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Send Jessie to Namibia!

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BENEFITING: Worldteach, Inc.

EVENT DATE: Dec 25, 2012

Jessie Drescher


I have recently been accepted as a volunteer for WorldTeach, a non-profit organization that places volunteers as teachers in schools in developing countries. In just over five months, I will be traveling to Namibia to teach in schools which do not have enough teachers.

As you may know, Namibia is still struggling to catch up after suffering for so long under the apartheid system. Since independence, the Namibian school system has been completely restructured. Virtually all curricula have been rewritten, the medium of instruction changed to English, and the English courses totally revamped. WorldTeach volunteers take part in all facets of this relatively new education system, with some teaching mathematics, science, or English in secondary schools, and others working as resource teachers at primary schools, training other teachers, or working on community English teaching projects involving adults

On a continent torn by violence and war, Namibia stands out as a peaceful, functioning democracy. This atmosphere of peace and cooperation has allowed Namibia to concentrate its resources on basic needs, and educational reform has been a top priority. It would mean a great deal to me to be able to be a part of this exciting process of improving educational opportunities in Namibia .

During my stay I will receive a small living allowance from my school, enough to cover basic expenses while I serve as a teacher for the year. However, getting there won’t be easy, since the cost of volunteering on an international scale is significant. The cost of my placement, training, air travel, insurance and field support for the year is $6,000. I am trying to raise the entire volunteer commitment through extra work hours, grants, and fundraising, but I need your help.

A donation from you would help make it possible for me to contribute what I have to offer to Namibian students.



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