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Fiestas Novembrinas

WorldTeach Colombia volunteer Rebecca shares some of the Colombian celebrations that take place throughout the month of November. When I arrived in Cartagena in August people were already talking about the November festivities. The best thing about the November...

Being an Island of Excellence in a Sea of No Competition

Days in Tanzania are long; they’re hot and humid and they are busy and boring. They start at the break of dawn and continue long past the sun is set – which, might I add, happens at the same exact time every day, offering predictability but also monotony. The days...

What a Difference a Year Makes

WorldTeach alumna Chaundra returned to American Samoa a year after her WorldTeach service ended. Now, she's working for the Samoan department of education. I'm back for round two of this crazy island life, only this time I work for the Department of Education in...

When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens

WorldTeach alumna Jackie reflects on her first year as a teacher, spent in American Samoa.   My first year as a teacher is over. The end of my time in American Samoa is rapidly approaching. We leave Manu’a any day now, sail to Tutuila, and wait for our flight Friday...

A Girls’ Club in Namibia

WorldTeach volunteer Jordon has created a girls' club to help some of her students learn more about women's issues in Namibia.   Finally, after many trials, tribulations, delays, and some lack of interest I finally had my first official girls' club meeting, with not...

Meet Taa

WorldTeach Namibia volunteer Elizabeth profiles one of her young learners:  Meet Taausuverue, another one of my sweet grade 5 girls with a completely unpronounceable first name. I know her simply as Taa. My first week at school, Taa showed up at the library and stood...

New Technology in Namibia

WorldTeach volunteer Patrick Donovan introduces simple technology and opens up endless possibilities for his learners in Namibia. Over the August holiday, I got my hands on a cool technology put together by a colleague, Joris Komen, who I met during my struggle to get...

‘Wanafunzi’ – Students

WorldTeach volunteer Emily Auer describes a typical school day in Tanzania. A school day starts with a call from my headmaster saying “Twende!” or “Let’s go!” between 7:10 and 7:30 am. We then drive the 15 minutes to school where he drops me in front of the...

Context

WorldTeach Namibia volunteer, Brian Park sets the stage for the yearlong Namibia program.    Picture the continent of Africa in your head.   Picture the bottom tip of Africa, and right to the northwest of the tip (South Africa), there is Namibia.   Namibia is a...

Spanish Lessons

WorldTeach volunteer Gaby McKay gives readers back home a lesson in Costa Rican slang.   The month of September is probably the most chaotic, or so I’m told. Independence Day is the 15th and Dia del nino (kid’s day) is somewhere in September also. This month the...

New Neighbors in Namibia

WorldTeach volunteer Kate Piniewski talks about living in very close quarters with her learners in Namibia.   My 56 Grade 10 learners moved into school on Monday. In less than three weeks they will take their national exams, determining their eligibility to continue...

How a Year in Namibia Influenced a Lifetime Career

Wendi Haugh’s year as a WorldTeach volunteer in Namibia helped her define her future career. Here, she shares her experience abroad and discusses how her research in Namibia led to her career in academia, and the eventual release of her recently published book. I...

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