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Community Ties: An Unexpected Honor

WorldTeach Thailand volunteer Caitlyn Pisarski writes about taking part in a cultural ritual that drew her into her community and helped her re-connect with her experience, her colleagues and her students.       This picture is a result of a string-tying ceremony I...

Wai Kru: Teacher Appreciation

WorldTeach Thailand volunteer Kate Mast writes below about discovering and participating in the Thai tradition of teacher appreciation day...   Today was "Wai Kru", teacher appreciation day, in Thailand. After reciting a few Buddhist prayers and singing traditional...

Old Prom Dresses Live a Second Life

Sarah Lipson, WorldTeach Marhsall Islands volunteer, has been collecting old prom dresses from friends back home to throw a memorable party for some of her students. Below she shares the touching story and beautiful photos as she prepares to wrap up her year of...

Weekend at El Puerto and La Playa

WorldTeach's in-country orientations provide a great opportunity for volunteers to get to know one another and form a solid support network, creating strong bonds in just a few short weeks. Once volunteers are scattered across their varying sites, they have numerous...

Last Chances

As many of our year-long programs prepare to depart this summer, our current volunteers in-country are faced with looming goodbyes and the end of their time at their schools and communities. Below, WorldTeach China volunteer Jolie Lee reflects on her last weeks as an...

The 1st National Youth Nitijela

Sarah Lipson, WorldTeach volunteer in the Marshall Islands, writes below about some of her students' impressive accomplishments.     This week I cried in the national chamber of the Marshall Islands. Though the state of national affairs in the RMI is often depressing,...

College Access: Anywhere But Here?

Sarah Lipson, a WorldTeach volunteer in the Marshall Islands, writes about some of the challenges her senior students face as they pursue their hopes for college.     After much negotiation and the support of faculty and staff at the College of the Marshall Islands,...

Home Is Where the Moyo* Is

Shannon Schaubroeck, currently a staff intern at WorldTeach's Cambridge office and a sophomore at Harvard, shares with us a reflection on her experience growing up in Tanzania, where WorldTeach has just recently opened its newest year-long program.  (*"Moyo" is...

Sook San Wan Valentine!

Haley Boone shares her heartwarming reflections on Valentine's Day from her placement in Nakhon Phanom province...   Happy Valentine's Day! In honor of the holiday, I thought I’d make a list of the things that I love most about my life here in Thailand. I’m not sure...

Teaching the Teacher: Cooking Lessons

Jolie Lee, a year-long volunteer in China, writes about receiving a cooking lesson from some of her teenaged students at her teacher's apartment! Jolie, a Northwestern graduate who worked as a reporter in Chicago prior to serving with WorldTeach, is teaching Middle...

The Friendliest People in the Pacific

Marci McPhee, currently on a leave of absence from Brandeis University, reflects on the deep culture of sharing that she has encountered during her time as a WorldTeach volunteer in the Marshall Islands and the lessons that it has taught her even as the blurred lines...

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