What would you say to students who are interested in overseas student teaching but are uncertain about taking the leap?
If you are committed to truly embracing another culture and challenging yourself in both your personal and professional settings, do it! You will never regret taking a leap of faith as long as you are open to what could come of the experience.
Why did you choose your location?
I choose South Africa because it was a place I had always wanted to go and it seemed like the biggest personal challenge for me because it was way outside my comfort zone!
What was your favorite experience during the overseas student teaching?
My favorite experience was truly creating a home in SA at my school and with my host family. But also traveling all over the southern part of the African Continent didn't hurt!
What was your most challenging experience?
The biggest challenge came in my subject area. Because students had to learn history, specially South African history, I needed to do a lot more content studying then usual. But this challenge also gave me a more holistic view of events in SA history, like apartheid.
What surprised you about teaching in a different setting/culture?
I think I was most surprised about how much I would adapt and fall in love with South Africa, so much so I have planned to move back and teach there.