Monterey Institute students have partnered with seven local community organizations this spring, working with them on diverse projects as part of a new service-learning course that teaches program design by merging theory with practice.
August 20, 2012
Program: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL)
Undergrad: University of Rhode Island (BA Spanish and French)
Fast Fact: Caroline walked more than 500 miles of the mystical Camino de Santiago.
"Our collective experiences of travel, language learning and teaching and research make for a truly inspiring cohort of linguists!"
After Caroline’s initial visit to the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS), she was in awe of the beautiful scenery and nature Monterey has to offer. She says, “I could really see myself living in such a magical place. Academically, MIIS had exactly what I was looking for – a strong MATESOL program with top-notch faculty and a strong Peace Corps presence consisting of Peace Corps Master's International students and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs)."
Caroline shares about her experience so far at MIIS, “The support and attention I’ve received from the faculty and student coordinator have been incredible. Also, I’ve felt that my professors always encouraged me to tailor my studies to suit my future Peace Corps service. In short, I feel very prepared as I am about to embark on twenty-seven months of Peace Corps service in Colombia.”
Caroline goes on to say, “I’ve enjoyed working with my professors and peers. Our collective experiences of travel, language learning and teaching and research make for a truly inspiring cohort of linguists! I have learned so much from each and every one of them – it’s truly an honor and privilege to be able to call them my colleagues.”
Caroline is excited to work with people from around the world and help them learn to communicate in an ever changing, multilingual world. She says, “Language has opened doors for me that have lead me towards incredible adventures – I only hope that I can help make that happen for my own students.”
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Fast Fact: Sarah has taught English to diverse populations including child refugees in New York, college bound teens in California, and continuing education adults in India.
“For me, teaching is really all about leading each individual student toward self-empowerment and self-discovery.”