Hello, and welcome to the blog for BSU international student teaching. Here you will find information about students’ experiences through their student teaching placements locally, nationally, and especially, internationally.
Bridgewater State University prides itself on preparing students to excel in all areas of their lives. Through this blog, students and teachers will be able to communicate about all aspects of teaching. There are pages to read about students who have gone abroad, apps that others have found useful, and a place to ask questions and problem solve.
One student teaches for 8 weeks (1st or 3rd quarter) in Massachusetts and then one has the opportunity to go abroad for 8 weeks (2nd or 4th quarter). The available sites are in Manchester, England; Dublin, Ireland; Hong Kong, China; Shanghai, China; Quito, Ecuador; Zurich, Switzerland and San Pedro, and Caye Caulker, Belize. Each site is different – all are GREAT. If you need more information and an application, go to the Study Abroad website (may not be available at this time) at https://my.bridgew.edu/departments/StudyAbroad/SitePages/Programs.aspx. Nevena Teodosic is our person in Study Abroad. Neveana is great and will work closely with you.
Also, this experience has been written up in our student newspaper, the Comment, as well as BSU News …view “Teaching Abroad” at https://www.bridgew.edu/news-events/news/teaching-abroad< Go Bears!
As of December 2019, we will have had over 264 BSU student teachers go abroad for this life-changing experience. Over 10% of BSU student teachers take advantage of this opportunity.
Of special note is that we have had four of our student teachers choose to continue their work abroad. Emma Albert, who student taught at the San Pedro Roman Catholic School in Belize, is now teaching at the Ocean Academy in San Pedro. Sarah Freudenberg, who also taught in San Pedro, now runs Camp Starfish a summer camp for kids with special needs, in San Pedro. Torey Johnson who student taught at Colegio Menor in Quito, is now teaching (I don’t remember the school) in Quito. And Emily Wiegand, who also taught at Menor, is teaching at the Island Academy in Antigua.
Interesting USA Today article about the rewards of teaching abroad https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2019/05/06/teacher-salary-teaching-jobs-pay-international-schools-benefits/3622262002/
When we, John Marvelle, Sarah Thomas, or other members of the faculty, talk with you about the benefits of teaching abroad, they will say to you, it’ll help you in getting a job. One of our student teachers this past fall said, as she was applying for teaching positions: “International student teaching in Dublin has been such an amazing talking point in interviews. I’ve noticed that interviewers are really interested to hear about my experience teaching abroad and ask about the difference in our school system and their (Irish). I’ve found (I’m told) that student teaching abroad has definitely set me apart from other candidates!”
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) has recognized BSU’s, Global Learning Opportunities for Bridgewater Educators (GLOBE) and as a result, BSU received the 2017 AACTE “Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives”.
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