TeachingTraveling.com: Welcome to Gareth, a remarkable teacher-traveler from Boston who has taught for extended periods in Latin America and now with the Peace Corps in China!
Gareth, tell us about your background.
Gareth: My name is Gareth Lindwall and I became a teacher during a year abroad volunteer gig in Honduras. When I returned, I worked as a Kindergarten teacher in a two-way English-Spanish immersion school in Boston for several years, and after earning a Masters in Teaching, became an ELL (English Language Learners) teacher in Newton. I’m 34 and I love to immerse myself in new cultures and subcultures. I joined the Peace Corps and will live in China for the next two years.
TT: Amazing! Tell us more about your travels.
G: One summer I found a volunteer teaching position on Craigslist (of all places!) at a school in Chimbote, Peru. Then I decided I wanted to try to make my summers more lucrative so I signed up for TEFL certification course San Jose, Costa Rica. I love studying Spanish so I did a homestay and attended classes in Antigua, Guatemala and Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
With my family (and I mean my WHOLE family) I have also traveled to Dublin and Gallway in Ireland, as well as British Colombia, Canada.
My mother’s best friend is very active in a non-profit group in El Salvador; during two winter vacations I have gone south and worked with local teachers and students. My best friend from college married a man she met while studying abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico, so I’ve visited them there as well.
TT: So inspirational how you’ve delved so deeply into so many parts of the world. How did you find your current Peace Corps stint in China?