August 2005 to July 2006, I was a World Education
Corps (WEC) volunteer with iEARN Pakistan. The
World Education Corps is a relatively new volunteer
program based at the James Martin 21st Century
School at Oxford University, England.
students and young professionals from eight
countries were selected to serve as volunteers
in ten different iEARN countries. I was offered
a position with iEARN Pakistan in Karachi.
spent the year in Pakistan assisting with teacher
training workshops, the selection of students
to go on an exchange program to the USA, working
directly with teachers and students in schools
in Peshawar, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Karachi.
The main projects I introduced to students were
the Teddy Bear Project, Kindred, Universal Values,
What a Beautiful World, A Picture Tells a Thousand
major appeal of iEARN projects to schools in
Pakistan is the connection with other schools
and students from around the world. It was always
a pleasure to work with the students and answering
their questions about Australian culture and
the national cricket team.
is a country distinctly different from Australia
at first, but after a few months its charms
emerged and quirks grew on me. The Pakistani
people are very respectful, polite and hospitable.
By the end of my time in Pakistan, I was quite
sad to leave many of my new friends and the
work I was doing in schools and with students.