The Run

Posted by Heather Tang in Marshall Islands

Traveling abroad to work as a WorldTeach volunteer doesn’t mean giving up your hobbies from back home. Liz, a WorldTeach Marshall Islands volunteer, kept up her New Year’s Resolution of running even far from home, and found some unexpected fun and companionship in the process. Read on for her humorous take on the experience.     For several months I started running on the causeway to keep me sane. I decided to run with the goal of training for a half marathon when I get home. Ironically I just read the post in which my new year’s resolution last year was to start running seriously. Better late than never?   While I’ve never enjoyed running per se, I savor the…

A Simpler Style in Costa Rica

Posted by Heather Tang in Costa Rica

Spending a summer volunteering with WorldTeach can offer you possibilities you never thought imaginable. Kami, a summer WorldTeach Costa Rica volunteer, recounts how an experience during her summer in Costa Rica allowed her to see a simpler side of life.       I met a family that prefers a life that existed 30 years ago. They built a wooden house by the river in order to live simply. Granted, 30 years ago is not that long ago, but the way they live seemed like the pioneer days.   The day before I met this tico couple, I had been chatting with my yoga instructor. She was telling me how the people’s lives have changed so rapidly. She explained, “Kami,…

Helping Students Soar

Posted by Heather Tang in Guyana

Erin, a WorldTeach Guyana volunteer, reflects back on her first term as a teacher. She takes a look at the highs and lows in her personal and academic lives and realizes that the best part of being a teacher is watching her students succeed.       As the weeks have progressed, my experience got better and better. I began getting to know the kids and began to learn about their lives outside of the school compound. While giving a quiz to one of my 10th grade classes early in the term I told them to turn over their paper and write me a note, story, or ask me a question when they’d finished. I promised to respond. One boy,…

Teaching the Teacher in Poland

Posted by Heather Tang in Poland

During your time as a WorldTeach volunteer, you may find you are learning more than you’re teaching. Every day in the classroom offers a learning experience not only for your students, but for you as well. Cindy, a WorldTeach Poland volunteer, recounts how she came to see this paradox.       If you want to really learn something, try explaining it to someone else! I’m convinced the teachers are the ones who learn the most in the classroom. It’s gotta be true for me.   Last week was the most challenging as far as classroom management goes. I discovered quickly that the group is older than my previous groups — some just graduated from Primary School so consider themselves…

WorldTeach Chile Radio

Posted by Heather Tang in Chile

Eva, a WorldTeach Chile volunteer who just finished her 9-month service this week, created an NPR-like radio show with her extra-curricular students at her elementary school with the help of her father, who has a radio station in Tennessee. He is going to air the show publicly on their local station and we were given the opportunity to air it here for you. Take a listen!       Read more about Chile See all WorldTeach Blog posts

Jazz Chants in the Classroom

Posted by Heather Tang in Thailand

Teaching rarely looks the same from one classroom to the next. Some teachers lecture, some discuss, some dig in to activities with their students and others take a different approach based on their own interests. Noam, a WorldTeach Thailand volunteer, explains how he uses the rhythms found in Jazz Chants to teach his students English.   One of my favorite ways to help kids acquire vocabulary and a sense of the rhythms of the English language is with songs and Jazz Chants.   Jazz Chants were first created and named by teacher and pianist Carolyn Graham in the 60s. She started published her Jazz Chant books in the 70s and is still out on the road teaching others how to…

There is Always Room

Posted by Heather Tang in Thailand

During her WorldTeach experience, Caitlyn realized that family takes on a whole new meaning in Thailand.   One of the best things about living in teacher housing for the past year has been living in such an inclusive community. I live in a two-family house and our neighbors are Pi Khom, Pi Prayat and their adorable but mischievous daughter, Katjang.     After moving to Pla Pak last year, I quickly realized that family structures in Thailand are a bit different than what I’m used to in the States. Neighbors seem to be family by default, as everyone takes part in caring for each others’ children. Katjang loves to run up and down the street on our “block” and all…

Hospitality When You Least Expect It

Posted by Heather Tang in Marshall Islands

Sara, a Marshall Islands WorldTeach volunteer, reflects on the hospitality of her new neighbors and community.     I don’t think I have written much about how hospitable people here are. Today I was reminded of that during my run.   I was running the causeway, which at some parts is literally a dirt road in the ocean and at parts closer to the islands it gets wider to include little beaches and trees. As I was on my way back to Guegeegue I noticed some young boys off to the ocean side of the road. They seemed to be playing on the rocks near the shore. As I ran past them they motioned to me, so I stopped running…

Holidays Away From Home

Posted by Heather Tang in China

Even though many WorldTeach volunteers spend their holiday season away from their home and families, they certainly do not spend it alone. Alyssa, a WorldTeach China volunteer, recounts her non-traditional Thanksgiving surrounded by her new friends and colleagues.       Winter has finally arrived here in China, but without the typical holiday festiveness in the air. Holidays are the hardest time while living abroad and you need to make sure you find ways to make it your own. As I sit here, freezing my little buns off because China has yet to discover central heat or insulation, and because winter in Changsha consists of rain, lots of it and a constant temp between 39-45 degrees F, I realize I…

College Prep in Pohnpei

Posted by Heather Tang in Micronesia

While your time as a WorldTeach volunteer may be limited, your impact is certainly not. Volunteers have an abundance of opportunities to get involved in the larger community and make long lasting impacts. Whitney, a WorldTeach Micronesia volunteer, discusses the creation of a college preparation program for her students. Along with one of my Peace Corps friends, Amber, I’m starting a college prep program for senior students who are interested in attending college in the United States next year. Students applied to the program with a 5 paragraph essay, based on the following questions: Why do you deserve to attend college in the US? What makes you different from other Pohnpeians your age? What do you see yourself doing in…