Country Programs


Pre and Post Teaching

Posted by Heather Tang in Tanzania

Working in a school in another country will certainly make you to think about your preconceived notions of the education system, and will sometimes require you to put them aside. Schools in all of the countries WorldTeach partners with vary a great deal and flexibility will be one of your keys for success. When you open your mind to new ways of looking at learning and teaching, you will find that you can make a real impression on your students that you will both be able to feel and see.   Megan, a WorldTeach Tanzania volunteer, shares her first classroom experience in Tanzania followed by one of her last days and some reflections on her experience.   From October 6,…

Weekends: Thai-Style

Posted by Heather Tang in Thailand

While our volunteers spend most of their time in the classroom, there are plenty of oppertunities on the weekends to relax and explore the area. Below, current Thailand volunteer Kerry Tanney describes a trip to see some local attractions, including a dried-up waterfall and a “sleeping” volcano.   “Kerry, what are you doing on Saturday and Sunday?” “Um … I’m not sure … maybe go to Nakhon Phanom?” “Do you want to go to a waterfall?” “Ok, sure, what day? What time?” “Sunday … I think early morning.”   This is a typical conversation between Sumet and I over lunch, either on a Tuesday or a Friday, and exchanged in a mix of Thai and English, in I am being…

I teach Kindergarten?!?

Posted by Heather Tang in Thailand

Our WorldTeach volunteer Noam Szoke gives us a taste of this experience in his recent blog post. While teaching in Thailand, Noam was forced to step out of his “teaching comfort zone” and instruct younger students – something he never thought he wanted to do. In the end, Noam adored teaching these Thai children. Check out the great images Noam has shared with us!   Look, cute little ones, all lined up, holding up pictures of apples, wearing name tags. I teach Kindergarten!     I’m still in disbelief that I am teaching Kindergarten. In fact, one of my classes is more like pre-school aged! And I have to admit I enjoy it. Those of you who know me professionally…

Giving, and Looking, Back

Posted by Heather Tang in Chile

Kristy Hui, who has just recently returned from the WorldTeach Chile Semester program, shares reflections on her experience and the rewards of an independent fundraising initiative. Welcome home, Kristy!!     Two things that I had never done before WorldTeach: live in a foreign country where I didn’t know the language, and fundraise for a project independently. I was able to accomplish both through being a part of WorldTeach this year, and I am very grateful. I was a volunteer in the WorldTeach Chile Semester 2010 program and taught English to an amazing group of 7th to 12th grade girls for 4 months. I was placed in Colegio Republica de Columbia, an all-girls public school in Viña del Mar. Although…

Mzumbe Running

Posted by WTTech in Tanzania

For many of our WorldTeach volunteers, staying in shape while serving abroad is a priority both as a way of developing a daily routine in a new home as well as a great way to relieve stress and unwind after a challenging day of teaching and straining to understand a foreign language. WorldTeach volunteer Matt Mills shares below the adventures of his daily running routine in Mzumbe, Tanzania.     For anyone who may or may not be aware, running is a very big constant in my life and has been for many many years. Even back at home when I’m at my busiest, I always found time to run on a regular basis- almost everyday. When I came to…


Posted by Heather Tang in Chile

Another WorldTeach day-in-the-life from Chile Semester volunteer Lauren Lastra, reporting from her site in gorgeous Peñablanca. We are still accepting applications for both our year-long and semester-long programs in Chile for 2011, departing in March and July, respectively.     6:55am- I awake from my Dreamland to the sound of my alarm. beep! beep! BEEP! Somehow I always know its coming and wake up just moments before it goes off, wishing, hoping for a few extra minutes of sleep. I roll over, slip on my pantuflas (slippers), and turn on the lights. My body still longing for some shut-eye, I crawl back into my warm, cozy wool blankets and check my email all the while applying my mascara and lip-gloss….

Living, Breating, and Eating Isaan

Posted by Heather Tang in Thailand

A big part of cultural adjustment, enjoyment, and sometimes difficulty for all of our volunteers revolves around food and the daily diet in a new environment where cuisine, traditions around eating, and available produce differ dramatically from those we are accustomed to. Below, WorldTeach Thailand volunteer Caitlyn Pisarski tells us about the food culture at her site and in her home.       My WorldTeach roommate Steph and I have a pretty sweet deal when it comes to living arrangements. Our Thai roommate, Pi Yok, prepares or buys our food every night so we never have to worry about where to find our next meal after a long day of teaching. This convenience does come with some setbacks (my…

Community Ties: An Unexpected Honor

Posted by Heather Tang in Thailand

WorldTeach Thailand volunteer Caitlyn Pisarski writes about taking part in a cultural ritual that drew her into her community and helped her re-connect with her experience, her colleagues and her students.       This picture is a result of a string-tying ceremony I was a part of last Thursday at Wang Yang Elementary School. These ceremonies are an important ritual in Thailand, usually performed when someone enters or leaves a community, or when two people are wed. The ceremony I attended last week was to welcome the newly appointed principal to our school and say goodbye to the former; Teacher Bai-Khao was to receive strings as well, unbeknown to me until the ceremony was underway!   The ceremony started…

Wai Kru: Teacher Appreciation

Posted by Heather Tang in Thailand

WorldTeach Thailand volunteer Kate Mast writes below about discovering and participating in the Thai tradition of teacher appreciation day…   Today was “Wai Kru”, teacher appreciation day, in Thailand. After reciting a few Buddhist prayers and singing traditional “Wai Kru” songs the students presented the teachers with flowers and paid their respect by bowing (“wai”, means to bow and “Kru” means teacher) on the ground at their teacher’s feet.   At first I felt a little uneasy. Coming from America I would never expect a student to give me flowers and pretty much bow down to my “greatness” just because they were thankful for my lessons. It made me feel a little uncomfortable to have students bowing down to the…