American Samoa Tag

 

Transportation in American Samoa

Posted by Nolan Sutker in American Samoa

Written by Eilleen Hummer, a WorldTeach volunteer in American Samoa. You can find more on her personal blog here. Well, let’s just say to keep track of the last thing I have written in my blog and the next thing to talk about I pre write them in my notes section. I also use my photos to help remind myself of everything that has happened in the past weeks, so I don’t leave anything out. It’s also a important reminder to go through and delete all the photos my students take of themselves, which is a lot, when I leave my phone sitting out. I always find new photos in my phone when I let students “dj” in class. I have…

e fofo le alamea le alamea — johannah fields in American Samoa

Posted by Nolan Sutker in American Samoa

“The cure for alamea is alamea.” Cultural transition is always one of my favorite parts of travel. The new sights, smells, people, climate… I love having the opportunity to see it all. The other side of that same coin is that it is also very noticiably draining. Here in American Samoa with the welcoming, boisterous people, loud (and sometimes aggressive) dogs and chickens, the tropical climate, and just the island way of life as a whole, there are many, multi-layered elements that add to the daily excitement. As a palagi (white person), it is also very overwhelming at times. It is comforting to have a community of people here in the WorldTeach fam that are simultaneously experiencing the same transition….

The Idle, Collective Beauty of American Samoa

Posted by WTTech in American Samoa

“One of the prompts was ‘If you were given one million dollars, what would you do with it?’ – almost 95% of the students said they would give it to their family and others. Another one that stands out is “if you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be”, and again the majority of the students answered they wouldn’t want to leave the island because this is where their family is and they like their way of life here. My thoughts on this are conflicted.” Sneha, one of our current “AmSam” volunteers weighs these cultural differences, idle time and chairing the math and art committee at her school in this week’s WorldTeach blog post. — The ins…

Spirit Week in American Samoa

Posted by WTTech in American Samoa

For WorldTeach volunteers, school spirit is a source of inspiration. It manifests differently at every location, but no experience is quite the same without. Some gather over special foods, some have special ceremonies, and some simply dress up to show out. In American Samoa, it’s not uncommon to have a spirit week to celebrate the diversity of characters in the community. Let Danielle Randolph share with you how the spirit of Halloween takes places in her WorldTeach destination. If you’d like to read more about her experience, follow the link to her blog here – http://bit.ly/1NpCjGN. — Since my school doesn’t have any sports teams they tend to find to have a spirit week anyway. Halloween I guess is a perfect time…

Do you remember how much you like math?

Posted by WTTech in American Samoa

Danielle and company in front of the High School “After those two lessons I remembered how much I like math.” Sometimes, teaching is like getting a second chance at being a kid. As teachers, we get a sense of nervousness, a sense of challenge, and a sense of rising to the occasion. Sometimes, teachers feel like they’re being talked about in the back of the class, but they can’t let it distract them. Sometimes, teachers are asked questions they’re not prepared for, but they can’t call it quits. And sometimes, teachers get the unique opportunity to relearn critical skills, and they’re better for it. Always, teaching puts you in touch with how you became a teacher and instills in you…

Focusing on Making a Difference

Posted by WTTech in American Samoa

2It can be difficult to make it a difference in the workplace when you’re always caught off guard. This week’s blogpost comes straight to you from American Samoa, where Sneha Chiliveru shares with us what it’s like to have some of your expectations met, some dashed away in the first week of teaching, and some, well, surprises! Volunteering to teach abroad on the island of American Samoa can feel like a bit of a dream before the work settles in, but as it does, you learn to be grateful for what you have, grateful for what brought you to this moment in life, and you assume a very natural focus. The students come first. They always have.  Enjoy Sneha’s insightful…

Erika Utter Interview: Returning from American Samoa

Posted by WTTech in American Samoa

By: Shierly Mondianti In this week’s blogpost, I sat down with my fellow intern, Erika Utter, who is our Alumni Engagement intern. Erika recently returned from American Samoa, and I thought that it would be a great opportunity to interview her and share her experience on the blog. Check out the scoop below: (S: Shierly, E: Erika) S: Erika, tell me more about yourself—what were you doing before WorldTeach (WT), what made you decide to start with WT, and why American Samoa? E: I was working in Atlanta, GA at a doggie day care. A friend from college wrote a post about WorldTeach finding volunteers for American Samoa, and I was intrigued. S: Talk me through your day in American Samoa….