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The Journey of the Hero for Raymond in the Panama Teacher Match Program

Raymond Devenney was a participant in the 2017 program, Panama Teacher Match, implemented by Partners of the Americas and funded by the U.S. Embassy in Panama. In this program, Raymond worked for six weeks alongside local English teachers in the public school system of Panama, training and coaching them in different methodologies. This is his story of his experience during the program.

Colorado Chapter Hosts Program for English Teachers

Alcides Hermes Thereza Jr. lives with his wife and three children in Goiás, Brazil where he trains English teachers at the local state university. In July, however, he traded his regular life for a month in Colorado, which he spent living with host families, taking rigorous coursework, and immersing himself in American culture. 

3 Reasons to Not Miss Partners’ Bilingualism Workshop

In 2010 I served as a fellow of the Fulbright Garcia-Robles program, teaching English for one school year in a technological university in Morelos, Mexico. A few weeks into the first semester, I thought to myself, how can I link up these students with classrooms back in the States? After all, in my opinion, immersion paired with practice is the best way to truly master a foreign language.

U.S. Teacher to Bring International Education Experience to Panama

Nothing is as exciting as the opportunity to travel the world, visit new places, and experience new cultures.  For a teacher like me, travel is a great way to connect with professionals and students from different backgrounds, and with different teaching and learning methodologies. When I learned about Partners’ Panama Teacher Match program, I had to apply. 

Panama Teacher Match 2016 Winners Announced

As Latin America’s economy continues to grow, many countries, including Panama, are increasingly adopting teaching strategies geared toward bilingualism. Our Panama Teacher Match program connects American English teachers with Panamanian public middle and high school English teachers in an effort to increase English language capacity and provide valuable professional development opportunities for U.S. teachers overseas.

3 Reasons a Native Speaker Is Essential for Learning a Second Language

As someone who is a teacher of my native language and a student of a second language, I have learned that being in contact with native speakers is crucial to improve one’s secondary language skills. Below are my three most important reasons why.

From Los Angeles to Las Cumbres: One Man's Pilgrimage through the Panamanian Culture

I first visited Panamá in 1989 to see my Salvadoran aunt who had started her family there. However, I first experienced Panamá in 1979 as a child in Orange County, California through the loving and inspiring late Panamanian Archbishop Tomás Clavel. Clavel had been exiled to Los Angeles in the 1970’s after a change in the Panamanian government, where he spent his remaining years uplifting countless people, including my own family.

6 Ways Teaching English Abroad Will Change Your Life

Living abroad is a life-changing experience, comparable to none. You will be immersed in a new culture, testing your limitations, and expanding your knowledge. One of the best ways to invest in yourself while living abroad is through teaching English. Not only will you be learning immensely about yourself and your potential, you will also be changing the lives of the students you teach. Below are 6 ways teaching abroad will change your life.

Partners Teacher Leads Beautification Effort in Panama

When I was selected to be one of the 18 English teachers for the inaugural Panama Teacher Match program through Partners of the Americas, I knew I was in for an adventure. I had requested to be sent to a rural area, but everything about my placement was a mystery. This was the summer adventure I was craving! The unknown was the beauty of the experience! I never expected to fall so in love with the community.

Full Circle - “Círculo Completo”

It’s amazing how life can often come full circle, and my experience as one of the inaugural fellows of Panama Teacher Match proved just this. This past winter, I embarked on a journey to be accepted into Panama Teacher Match, a dynamic new program of teaching English to Spanish-speaking students in Panama. My interest in this program was fueled by two major ideals: my passion for my culture and country (being of Panamanian descent); and my love for my profession of teaching.