It’s Always a Good Time to Begin

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Colombia, Ecuador, Micronesia, News & Highlights

Below you’ll find the story of Mary Nolan, one of our more experienced WorldTeach volunteer teachers. She recently began her third year and different country placement with WorldTeach. Mary serves as an inspiration to all of us as she continues to travel the world on her journey to global citizenship and understanding. Below is a glimpse into her story….. Having lived in Ireland all my life, in 2013, I decided it was time to see some more of the world. In that year I applied to WorldTeach to take part in one of their volunteer teaching programs and went to the island of Pohnpei in Micronesia. During that year – July 2013 to May 2014 – I taught computer applications…

We are Tied to the Ocean

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Micronesia, News & Highlights

By WorldTeach Micronesia volunteer Monica Krebs, 2015 When I signed up to be a WorldTeach volunteer on the tiny island of Weno in Chuuk, Micronesia, I knew I was going to be spending ten months living and teaching in a very isolated region of the globe. But it wasn’t until I watched the small green islands materialize out of the endless blue we’d been flying through for hours that I began to realize just what it meant to be moving to a place that, when zoomed out in Google Maps, appears to be just ocean. Home to the international airport, the state hospital, and two dive resorts, Weno is Chuuk’s most developed island. Even so, life there is much quieter…

From Micronesia with love – or why you should start packing

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

By Ariela Moraru, WT Micronesia volunteer 2015-2016 Ariela is a free spirit. Originally from Transylvania in the heart of Romania, Ariela was a WT volunteer in Weno, Chuuk, Micronesia (2015-16). She taught literature to five 10th grade sections at Chuuk High School and co-facilitated Chuuk Women’s Council’s Young Women Empowerment Program. She’s lived in Romania, the US, Paris and London, and travelled to over 30 countries. Life is for experimenting and multiple identities. Why be one thing and live in one place for your whole life? Why not be the teacher, the dancer, the writer, the researcher, the soul searcher – you name it. My soul cannot be defined by a nationality and cannot be contained within the borders of…

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…

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.

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…

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;…

Meinseng Mwahu! (Good Morning!): A Day in the Life (Pohnpei, Micronesia)

Posted by WTTech in Micronesia

This week, we are featuring one of our current volunteers, Laura Tracy, who is serving in Kolonia, Pohnpei. Read on to find out how Laura spends her day in this Micronesia Island: 6:50am Alarm goes off (meinseng mwahu; good morning!) 7:15am Laura actually gets out of bed 7:17am Jump in the freezing cold shower (but feeling good since you woke up sweating already!) 7:30am Breakfast time! Heat up coffee, scramble up some eggs, eat a local carat (Cah-Rah-ch) banana 8:00am Get dressed in local skirt, throw hair up in a bun and head out on the 10 minute walk to PICS 8:30am Morning bell (aka old oxygen diving tank) is rung to signal start of homeroom. I’m already sweating profusely from my walk to school, better get used to it! 8:50am-12:30pm I…

‘Mahlia goe’ from Kapinga Village

Posted by WTTech in Micronesia

WorldTeach Micronesia volunteer Laura Tracy describes a traditional Kapingese celebration:   Kapingamarangi; an outer atoll of Pohnpei located about 740km south of the island, population less than 500, Polynesian heritage   Kapinga (Pohnrakiet) Village; a small village on Pohnpei where many immigrants from Kapingamarangi atoll live while on island, also shared with the people from Nukuoro atoll   March 15th; a day of celebration similar to Thanksgiving in the Kapingamarangi culture   “Mahlia goe” (MAH-lee-ah-koi); greeting in the Kapingamarangi language   A few weeks ago, I had the joy of experiencing a very unique cultural celebration here on Pohnpei. I have many students that are from islands other than Pohnpei, coming from places like Palau, Chuuk, Kosrae, and even smaller islands…

Death at a Funeral, and Lots of Women Dancing

Posted by WTTech in Micronesia

WorldTeach volunteer Laura has only a few months left on the island of Pohnpei in Micronesia. Kaselehlie, I can’t begin to fathom that I have less than three months left here on Pohnpei. This year has turned out to be one of the calmest moments of my life, filled with many moments of thinking and just being. It is commonly said that Pohnpeians are “expert sitters”, as life here can often be slow, calm, and at times all you can do is just sit and take it all in (and at many times there’s honestly nothing else to do). If anything, this place has taught me to just relax, which can be expected from living on an island for a year….