Focusing on Making a Difference

Posted by WTTech in American Samoa

2It can be difficult to make it a difference in the workplace when you’re always caught off guard. This week’s blogpost comes straight to you from American Samoa, where Sneha Chiliveru shares with us what it’s like to have some of your expectations met, some dashed away in the first week of teaching, and some, well, surprises! Volunteering to teach abroad on the island of American Samoa can feel like a bit of a dream before the work settles in, but as it does, you learn to be grateful for what you have, grateful for what brought you to this moment in life, and you assume a very natural focus. The students come first. They always have.  Enjoy Sneha’s insightful…

Changsha Foreign Languages School by Emily Chambers

Posted by WTTech in China

Hey everyone, my name is George and I’m the newest Marketing and Publicity Intern at WorldTeach this year. I only arrived 3 weeks ago to Cambridge to help connect the world of avid travelers, learners, and teachers with WorldTeach, but this organization has been coordinating something I’ve believed strongly in for some time now. Preparing teachers to prepare students for the more complex challenges in life is something we all benefit from, and the following blogpost from Emily Chambers (WorldTeach, China 2015) is just the kind of example we cherish here at the office. Other volunteer abroad programs out there may leave you stranded under stressful circumstances in which to teach, but it’s clear that with WorldTeach, teachers like Emily,…

Meet Liz Blanco

Posted by WTTech in Colombia, Ecuador, Micronesia

Meet Elizabeth Blanco, smart, sharp, humble, and the newest WorldTeach Program Manager for Colombia, Ecuador, and Micronesia. Having started only a few weeks ago in the office, Liz has a much deeper relationship with WorldTeach than she makes it seem. A few years ago she was working as a Buyer and Merchandiser for a grocery store in Los Angeles when she decided to take little detour in her career. Buying and bringing in the products, working with the margins, and attending trade shows was just becoming underwhelming. She thought back to her 6-month trip to Guam to stay with family and realized that the island was calling her back like the gentle crash of the ocean at night. Taking time…

7 Questions with Chris Hayden ’14-15 Marshall Islands

Posted by WTTech in Marshall Islands

(Chris Hayden’s original song, Steady) Remember that post about how talented WorldTeach volunteers? Well, we have another alumni to feature today–Chris Hayden, Marshall Islands 2014-2015. 7 QUESTIONS WITH CHRIS HAYDEN 1) Before we start, I just want to ask if photography is a hobby/profession of yours. I know you as sojourn. studios on instagram, aka the guy who posts beautiful instagram pictures. I love looking at them on the WorldTeach feed and I just want to know more about your work! C: Photography started off as a hobby. I went to school for architecture, and at the time my brother had a nice camera and I would borrow it for architectural stuff. From that, I met with photography-enthusiasts, who introduced…

Day In A Life: Monday Morning in Thailand

Posted by WTTech in Thailand

When I woke up this morning, it was still dark out. I carefully exited my mosquito net to turn off my both alarm and the air conditioning unit at 5:30 while the birds were starting to chirp and the motorcycle repair shop across the street was already starting work for the day (less pastoral). I’ve been trying to remain hydrated, so I like to get my water bottle and climb back into bed to drink it. And by bed, I mean “Thai rolling mattress on top of a rock solid mattress ensconced in a mosquito net”. It’s not fancy, but I’m sure it’s great for my back or something like that… Now that I have a coffee maker, I can…

Disappearing Islands

Posted by WTTech in Marshall Islands

by: Shierly Mondianti “It’s disturbingly easy to write off a country you’ve never seen.” A month ago, we shared on Facebook a CNN article regarding the effects of climate change on the Marshall Islands. At WorldTeach we send hundreds of volunteers to the Pacific Islands. Many of our alums started the program with little to no knowledge of the pacific islands, but they left with invaluable memories of their daily interaction with the local community. The telltale signs of a disappearing island is obvious. One of our WT alums shared this with us: “I spent a year on Majuro with WT and lived with a family at Laura Beach. During that year we lost nearly 3 feet of beach to high (King)…

Erika Utter Interview: Returning from American Samoa

Posted by WTTech in American Samoa

By: Shierly Mondianti In this week’s blogpost, I sat down with my fellow intern, Erika Utter, who is our Alumni Engagement intern. Erika recently returned from American Samoa, and I thought that it would be a great opportunity to interview her and share her experience on the blog. Check out the scoop below: (S: Shierly, E: Erika) S: Erika, tell me more about yourself—what were you doing before WorldTeach (WT), what made you decide to start with WT, and why American Samoa? E: I was working in Atlanta, GA at a doggie day care. A friend from college wrote a post about WorldTeach finding volunteers for American Samoa, and I was intrigued. S: Talk me through your day in American Samoa….

WorldTeach Got Talent—Jess Medeiros China’14

Posted by WTTech in China

by: Shierly Mondianti WorldTeach has attracted many budding singers, musicians, swimmers, divers, techies and builders, among others. Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds, and their experiences and hobbies add value to the students they teach and the communities that they serve abroad. I will proudly say that our volunteer teachers are probably one of the most motivated, ambitious and talented people out there. You would think that after a long day of teaching that our volunteers would want to simply rest and relax in the comfort of their home. Well, not WorldTeach’s volunteers! Jess Medeiros (China’14), is a great example of someone who really immersed herself with the local culture. During her spare time in China, Jess would post YouTube…

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 If you have any additional questions, feel free to email us at or give us a call at 857.259.6646!

Music in Micronesia: Creating a Studio-Production Company (Jayden, Chuuk ’14)

Posted by WTTech in Micronesia

  Interview by: Shierly Mondianti, Marketing and Publicity Intern   This week, I set up an informal interview to chat with one of our amazing WT alum, Jayden, Chuuk ’14.   While at Chuuk, Micronesia, Jayden set up a sustainable studio-production business at Chuuk High School to record the beautiful voices in the island. Before we move on to the interview, here is an audio clip that Jayden shared with us:   Here are some of the things he had to say: (S: Shierly; J: Jayden)   S: Jayden, tell me more about yourself—what were you doing before WT, what made you decide to start with WT, and why Micronesia? J: Before WT, I was a music producer. I always wanted to travel around 25;…