Don’t Mind the Sheep in the Bathroom

Posted by WTTech in Namibia

If eighteen months ago you had asked me where I would like to travel in the world, I never would have named Namibia in the list of countries. That changed when my daughter Elizabeth announced that she would be spending a year there to teach English. Elizabeth volunteered with the international program WorldTeach, which placed her in the village of Omatjete (pronounced OMA-she-tay) to teach fifth through seventh graders for most of 2014. My wife Susan and I of course found time to visit, making the visit this past July. *2,500 miles of scenic touring later, we have a National Geographic-like set of safari photos, some incredibly beautiful memories, and a daughter who fell in love with her students and a…

New Opportunities

Posted by WTTech in Namibia

WorldTeach alumna Kristin continues to support learners in Namibia long after her return home to the United States. Walalapo, friends! Remember that time that I lived in Namibia for a year? Well, I may not be in the village anymore (though my table manners would make you think otherwise), but I still have some news from Omege for you! Way back when in October 2013, I started a fundraiser to provide school uniform shoes to all of the learners at my school that could not afford them. I was overwhelmed by the generosity of friends, family, and acquaintances, as I received more than enough funds to cover the 60+ pairs of shoes that were purchased and distributed. After all of…

A Day in the Life of a Nepal Summer Volunteer

Posted by WTTech in Nepal

  I start off my morning waking up begrudgingly as I never seem to get enough sleep, however the Nepalese appear to need far less sleep than Americans do.  I wear ear plugs to keep out the sounds of the mosquitoes buzzing around my mosquito net and the ruthless barking and whining of a rather large German Shepherd, who looks at me like I could be his next meal.  His name is Laika. After waking up, I collect my towel, wash rag, change of clothes for the day and sleepily walk to the bathroom, which is upstairs and I take a cold shower that, in hindsight, actually gives me no choice but to wake up, which is fine with me….


Posted by WTTech in Morocco

WorldTeach is now accepting applications for 2015 summer programs. Here, summer alum Nikhil reflects on the end of his experience as a volunteer teacher in Morocco.    At the end of last week, I stated that there would definitely be some moments that I would miss from this internship experience, and this week cemented that belief.  This week brought with it two moments of anticipation, the first being a party that us volunteers wanted to throw for a some of our students on Wednesday night.  The second was successfully completing our teaching stint at the Sidi Moumen Cultural Centre.   As for the event that we decided to throw, we figured that it should some traditional American games that would…

Grade 7 Greatness

Posted by WTTech in South Africa

WorldTeach summer volunteer Britney shares some of her experience in South Africa.   Last week was the start of the holiday break around here, which means we all started working. A few of the volunteers, myself included, are working at a place called the Pink House in Masiphumelele. We are working with Grade 7 students and creating workshops to help with reading and writing (especially in English) and increasing self-esteem. We have been doing different activities to have them focus on what they like about themselves and focusing on how wonderful and different they all are. We are encouraging them to create these things in English and in Xhosa and we have had the kids even help us create some…

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Namibia

Posted by WTTech in Namibia

As WT volunteer Elizabeth adjusted to Namibian culture, she learned proper hitchhiking technique, here demonstrated by three of her enthusiastic learners.   As I have often mentioned in previous posts, hitchhiking, known here colloquially as simply “hiking,” is the most common mode of transport in Namibia. In the village, few people own their own cars, so the only way to travel out of the village is to catch a ride with those who do.   But, I bet you are wondering, how do you even go about getting a hike? I thought I would show you by taking you on a virtual hike, from Omatjete to Omaruru! I can tell you are so excited; let’s go. First things first, you…

Celebrations in Tanzania

Posted by WTTech in Tanzania

This holiday season, WT volunteer Chelsea shares a story of a Tanzanian celebration.   Celebrations in Tanzania come in all shapes and sizes. Drumming coming from the village huts all night long, various high-pitched yell/screams, fake flower decorations, dancing, and LONG impromptu speeches are just some of the aspects of celebrations I have witnessed or have had personal involvement. Last weekend we had a celebration for one of our fellow teachers who got married in September. The day before we gave some money for a gift and we were told that the celebration would begin at 1 pm in the staff room the following day.   The next day at about 11 am we were called outside to begin the…

China Ed. 101

Posted by WTTech in China

WorldTeach volunteer Amanda deconstructs some common assumptions about the Chinese education system. I mentioned at the end of my previous vlog that I’d had a bit of an eye-opening encounter with the Chinese educational system. I’ve been wanting to expound on just what I meant by that, but it’s been quite the task finding a spare minute to do so. Wonderfully, we were given a random three days off from teaching for the middle and high schools’ sports days. Problem, solved. So, like I said in the video, I feel like the perception we Americans have of education in China is pretty flawed. Now, I hate to generalize, so for all of you enlightened Americans out there who already know…

Project: Dictionary

Posted by WTTech in Tanzania

WorldTeach volunteer Abby Skelton needs your help to get dictionaries to her students in Tanzania.    In the English Syllabus prescribed by the Tanzanian Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, every form has a unit called “Using a Dictionary.” I happen to believe that this is a very important unit – especially when you are learning a second language. Whether it’s English or English-Swahili, dictionaries are instrumental in comprehension. Herein lies the problem: at a school of 131 students – and growing – we have two and a half standard English dictionaries and it seems like only three students per class of thirty to forty have an English-Swahili dictionary.   Maybe it was just my household, but growing up, there…

A Letter to My Pre-Namibian Self

Posted by WTTech in Namibia

WorldTeach alumna Elizabeth has some words of wisdom for her pre-WorldTeach self.     Dear Pre-Namibia Elizabeth,   I see you, packing your bags, saying goodbyes, freaking out, and above all, wondering just what this year will bring. Having just lived through it, I thought I would send you off with a few words of advice: First off, big bugs will dive bomb you while you lay in bed and read by the glowing light of your kindle. Try not to take it personally.   Your first few weeks at site will be your hardest, and you will question everything – your desire to come, you abilities, your ambition, your sanity. Push through. It will get easier and you will…