TeachAbroad Tag


6 Things that Constantly Amaze Me

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Namibia

Written by Kasey Henderson, a WorldTeach Namibia ’17 volunteer, she blogged about her entire experience on her blog, “Well this doesn’t happen in LA.” This was published originally March 26, 2017. Over the past few months I have found that certain things pop up over and over, both at school and in my village. No matter how many times I experience them, however, I am still amazed. I have included a short list of 6 things that I have witnessed multiple times over the past three months. Staff Meetings I have sat through 2 staff meetings a week since coming here and each one is equally amusing and confusing. The content of these meetings is not limited to the school and…

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….


Posted by Nolan Sutker in Ecuador

WorldTeach Volunteer Sydney Thompson is currently teaching in Quito, Ecuador! She just hit the midpoint of her volunteering experience. Have you ever ran some type of race, and when you reached the halfway point, you either wanted to stay consistent, push harder, slow down, or give up? I’m now at the midpoint of my 10-month service here in Quito, Ecuador, and I’ve been reflecting on how far I’ve come and how I want to proceed. Reflecting on this past month, I went to Baños for our cohort’s mid-service conference, took a trip to Pasochoa (an extinct volcano) and hiked with some new friends, attended a Super Bowl party and ate some wings, and visited Amaguaña for the Carnaval. I also…

China Wild Friendship

Posted by Nolan Sutker in China

While in London, a man once told me: you don’t truly realize the full impact of being abroad until years later. He wasn’t wrong, by the way, but he also wasn’t right. I studied abroad in London with less than positive American classmates, housemates, and London culture I didn’t always vibe with. Therefore, I didn’t appreciate London for what it was until years later. China, on the other hand was a completely different story, because I knew how lucky I was right away. This is partially because I wanted teach in China since I was 14, when my big sister left us to teach collegiate English in Huangzhou. Since we were raised in Wheaton, IL, only speaking English, it seemed…

Great Expectations – The Importance of Critical Thinking

Posted by Nolan Sutker in India

The following is an excerpt from Beatrice Schreiber’s experience as a WorldTeach Volunteer in Ladakh, India in 2017. This is part two of two. My teaching adventure started the day after His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s (HHDL) event wrapped up and would last until the school’s summer holiday started on July 28. It was not much time. We wondered what difference could we possibly make? There were two types of schools we could have been placed at, a government school (public, as the name would suggest) or a boarding school (private). Not surprisingly, government schools are less funded and consequently more under-resourced and understaffed when compared to boarding schools. When given the choice, I volunteered to work at a government…

Why WorldTeach matters and a chance encounter….

Posted by WTTech in Marshall Islands

Frizz and Nolan at American University Hello WorldTeach supporters, normally our weekly blog is reserved for insight from our volunteers and their unique experiences from their communities around the world. The content on this blog has been accumulated over 6 years with more than 450 blog posts from the tropical rain forests of Ecuador to the deserts of Namibia. The pleasure I get from reading about our volunteers keeps me connected to them even from my office in Boston. This week, however, we’re taking a step back from the norm so I can share a little story with you from the Fall 2015 WorldTeach recruiting scene. I’m Nolan, our Director of Communications, and I oversee all of our advertising, partnerships,…