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

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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…

Finding the Pull Factor: A Guyana volunteer inspires a love for knowledge in her community

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“Education needs to work by pull not push” This quote is from a TedTalk by Charles Leadbeater, British author and innovation consultant who speaks on the importance of innovation in different fields. In this particular TedTalk, Leadbeater covers educational innovation in slums and the need for a new method of drawing children to schools in third world environments. A point he emphasized was the need to create an incentive, a motivation of some type in order to give children a reason to want to come to school and learn. In third world countries, it can be so easy for students to abandon traditional education in exchange for a way to make money quickly in order to make ends meet. The…

Contemplating the Difference in Namibia

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The mission of WorldTeach is to partner with governments and other organizations in developing countries to provide volunteer teachers to meet local needs and promote responsible global citizenship. One of the most important parts of promoting global citizenship is facilitating cross-cultural exchange and changing traditional perspectives, including ours and that of the people who we encounter abroad.  Elizabeth Skurdahl, who is currently teaching in Namibia, relays her experience in Namibia as someone from a completely different cultural background. She tells us of her take on the process of changing traditional perspectives of race and creating a greater cultural understanding.    Well, the first week of term 2 is officially over! The kids came back on Tuesday (although we didn’t start…

Giving Back to Get: Reflections from a WorldTeach Guyana Volunteer

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“Guyanese people have taught me to genuinely care for a wide range of people, from stranger to close friend, from student to family. Everyone takes care of everyone in Guyana. Self preservation isn’t a term that can be used to describe someone who lives in Bartica, or Guyana as a whole.” For many, teaching and living abroad starts a process of personal growth where one discovers more about themselves and the world around them. They gain a greater understanding of different cultures, as well as a sense of social responsibility derived from living in such close knit communities for the duration of their stay.  Previously, we mentioned Mariah’s experience in Guyana and her quest to create a library for the children of…

Work Hard, Play Harder. End-of-Term Break Traveling Experience from a WorldTeach Namibia Volunteer

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World Teach volunteer Brian Park has been in Namibia for half a year now. Read on to hear about his end-of-term vacation where he took advantage of his free time and embarked on numerous adventures which included traveling through Namibia, South Africa, Botswana and Zambia, and immersing himself in unique adventures after a long hard semester. Exams and end-of-term were rough, I’ll admit. There was a lot of disorganization and confusion about creating our own examinations, proctoring, and marking. Needless to say, I was feeling pretty stressed, on top of the already-present burnout that I was going through before exams.   SIDE NOTE: Lessons learned during Term 1.   1. Don’t ask for permission, just go ahead and do it….

Teacher Appreciation, Coconuts & Fist-Pounds in American Samoa

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Teacher Appreciation Day is like Christmas for WorldTeach Volunteers. Our volunteers are treated like royalty around the globe. Schools host all day festivals, invite teachers for delicious meals, and students give handmade gifts and treats. Although food and gifts are wonderful and welcome, there is nothing more rewarding than a simple ‘thank you’ from one’s students. Saul and Chelsia in American Samoa share their Teacher Appreciation Day experiences. There’s an entire week devoted to students appreciating their teachers here in American Samoa. In the States, I’m pretty sure there’ s a Teacher Appreciation Day (and I only know that because Target has cards for just about every occasion).  Teacher Appreciation Week is serious business where the students feel compelled to let you know how much they appreciate you even if…

An “Everlasting Impression” in Guyana

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What is the real impact of a WorldTeach volunteer? It differs in each classroom, school, community, and country. Each volunteer defines him or herself differently, and shapes their year of service exactly how they want it to be. They may arrive to the country not knowing what that experience will look like, or what connections will be made, but with the help of their new communities, they dig their own path. Mariah Parker, who is currently teaching in Guyana, realized she wanted to leave a impact on her new community that would exist after her departure. Read excerpts below from her blog as she tracks the progress of an unexpected project that will definitely add to her legacy in Guyana. How…

An International Interview: A Brit in the Marshall Islands

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Meet Gareth Williams. Gareth joined WorldTeach Marshall Islands in July 2013, and is now completing his year of service, before hopping over to Micronesia to continue a second year teaching with WorldTeach. GoOverseas, an online source of program reviews for those seeking and researching meaningful travel abroad, interviewed Gareth about his time with WorldTeach in the Marshall Islands. Read the interview below, and check out our alumni reviews at GoOverseas.    Why did you decide to teach with Worldteach in the Marshall Islands? There were a few factors that really weighed heavily on choosing Worldteach and the RMI. I had wanted to get back into Teaching English as a Foreign Language for a long time since doing my post-grad in Education. I…

Continuing the connection: Life after WorldTeach

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In life, there are headlines, and there are page 14 stories.  WorldTeach is, without a doubt, a headline.    You mentally and physically prepare yourself for months or years before making the transition abroad. You put all your energy and resources into ensuring your experience is as valuable, challenging, and altering as possible. You live every moment to its fullest, because you know this experience is rare, unique, and may not last forever. Trips to the market are full of cultural lessons and challenges, and you learn more on a bus than you ever did in a classroom. Your students treat you like a celebrity. Your community does the same, but perhaps with more confusion.   Returning home can sometimes…

American Samoa: Siva Samoa!

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One of the most beautiful aspects of WorldTeach is that our volunteers become part of their community, outside of the classroom. For some individuals, this is through sports teams, language classes, social events, traveling. At the beginning of the year, you think, “how am I going to make friends, how am I going to find my place in this foreign world?” And then all of a sudden, it just happens. It happens because you put yourself out there, it happens because these communities where we serve are so grateful and excited to be a part of our lives. And then, you find yourself dancing with your students, at your Principal’s house, on a Friday night… Friday, March 21st (shortly after…