Beyond Amsterdam: the Zuid-Kennermerland National Park

Personally, I feel so privileged to live in a city like Amsterdam: cycling its busy streets, sipping coffee in a cafè overlooking a canal, strolling with awkward curiosity in the Red Light District or even finding its underground life at Vondelbunker are all experiences hard to forget. There's always something happening, people everywhere, things to …

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Teaching Abroad: Lessons on Privilege, Neocolonialism, and Unintended Harm by Lena Papadopoulos

How Not To Travel Like A Basic Bitch

The first time I traveled on my own to a non-western country was in 2009 when I went to teach English in Tanzania. I was young (23 years old), and I had the naive notion that I was going there to do something brave and honorable; I wanted to help people. Sure, English was my first language, but I had just graduated with a degree in Sociology. What did I know about teaching? I especially knew nothing about teaching a language.

Teaching Abroad-Privilege Neocoloniasm-Tanzania

I spent a few months after graduation working and traveling, and then I set off to spend a few months “volunteering” (I paid for this, as young volunteers often do) as an English teacher in Tanzania. In the time that I was there, I developed a lot of questions about the ethical implications and impacts of my volunteer role, which gave me far more power and authority than it…

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