A New Adventure in Education

A New Adventure in Education: Teaching English in Afghanistan from authenticcollaboration.org #education #teachingabroad #english
In just a few days, I will be beginning a new adventure in education - one that is taking me halfway around the world. While I am excited beyond words to embark on this new journey, this transition is also bittersweet. I am leaving behind the students I have grown to love and the colleagues I have come to trust and admire. I have also had to say goodbye to family and friends.

For the last four years, I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching high school in South Minneapolis. I love the quirky inside jokes that teenagers make, the heartfelt conversations about real life and the moments of enlightenment that make even the hardest days worth it. I appreciate the relationships I have built with colleagues that helped to keep me grounded and inspired me to push the boundaries of education in our schools today.

In my new role, I will be working as an English Language Instructor for Afghan women. After years of civil unrest, Afghan women have some of the highest rates of illiteracy in the world. I am unbelievably privileged to be offered a role in their education because I understand the significance of women's education on a global scale. According to UNESCO, two-thirds of the world's illiterate adults are women. The Kabul office of UNESCO reports that the literacy rate for women in Afghanistan averages around 17 percent.

Teaching outside of my comfort-zone is nothing new, yet this time it feels different. I'm not quite sure what I'll be walking into, and I suppose that is part of the excitement. I know I'll be stationed on a military base and teaching out of a nearby school, and I am confident that the knowledge and skills I have gained over my professional career will help guide me to make meaningful contributions in this work.

As I finish packing my bags and begin the multi-flight journey overseas, I want to extend my profound gratitude and appreciation to you all, my fellow educators and friends, for your encouragement, support and collaboration. If you're interested in learning more about education in Afghanistan, check back soon for my next update!