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Guess Who I Met on the Plane?

Danica Shaw, Georgetown/WorldTeach Namibia Volunteer '94 and WorldTeach Namibia Field Director '96-'98, also recounts meeting Nelson Mandela on her way to Namibia to begin volunteer service.   I was sitting alone on the plane, having just met all the other volunteers...

In Rembrance: Nelson Mandela

Scott Person, WorldTeach Namibia Volunteer '94, reflects about his encounter with Nelson Mandela on the airplane en route to begin his service.   The 1994 WorldTeach Namibia group, by luck, was on the same plane as Nelson Mandela travelling JFK through Johannesburg....

The End of a Namibian Year

Erika Bisbocci is finishing up her year of service in Nambia. She reflects on the diversity of landscapes in Namibia and the town of Ondangwa, where Erika has spent much of her WorldTeach year, that is far from idyllic but has grown on Erika over the past 12 months....

Gettling to Know My School

Madeleine Reeves has been in China since August. She is settling into her host community and school. Read on to learn about her new home and job in China where she will be spending the next year...   So, where have I been living since the end of August? A place called...

“Going Out” in American Samoa

Alexandra Savinkina arrived in American Samoa this past summer. She recently participated in a very unique American Samoan tradition that gave new meaning to the idea of "going out" on a Friday night. Read on to learn about her experience...   “Are you going out...

Experiencing “Día de los Difuntos” in Ecuador

Amanda McCarther is in the second half of her WorldTeach year in Ecuador. This past week, she had the chance to experience the Ecuadorian holiday "Día de los Difuntos". Amanda saw quickly that this holiday was more than just the Latin American version of Halloween....

The Rewards of Discomfort

Ashley Falcon has been living in Colombia with WorldTeach since January 2013. Last month, she took the time to think back on how she has adapted to being outside her comfort zone in Colombia. Read on to learn how Ashley has seen the uncomfortable aspects of Colombia...

An Unexpected Friend In Tanzania

Leigh Bercaw has been in Tanzania since June. On a recent ferry ride back from Zanzibar, Leigh made an unexpected friend and saw firsthand how we can make connections with individuals who at first appear so different from us. Read on to hear about Leigh's encounter...

Food & Friendship in American Samoa

Matt Hoffman arrived in American Samoa this past July. Read on to learn how he is discovering the culture through sharing meals with his community.   Barbeque, in Samoan terminology, refers to anything except the tangy-smokey-nectar one usually finds slathered on ribs...

Why Are We Here?

Erika Bisbocci has just finished her second term of teaching at Olukolo school in Namibia. As she graded exams, she took a minute to reflect on the impact that she is making and the value and realities of life abroad.     We came to Namibia for adventure. We wanted to...

Reflections on a Thai Year

Molly Linnell reflects on her experience in Thailand and the ups and downs that have led her to appreciate Thai culture and her experience as well as feel grateful for things back home.   I am now in my final month of teaching and preparing for my return home. I know...

Home Is Where You Make It

When living and teaching abroad, completely immersed in a foreign community, homesickness happens. Learn how WorldTeach Poland volunteer Stacey Lee Gonzalez healthily recognizes what she misses about the United States, and how she has discovered a sense of "home" in...

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