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Diamante December; Sarah Simon in Quito, Ecuador

Sarah Simon is a current WorldTeach volunteer in Quito, Ecuador. She's on her second cycle of teaching and living with a host family, all while maintaining a hilarious and quip filled blog. We've borrowed a post below to share her incredible work. Follow the link here...

Church Songs and Marbles in the Rain

Written by Lisa Rowan who is currently volunteering in Ine, Arno Atoll in the Marshall Islands. She is volunteering with her fiancée John Carney. The slow days are the hardest: the Saturdays and Sundays when time slows to a crawl; when the hot sun doesn't seem to be...

Being Grateful Abroad

Written by Sydney Thompson (current WorldTeach Ecuador volunteer) Hola readers, ¿cómo están? I’ve now been here for a little over two months! I still feel surprised every morning when I realize that I’m in Quito, Ecuador. Every day brings new challenges,...

Fast Times at Ban Phaeng High

Written by Samantha Harper (current WorldTeach Thailand volunteer) When I came to Thailand through WorldTeach, my biggest fear was that I would be lonely. I imagined myself in a village where I would be unable to communicate with the inhabitants. My students would be...

“Not My Country”

Written by Amanda Canny (current WT Ecuador volunteer) I have been dating a man from Trinidad and Tobago for over four years. Although he has lived in the U.S. for six years, he occasionally uses a phrase that once upon a time confused me.  “Not my country,” he would...

Comfort in the Quiet

Written by Erin Carden (current WorldTeach Thailand volunteer) Today marks 22 weeks that I’ve lived in Thailand. Despite the fact that I’ve lived here for almost half a year now I still sometimes have the urge to pinch myself “awake.” So much of my life here still...

New Semester Perspective

Written by Will Jobs (current WorldTeach Thailand volunteer).  To learn more, check out the awesome videos that Will has put together of his time in Thailand. The sun is just barely rising outside the bus windows as I start this post. I'm on the back of a...

In Memory

The Marshallese word "Yokwe" has multiple meanings and contexts. It is a greeting, a noun, and a verb, all the same. On a wooden sign to the side of the James C. de Brueys - WorldTeach Memorial Basketball Court on the Bikarej atoll in Arno, Marshall Islands, it means...

The Seeds You Sow

Written by Bethany Fisher (current WorldTeach Marshall Islands volunteer) The island of Wotje is known for having good soil to grow a multiplicity of crops. However, since the El Nino draught of 2016, the extreme heat and lack of rain that swept through the RMI dried...

Sights without Sounds

Written by Cari Deschak, RMI '15 One innocuous half-wall of a Washington DC gallery holds a ringed twist of scrap metal. That description could include many art pieces at their most elemental, especially here along the cutting edge of modern artistic license, but this...

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