Cyclones and Tattoos and Adventures… OH MY.

Posted by Nolan Sutker in American Samoa, News & Highlights, Uncategorized

By Maggie Yurgielewicz, WorldTeach American Samoa Volunteer 2015-2016 Well, I can officially say that I have less than one month left on this beautiful island. I keep saying it, but it feels surreal. How could have 11 months passed so quickly? I have learned so much during my time living and teaching in American Samoa. I am extremely thankful for this experience and wouldn’t change it for the world. What will I miss the most? Wow. The thought of trying to make a list of all the things I’ll miss most is way to stressful… there are just too many!! I love this place and I have had an amazing year. Yes, of course there were some serious bumps in the…

Saying Kalanghan

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Micronesia, News & Highlights, Uncategorized

By Crystal Jackson, WorldTeach Micronesia Volunteer 2015-2016 I’ve lived in Pohnpei, Micronesia since July 2015 volunteering as an Oral English teacher to five sections of seniors at the largest school on the island, PICS (Pohnpei Island Central School), and I’d like to share my thanks to this amazing country that I’ve grown to know as my home for this year. I hope my thank you’s give you a glimpse into what life as a volunteer in Pohnpei looked like for me. The Island Pohnpei is probably one of the most amazing jungle islands on this entire planet. Although I have spent the year living in the main town, Kolonia, there have been many trips made around the island, out to villages and overnight to friends and family…

Granny Rose’s Teaching Adventures in Chuuk, FSM

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Uncategorized

My Teaching Adventures  in Chuuk, Micronesia (FSM)             by Rosezina Bard, Current WorldTeach Micronesia (Chuuk) Volunteer My name is Rosezina and I am a 67 year old retiree who made a decision in 2014 to get off the couch and use the life experiences and training I have gathered over the years to teach overseas. After working 30 years for the US Postal Service, five years as an Elementary Teacher, one year teaching Junior High in Taiwan, and teaching 38 years as a Sunday School teacher, I felt I had something I could offer to a program that needed committed teachers. Since I was 16 years old, I have always wanted to be a teacher….

Drive on the Good Side of the Road

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Guyana, News & Highlights

Reflections on Guyana: The Land of Many Waters by Nolan F. Sutker, Director of Communications You see in Guyana, away from the capital of Georgetown, you don’t drive on the right or the left, but you have to drive on the good side of the road. The cars dodge and weave to avoid pot holes that are only deepened by the rainy season. Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America, a previous colony of both the Dutch and the British; it has a heavy diaspora from Africa and East India.  On the precipice of their 50th anniversary as a nation, Guyana is beginning to define itself with the progressive Working People’s Alliance holding a majority of the government positions including…

We All Smile in the Same Language

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Colombia, News & Highlights, Uncategorized

by Cherryl Cannon, Current WorldTeach Colombia Volunteer It’s been exactly one year since I made the decision to embark on a new journey and decided it was time for me to fulfill my dream to travel and live abroad. However, I didn’t want to just become a tourist. I wanted to embrace another culture, speak a new language, travel to unknown places and make an impact in the city that I would call home for an entire year. So for the past three months, I’ve been fortunate enough to be living and working in Barranquilla, Colombia as a volunteer and English Teacher for WorldTeach. Since my departure, I’ve grown tremendously and have learned so much during my time.  Teaching I…

20 Classes and 1200 Plus Kids Later….

Posted by Nolan Sutker in China

20 classes, it’s a whole lot of kids. Spring term found my classrooms juggled around and whole new dynamics arose. My most advanced classes, 452 and 453, have “shrunk” to 41 students each. The rooms seemed empty at first. They still have their desks huddled together in a tight little clutch… and slowly fill all that space with books, books and more books. Students were added to other classes bringing them up to 70 students, the rooms are small enough that no more people can physically fit in. I squeeze myself sideways through the aisles, dodging the boxes of books and the long legs of the boys who’ve quickly outgrown their desks. My 1200+ students, the entire Senior 1 class…

A Year of Firsts

Posted by Nolan Sutker in China

By: Saskia Kroesen, WorldTeach China Volunteer My year in China has been a year full of firsts: my first year no longer a student, my first time moving to a foreign country alone, my first time living alone, my first time in Asia, my first time trying all sorts of delicious Chinese foods— the list goes on. But the first that stands out most is definitely my first time being a teacher. Sure, when I applied for a position with WorldTeach I was aware I would be teaching classes for the next year, and yes, during orientation while learning techniques on how to be a successful teacher I also knew that all of this was for a reason… but it…

Not Another Goodbye

Posted by Nolan Sutker in China

Sometimes, your WorldTeach year is so great that you have to do it again. Katie Scott, WorldTeach China volunteer, decided to return for a second year as you’ll read below. Interested in our WorldTeach China program? Check out our webinar happening at 7pm, today (Tuesday, April 5th) via this link:, Or head over to WorldTeach China’s page. — “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32) Please, not another goodbye. I can’t take it….

Island Life is Calling! Join us in the Pacific this summer!

Posted by WTTech in American Samoa, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, News & Highlights

Join our WorldTeach Pacific program. Depart this summer and teach in American Samoa or The Marshall Islands and Micronesia. Our Pacific programs are fully funded and fill teacher shortages in remote areas of need, apply today! Want more insight into our Pacific programs? Check our our Pacific webinar below, listen to previous volunteers discuss housing and teaching placements, cultural challenges, health and safety, training, living on a stipend, and more.

WorldTeach Launches New Website!

Posted by WTTech in News & Highlights

Welcome to the new WorldTeach website! Here you’ll find the same quality and community focused teacher volunteer programs we’ve had for 30 years with a fresh, new look. Take a glimpse into our current 11 year long programs and 7 summer programs. How did WorldTeach get started? Find out a bit more about how we’ve evolved and our major milestones. Interested in earning an accredited TEFL certification during your volunteer experience? WorldTeach provides all volunteers with an opportunity to gain your TEFL certification during your time of service. Ready to take the next step and become a WorldTeach volunteer? Begin your journey here   Thank you for your curiosity in WorldTeach and we hope you enjoy our new website and…