"Please stop. I speak English."

March 23, 2011 | Topics: Global Learning

By Matt Sugrue

With great confidence, I strode purposefully to the counter of the patisserie and said, “Ithnaan al-qahwa min fa…” The young man working behind the counter raised his hands in front of him in a gesture that was both pleading and placating and, with very little trace of accent, said, “Please. Please stop. I speak English.”... See More

8 Enduring Lessons of Our Peace Corps Years

March 01, 2011 | Topics: Education Abroad, Global Learning

By Betty Soppelsa

Nearly 43 years ago, my husband and I went to live in a small town in Côte d’Ivoire as Peace Corps English teachers.  We had never been in Africa before; we had never taught before; we had barely studied about Africa in college. Miraculously, we moved into a new life and a new profession in that small town, and were transformed by the warmth, generosity, and openness of the people around us.  Some of the lessons we learned have deeply shaped us and are never far from our minds.... See More