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Student spends time in Africa teaching English

Teaching experience is acquired through overseas internship
Grace Green

"I learned patience in working with people and organizations that may not work the way I think they should."

 

Sophomore Grace Green has always been interested in teaching, but this summer, one experience proved that it's also her life's passion.

Green spent a portion of her summer interning with Made In The Streets. The education major and TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate holder spent a month teaching in Kamulu, Kenya, a farming community near Nairobi.

While in Kenya she had a wide array of responsibilities, including planning lessons for a drama class, teaching a catering customer service class and working in a team dynamic to teach a Vacation Bible School.

"Our main responsibility was to love the students, teach them new things, and be a role model and friend for them for our month in Kenya," Green said.
She said she was also able to put into practice what she learned in her HU classrooms.

"My Foundations of TESOL class prepared me for the beginnings of teaching students who didn't speak English," she said. "I learned activities to implement in a classroom, as well as important things to be aware of as an English teacher."

After the month in Kenya, Green returned to the United States with her team where she was in charge of helping Made In The Streets share their mission across the U.S.

For this portion of her internship, she was given just as many responsibilities and tasks that the full-time team members had to complete.

"We were responsible for creating and inviting tent and booth displays to set up at our tour dates to welcome people. We were also responsible for keeping inventory, receipts, handling and depositing money and using social media to spread awareness of our tour," she said.

Green said both parts of her internship helped her become a better teacher and individual.

"I learned patience in working with people and organizations that may not work the way I think they should," she said. "I learned valuable communication skills, additional public speaking skills, and I learned to appreciate the hospitality of strangers and to appreciate little over none."

On top of the valuable lessons learned, the best part of the summer was discovering that teaching is what she loves and she is supposed to be doing, she said.

"I knew this is what I was supposed to be doing. The smiles on the faces of the students, their excitement when they understood something and their love all reminded me why I love teaching."

 

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