We have relaunched international student teaching after staying home these past two years. So, yes, we were back this spring, 4th quarter, March 25-May 10 with five students in Ireland and three students in Ecuador; be sure to check out “News from Dublin” and “News from Ecuador” We are all set to send our Fall 2022 students to go to Dublin and Zurich!
In addition to confirming housing and school sites for this fall, we are also working now to recruit for Spring 2023. This spring we are going to Dublin, Kiryat Tiv’on, Israel, near Haifa, San Pedro, Belize, Quito, Ecuador and Hong Kong.
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 (you) 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). Our sites are in Manchester, England; Dublin, Ireland; Hong Kong, China; Shanghai, China; Quito, Ecuador; Zurich, Switzerland, Kiryat Tiv’on, Israel, near Haifa, and San Pedro, Belize. Each site is different – all are GREAT. If you need more information and an application, go to the Study Abroad website at https://bridgew-horizons.symplicity.com/index.php?s=StudentHome. Emma Lynch is our person in Study Abroad. Emma is great and will work closely with you.
As of December 2022 we’ve had over 295 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, Andrea Cayson, Gia Renaud, Sarah Thomas, and 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”.
Of note, is the story about two of our student teachers this spring, in Dublin, working with Ukrainian refugees …. https://www.bridgew.edu/stories/2022/teaching-ukrainian-refugees
Another excellent article https://www.bridgew.edu/stories/2022/road-again
speaks to Gretchen’s experience this spring 2022 in Ecuador.
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