Country Programs

 

Letters from Costa Rica: Mil Gracias!

Posted by Heather Tang in Costa Rica

As 2012 comes to a close, the WorldTeach Costa Rica volunteers are preparing to leave the schools and communities of which they were a part for the past year. In reflecting on the time spent teaching and learning from their students, the teachers came together to release their second newsletter of the year. In it they shared the pictures, thoughts, lessons, and stories from Costa Rica that they will bring with them wherever they are off to next!     The newsletter opened with some moving letters that the volunteers wrote to their host families, students, and the entire country of Costa Rica. Here’s one by Meggie Heffernan that truly captures what volunteering is all about:   Dear Costa Rica,…

Colombian Lessons: “Oh, The Places You’ll Go”

Posted by Heather Tang in Colombia

On November 16, WorldTeach volunteer Kate Bailey taught her last class to her students at El Colegio Minuto de Dios in Bogota, Columbia. After a year teaching, Kate has grown to have a personal connection with each of her 9th and 10th grade students. Now, as she prepares to return to the United States, she shares this gift with her students and supporters, teaching one last lesson about education, language, and love. Thanks for sharing, Kate!   Well, that’s it. My final day of classes. I ended each section with personal notes to each of my students and I read them “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” by the one and only Dr. Seuss. It was an emotional day for me…

Here Comes the Bride!

Posted by Heather Tang in Namibia

WorldTeach volunteer Hilary Kovalchik has been living and teaching English in Namibia for almost a year now. A couple weeks ago she was invited to take part in an authentic Namibian wedding! In this post she shares the once-a-lifetime experience during which she was able to see the surprising similarities and differences between American and Namibian ceremonies. Thanks for sharing Hilary, and good luck to the beautiful couple!     Last weekend, my housemate’s girlfriend’s brother was married. Naturally, I was invited to the wedding reception. The bride and groom were married on Saturday, in the bride’s village, far away from Ekoka. On Sunday, they returned to the groom’s family homestead for the reception with his family in Ekoka, which…

An Open Letter to My Students

Posted by Heather Tang in Colombia

WorldTeach volunteer Brighid Carey’s time teaching English in Colombia is drawing to a close. When she was asked to write a letter for the school newspaper, she decided to make it an honest account of her successes, friendships, and challenges – all the things that defined her time in Colombia. Thanks for sharing, Brighid!     My school year is rapidly coming to a close – simultaneously speeding and dragging towards November 16th. I’m trying to conclude chapters and concepts while the kids have thrown all discipline out the window in favor of not shutting up ever. I was asked to write something about my experience at GMSB this year for the school newspaper, and it didn’t seem right to…

A Day in the Life: WorldTeach Tanzania

Posted by Heather Tang in Tanzania

Ever wonder what a typical day is like for a WorldTeach volunteer? Watch this amazing video to share in the daily experiences of Lauren Godfrey, who volunteered at the Muyenzi Secondary School in Tanzania. Follow Lauren as she goes through her life’s everyday adventures with its morning motorcycle rides, debate club meetings, soccer matches, and trips to the town’s market!     Thank you, Lauren, for creating this video, and for the fantastic work you’ve done in Tanzania!   To see more videos about daily life volunteering abroad, check out the WorldTeach Youtube channel. For more information about WorldTeach programs, visit our website at www.worldteach.org. If you have any additional questions, feel free to email us at info@worldteach.org or give us a…

Recipe for Success

Posted by Heather Tang in Ecuador

WorldTeach volunteer Rachael Turken has been living with a family in Riobamba, Ecuador since early October. Although Ecuador is a leading producer of bananas, she was surprised to find that her family had never tasted banana bread and decided to spend the day baking a loaf for them. Read on as she tells this great story of baking, friendship, and the cultural exchange that goes on even outside the classroom. Thanks for sharing, Rachael!     Well, well, well. You would think that a family that lives in a country who is one of the top banana producers in the world would have had banana bread before. Go figure . . . my host family had not.  So, I took…

To Say Goodbye

Posted by Heather Tang in Thailand

After spending a year teaching English at a primary school in the province of Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, WorldTeach volunteer Noam Szoke has returned home to San Francisco. In this blog post, he reflects upon his work in Thailand, and the amazing experiences and friendships that have helped him find his purpose in everything he does. Thanks for sharing, Noam!     The last post is here. It was inevitable.   I still find myself disoriented when I wake up in the middle of the night, and slightly so first thing in the morning. Ah, yes, here I am! I’m eating oranges and apples instead of mangoes and pineapples. No rice fields, no Kwai. In San Francisco we have cold; We…

Halloween!

Posted by Heather Tang in American Samoa

WorldTeach volunteer Stephanie Boyer has been teaching in American Samoa since July. Last Wednesday, she was treated to a strange day at school: Halloween! It turns out that the celebration in American Samoa isn’t all too different from that in the United States with its candy, costumes, and craziness! Thanks for sharing your story, Stephanie.     Halloween. Yes, it is celebrated here in American Samoa, and yes, the students get equally as rowdy. Going into this holiday with the knowledge that my kids were going to be sugar high, holiday high, and probably just all around high, I planned to have my kids do scary stories competition and the winner would get… more candy (munchies and a prize, hell…

A Birthday Surprise in Chile!

Posted by Heather Tang in Chile

Megan McDonough has been teaching English through WorldTeach since July. Recently, she celebrated her birthday and was delighted to discover that her students had planned a surprise for her, complete with food, balloons, and flowers! In her blog, she shares this great story, along with a few others about her experience teaching in Paihuano! Happy birthday, Megan!     Last week was my birthday. I celebrated twice with the other volunteers(once in their home and the other in La Serena), but I wasn’t expecting to celebrate much in school because not many people at my schools knew that it was my birthday. One of the teachers at my school in Diaguitas did though and he apparently told not only his…

Change and Be Changed: Reflections from the First Female Teacher in a Tanzania School

Posted by Heather Tang in Tanzania

Arriving as the only woman at the Bukiriro School in Tanzania is certainly intimidating, but WorldTeach volunteer Elizabeth Martin has handled the experience with the utmost skill. Teaching math to classes of up to 75 students, Elizabeth has come to realize that the most important learning happens outside of the typical classroom setting. In this CNN iReport, she tells of her life during the first five weeks teaching at the Bukiriro School. Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth!     “Welcome to Tanzania! You will be teaching at Bukiriro Secondary School in Rulenge-Ngara. Karibu sana!” I stepped off the plane in Dar es Salaam with only two backpacks of life essentials, a few words of Swahili written on my hand, and too many…