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Great Expectations – Arrival in Kuri

Posted by Nolan Sutker in India

The following is an excerpt from Beatrice Schreiber’s experience as a WorldTeach Volunteer in Ladakh, India in 2017. This is part one of two. I was dropped off by the WorldTeach India team in Kuri, in the Nubra Valley region of Ladakh, on the morning of my 8th day in India. Kuri is a small village of 40 homes that is located along the famous Silk Route that connected India with China. We were welcomed at the Government Middle School like His Holiness the Dalai Lama (HHDL) himself, with much joy, anticipation, and expectation. The teachers, all 28 children, ranging from ages four to 14, and their parents were lined up and dressed in their Sunday’s best to greet us…

Diamante December; Sarah Simon in Quito, Ecuador

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador

Sarah Simon is a current WorldTeach volunteer in Quito, Ecuador. She’s on her second cycle of teaching and living with a host family, all while maintaining a hilarious and quip filled blog. We’ve borrowed a post below to share her incredible work. Follow the link here to go check her out!   12.1.17: Diamante December It’s December, and my class wrote a Diamante: Dynamite Diamantes (click on the link for the source — yes, I used Scholastic) A diamante is a seven-line, diamond-shaped poem that begins with a single word and ends with its opposite. It’s a great way to compare and contrast two different nouns:​ Line 1: One noun (or topic) Line 2: Two adjectives about the noun Line…

Church Songs and Marbles in the Rain

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Marshall Islands

Written by Lisa Rowan who is currently volunteering in Ine, Arno Atoll in the Marshall Islands. She is volunteering with her fiancée John Carney. The slow days are the hardest: the Saturdays and Sundays when time slows to a crawl; when the hot sun doesn’t seem to be moving forward in the sky anymore. Sometimes I think John and I flew into a weird time warp coming out here into the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Some days feel like months, and some months feel like years. Those are the times when it is easy to miss home. It is easy to feel like a fish out of water; A Seattle salmon that never belonged in these tropical waters in the…

Celebration of the International Day of People with Disability in the RMI

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Marshall Islands

WorldTeach volunteer Anna O’Brien (a second year volunteer at the Majuro Deaf Education Center in the Marshall Islands) is a proud teacher of 12th grader, Talianna Peter, a student at the Majuro Deaf Education Center. Last week, Talianna was asked to give a special speech at the opening ceremony in celebration of the International Day of People with Disability. Aligned with the theme for this year’s IDPD is “Transformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Society for All”. According to IDPD, the 2030 agenda pledges to “leave no one behind”. When growing up, Talianna saw distinguishing differences living in two countries: Hawaii and the Marshall Islands. Her interest was piqued when she quickly noticed that deaf people in the Marshall Islands were…

Being Grateful Abroad

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador

Written by Sydney Thompson (current WorldTeach Ecuador volunteer) Hola readers, ¿cómo están? I’ve now been here for a little over two months! I still feel surprised every morning when I realize that I’m in Quito, Ecuador. Every day brings new challenges, opportunities, and experiences (both good and bad). Sometimes I don’t feel like I’m flowing like water — I feel like I’m flowing like sludge.  I’ve had moments where I asked myself what the heck I’m doing here. When the washer machine is too hard on my clothes, when the weather is hot and cold like the Katy Perry song, when I feel alone here, I wonder. Being grateful is something I have to practice every day. I have to…

Fast Times at Ban Phaeng High

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Thailand

Written by Samantha Harper (current WorldTeach Thailand volunteer) When I came to Thailand through WorldTeach, my biggest fear was that I would be lonely. I imagined myself in a village where I would be unable to communicate with the inhabitants. My students would be too young to be my friends, and my co-teachers would likely be too old. I knew (hoped) that the experience would be challenging and fulfilling, but I also supposed that I would make weekend escapes to Bali and Hanoi, and submit to the travel bug whenever the pace of my village was too isolating or slow. In actuality, I am struck by the irony of the fact that the only real trial I’ve encountered has been…

“Not My Country”

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador, Uncategorized

Written by Amanda Canny (current WT Ecuador volunteer) I have been dating a man from Trinidad and Tobago for over four years. Although he has lived in the U.S. for six years, he occasionally uses a phrase that once upon a time confused me.  “Not my country,” he would say, and I would wonder, What is that supposed to mean? That is, until I caught myself saying the same thing. Fast forward to July 2017 – here I am in Quito, Ecuador, video chatting with my boyfriend, laughing about how I think I’ve found my own understanding of his saying, “Not my country” all of these years.  Before I experienced living in a different country, I, a U.S. citizen, had…

Comfort in the Quiet

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Uncategorized

Written by Erin Carden (current WorldTeach Thailand volunteer) Today marks 22 weeks that I’ve lived in Thailand. Despite the fact that I’ve lived here for almost half a year now I still sometimes have the urge to pinch myself “awake.” So much of my life here still feels like a dream because of the fact that it’s so completely different from the life I had before. And I don’t think this will change. I think I’m going to move back home to NYC and look back on my time in Thailand as some sort of surreal dream that I didn’t wake up from for several months. Living alone in rural Thailand has given me a different temperament, a new disposition,…

New Semester Perspective

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Thailand, Uncategorized

Written by Will Jobs (current WorldTeach Thailand volunteer).  To learn more, check out the awesome videos that Will has put together of his time in Thailand. The sun is just barely rising outside the bus windows as I start this post. I’m on the back of a cross-country bus in Thailand, traveling from Bangkok back to my teaching site in northern Thailand. Nine months ago I would never have believed how comfortable I would be with all of this. As a WorldTeach volunteer in Thailand, I have been living, teaching, and learning for the better part of a year in That Phanom, a small, rural town in Nakhon Phanom province, within the Isaan region (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isan). Each week I teach English to…

In Memory

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Marshall Islands, News & Highlights, Uncategorized

The Marshallese word “Yokwe” has multiple meanings and contexts. It is a greeting, a noun, and a verb, all the same. On a wooden sign to the side of the James C. de Brueys – WorldTeach Memorial Basketball Court on the Bikarej atoll in Arno, Marshall Islands, it means “to bid farewell”. On November 26, 2010, locals Baby Kaiko and her unborn child, Kiotak Jorsam, Anwel Ninne, and WorldTeach volunteer, James Clifton de Brueys were lost at sea as they attempted a short journey from Bikarej to Maduro. James was approaching his 23rd birthday at the time and had become a welcome member of the approximate 200 member Arno community. After his death, his family created the James de Brueys…