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Anna Latoff

2016 Teach & Volunteer Abroad Scholarship Header - Anna Latoff
2016 Teach & Volunteer Abroad Scholarship Finalist - Anna Latoff
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Anna Latoff
Occupation: Student, Nutritional Therapist
Age: 18
Home Country: United States

More than anything Anna Latoff hopes to give not gain during her time abroad. Latoff says for her volunteering as an English teacher is about giving a child more than just the gift of communication. “English has become synonymous with progress in the modern world,” the 18-year-old says. “Along with it comes self-expression and advocation, and an inherent self of self-worth. Be it a simple hello or an algebra lesson, English empowers.” Latoff’s first experience teaching was as a first grade classroom assistant, since then she’s taught third graders, tutored high schoolers in Latin and Biology and most recently, taught fifth graders in food education workshops. “I’ve worked in hospitals, care and community centers, and classrooms, and look forward to teaching abroad.”

Why are you passionate about teaching English abroad?

English has become synonymous with progress in the modern world. Be it good or bad, when in doubt, we communicate in English- no matter where across the globe we find ourselves. To give a child the gift of communication is a worthwhile goal. Along with it comes self-expression and advocation, and an inherent self of self-worth. Be it a simple hello or an algebra lesson, English empowers.

What experience/skills can you apply to teaching English abroad?

My first experience teaching was as a first grade classroom assistant. Since that year, I have taught third graders CCD, tutored high schoolers in Latin and Biology, and most recently, taught fifth graders in food education workshops. I’ve worked in hospitals, care and community centers, and classrooms, and look forward to teaching abroad.

Why do you believe you will be effective in teaching English abroad?

I know the English language quite well- after all, as an American I’ve studied it all my life. But to truly understand a subject you must be able to teach it. I’ve put that to the test and, I think, proved myself capable. While the culture and location may change, at its core all teaching is fundamentally the same.

What are you looking to gain from the experience?

More than anything, I hope to give not gain during my time abroad. The opportunity being gifted to me is not taken lightly, and I hope to do it justice. That being said, I do hope to grow personally and strengthen my awareness of self. And, of course, build international friendships to last a lifetime.

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