Kate Dana

Independent Writer. International Educator.

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

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 15, 2014
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Of Luxury…and Loss

After the pedagogical rush of Bilingual Week in Barranquilla, it seemed appropriate to take a break in Cartagena, a city with the addictive pull of raw beauty and fascinating culture. Leaving late on a Saturday afternoon, the ride via Berlinas in drenching … 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

May 13, 2014
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Mid-Service, Marinistas y Más

  May 2014 marks the mid-way point of my volunteer service with WorldTeach, and until recently, I wasn’t sure if I would be in Colombia to say this. My lamentable housing situation greatly affected my views on everything from traditional food to riding … Continue reading