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The Learning Lab Project

WorldTeach volunteer Chelsea is getting creative while finding ways to engage her students.   I’m not going to lie, teaching with no resources is a challenge. I have to constantly be on my toes thinking of ways to make a class interesting and understandable with very...

Stand by Me in China

WorldTeach volunteer Ben tells recounts a Chinese adventure reminiscent of a classic American movie.   In my school it is said there is a mountain nearby you can climb. In fact, some teachers climb it every night, taking flashlights for the early winter nights....

Don’t Mind the Sheep in the Bathroom

If eighteen months ago you had asked me where I would like to travel in the world, I never would have named Namibia in the list of countries. That changed when my daughter Elizabeth announced that she would be spending a year there to teach English. Elizabeth...

New Opportunities

WorldTeach alumna Kristin continues to support learners in Namibia long after her return home to the United States. Walalapo, friends! Remember that time that I lived in Namibia for a year? Well, I may not be in the village anymore (though my table manners would make...

A Day in the Life of a Nepal Summer Volunteer

  I start off my morning waking up begrudgingly as I never seem to get enough sleep, however the Nepalese appear to need far less sleep than Americans do.  I wear ear plugs to keep out the sounds of the mosquitoes buzzing around my mosquito net and the ruthless...

Safi

WorldTeach is now accepting applications for 2015 summer programs. Here, summer alum Nikhil reflects on the end of his experience as a volunteer teacher in Morocco.    At the end of last week, I stated that there would definitely be some moments that I would miss from...

Grade 7 Greatness

WorldTeach summer volunteer Britney shares some of her experience in South Africa.   Last week was the start of the holiday break around here, which means we all started working. A few of the volunteers, myself included, are working at a place called the Pink House in...

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Namibia

As WT volunteer Elizabeth adjusted to Namibian culture, she learned proper hitchhiking technique, here demonstrated by three of her enthusiastic learners.   As I have often mentioned in previous posts, hitchhiking, known here colloquially as simply “hiking,” is the...

Celebrations in Tanzania

This holiday season, WT volunteer Chelsea shares a story of a Tanzanian celebration.   Celebrations in Tanzania come in all shapes and sizes. Drumming coming from the village huts all night long, various high-pitched yell/screams, fake flower decorations, dancing, and...

China Ed. 101

WorldTeach volunteer Amanda deconstructs some common assumptions about the Chinese education system. I mentioned at the end of my previous vlog that I'd had a bit of an eye-opening encounter with the Chinese educational system. I've been wanting to expound on just...

Project: Dictionary

WorldTeach volunteer Abby Skelton needs your help to get dictionaries to her students in Tanzania.    In the English Syllabus prescribed by the Tanzanian Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, every form has a unit called “Using a Dictionary.” I happen to...

A Letter to My Pre-Namibian Self

WorldTeach alumna Elizabeth has some words of wisdom for her pre-WorldTeach self.     Dear Pre-Namibia Elizabeth,   I see you, packing your bags, saying goodbyes, freaking out, and above all, wondering just what this year will bring. Having just lived through it, I...

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