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Samantha Topham

2016 Teach & Volunteer Abroad Scholarship Finalist Header - Samantha Topham
2016 Teach & Volunteer Abroad Scholarship Finalist - Samantha Topham
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Samantha Topham
Occupation: Registered Nurse
Age: 27
Home Country: United States

Samantha Topham understands that volunteering abroad is no vacation. “But it is extremely fun and rewarding,” she says. The registered nurse taught English as a volunteer in Mexico. “I was able to witness how English can change the course of someone’s life. English is a language that provides many opportunities,” she says. “I realize that I cannot save the world by teaching English, but I can make a huge difference in someone’s life.” At university, Topham minored in Spanish and she says having this understanding of learning a language will help her teaching style. The American’s preferred volunteer destination is India and she’s eager to share her experience with others. “I want to share my experience with International Volunteer HQ with my friends and the world. I have a travel blog and Instagram account that is fairly popular. I would love to shift the focus of my blog to include volunteer opportunities around the world.”

Why are you passionate about teaching English abroad?

I have taught English in the past as a volunteer. I was able to witness how English can change the course of someone’s life. English is a language that provides many opportunities that might otherwise be missed. Learning English can pull a person out of poverty as there are many jobs available to those who speak English, particularly in third world countries. When I was a volunteer in the past, I watched families who sacrificed everything in order to pay for English classes for their children. I realize that I cannot save the world by teaching English, but I can make a huge difference in someone’s life.

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

I have been a volunteer English teacher in the past. I lived in Mexico about 7 years ago and I taught English for 5 months. Additionally, at university I minored in Spanish. Therefore, I understand what it is like to learn a second language. I have a lot of experience with other cultures as I’ve also spent time living in Peru and Argentina. I understand that volunteering abroad is not easy. It is not a vacation, but it is extremely fun and rewarding.

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

Once I learned Spanish, I became a Spanish tutor for children here in the US. I received excellent feedback about my teaching skills and I often had the children say they felt I taught the language better than their teachers in school. In addition, I was a volunteer English teacher in Mexico and I feel confident that the skills I learned there have helped prepare me for an opportunity with International Volunteer HQ.

What are you looking to gain from the experience?

I would say that I am looking to mainly gain two things from this experience. First, I would like to help change someone’s life for the better. I feel by being an English volunteer, I can really make a difference in someone’s life. Second, I want to share my experience with International Volunteer HQ with my friends and the world. I have a travel blog and Instagram account that is fairly popular. I would love to shift the focus of my blog to include volunteer opportunities around the world. I would like to spread the word about volunteer opportunities with my readers and followers.

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