to get a glimpse of what WorldTeach volunteer, Martina Boyter, experienced preparing for her first week of teaching. It’s hard not to fall in love with Cartagena after 48 hours. If you are interested in more information about our WorldTeach teaching opportunities, head over to our website. — So much to share! To be honest, I’ve been thinking about everything I want to write in this post for a few days, but there’s an overwhelming amount I want to tell you, so I’ve been putting it off. But no longer! Right now, I’ll catch you up on the second week of orientation. And within the…

My Thai Family

Posted by WTTech in Thailand

Kate and her sister Yuu Living with a host family for many teachers is one of the most rewarding aspects of WorldTeach service and an integral step to feeling like part of a new community. Kate Mast, WorldTeach Thailand volunteer, writes below about her unexpected ties to her Thai family and the difficulty of leaving loved ones behind. — I have a Thai family that I am incredibly grateful for, they have been one of the most unexpected but important parts of my time here. The couple who care for me, Don and Yuu, have become the older siblings I always wanted but never had. I never expected to feel so at home with two people who came from such…