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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…

Great Expectations – Arrival in Kuri

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 one of two. I was dropped off by the WorldTeach India team in Kuri, in the Nubra Valley region of Ladakh, on the morning of my 8th day in India. Kuri is a small village of 40 homes that is located along the famous Silk Route that connected India with China. We were welcomed at the Government Middle School like His Holiness the Dalai Lama (HHDL) himself, with much joy, anticipation, and expectation. The teachers, all 28 children, ranging from ages four to 14, and their parents were lined up and dressed in their Sunday’s best to greet us…

A Year of Firsts

Posted by Nolan Sutker in China

By: Saskia Kroesen, WorldTeach China Volunteer My year in China has been a year full of firsts: my first year no longer a student, my first time moving to a foreign country alone, my first time living alone, my first time in Asia, my first time trying all sorts of delicious Chinese foods— the list goes on. But the first that stands out most is definitely my first time being a teacher. Sure, when I applied for a position with WorldTeach I was aware I would be teaching classes for the next year, and yes, during orientation while learning techniques on how to be a successful teacher I also knew that all of this was for a reason… but it…

Not Another Goodbye

Posted by Nolan Sutker in China

Sometimes, your WorldTeach year is so great that you have to do it again. Katie Scott, WorldTeach China volunteer, decided to return for a second year as you’ll read below. Interested in our WorldTeach China program? Check out our webinar happening at 7pm, today (Tuesday, April 5th) via this link:, Or head over to WorldTeach China’s page. — “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32) Please, not another goodbye. I can’t take it….

Weekend in Wuhan 武汉

Posted by Nolan Sutker in China

Often times, our WorldTeach volunteers take advantage of the opportunity to explore and travel in their country of service. Saskia Kroesen, WorldTeach China volunteer, just posted a blog about her adventure visiting the capital city of Hubei Province: Wuhan. Click below to see beautifully intriguing photos that highlight a variety of things from pig feet to cherry blossoms! To learn more about WorldTeach China, click here: — Over the weekend Bev and I visited the capital city of Hubei Province: Wuhan. We were fortunate to stay with an acquaintance who I met through someone in Blacksburg- he was a marine biologist of some sort and has been to Blacksburg many times! They lived in a beautiful, homey apartment with a Western…

Namibia – Herero Wedding

Posted by WTTech in Namibia

Weddings! Gotta love them. What a special time of celebration, love, and family! Occasionally, WorldTeach volunteers will get the honor of attending a friend or colleague’s wedding. This week’s #BlogTuesday takes us back to a time when WorldTeach Namibia volunteer, Jenn Pierson, attended her first Herero wedding. Read on to get a glimpse of some unique details!  And if you are considering doing something meaningful while traveling this summer, apply for our Summer Programs by May 1st! Various placements are still open in Namibia, Poland, Morocco, Nepal, and South Africa.  —  At the end of last month, I went to a colleague’s wedding to learn about the traditions.  It was a very long experience, weddings last three days with much…