Kate Dana

Independent Writer. International Educator.

April 10, 2016
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Sabor de La Vida y Salchipapas

Feliz cumpleaños, Barranquilla! On April 7th the city, founded in 1813, celebrated its 203 birthday. While it isn’t quite the 480+ years of Cartagena de Indias, La Arenosa (translation: The Sand), as Barranquilla is often called, is a notable, historic … Continue reading

November 2, 2015
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Lifelong Friends Pick Up

You’re the first one, when things turn out bad You know I’ll never be lonely, you’re my only one And I love the things, I really love the things that you do Ooh you’re my best friend Queen – You’re … Continue reading

October 13, 2015
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Insta Karma

Virtual hugs. Cyber crushes. Emojis and emoticons. In this global age, teaching Information Communications Technology may be one of the most enlightening experiences, and definitely one of the most challenging. In my classes at Aspaen Gimnasio Cartagena de Indias, we … Continue reading

August 23, 2015
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Right for Right Now

This week I received an email from my past volunteer organization, WorldTeach, asking for contributions to their alumni page. Having been recently featured on Lillie Marshall’s website, TeachingTraveling.com, I replied with fervor, and was selected as the September alumni feature … Continue reading

August 7, 2015
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Extraordinary rewards: teachingtraveling.com

It’s been another fast week in La Fantastica, as daily life returns following a long summer vacation. While the students have not arrived at school, the teachers are back in full force, staying busy with hours of workshops, meetings and … Continue reading

March 17, 2015
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Esperanza en La Fantastica

esperanza /ess-peh-RAHN-zuh/ feminine noun 1. hope (deseo, ganas); expectation (confianza, expectativas); org: Spanish The first three months as English teacher with Aspaen Gimnasio Cartagena de Indias have been exhausting, interesting and overall satisfying. Though the schedule of class hours are average for … Continue reading

November 28, 2014
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Improvise and Dive

For a volunteer living on a peso-pinching budget, the past two months in Colombia have felt surprisingly rich while making trips to Cartagena de Indias and discovering things to do in Barranquilla. Adversely, the months have also felt like tests of … Continue reading

November 8, 2014
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Bilingual and Bewildered

While it may seem from this blog that all I do as a volunteer in Colombia is teach and travel, there are some rewarding obligations as an educator, which is the true basis of my year living in this gorgeous country. After a week … Continue reading