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Teach English In Spain And Live With A Family

We're here at the end of the year and I'm going through a lot of travel journals from our volunteers in 2011. There are a lot of great journals in our Community Pages.
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An Inside Look At Conversation Corps Turkey

Guest blogger Dale Fox graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in 2009, at the age of 54. Her major was history and political science, with a focus on Middle Eastern ancient history. She is the co-founder of the Ridgway Heritage Council in Ridgway, Pennsylvania and was active in community and economic development in western Pennsylvania for many years. In addition to developing the Towers Victorian Inn, a historic landmark of Pennsylvania. Dale also served as a Director for the Pennsylvania Downtown Center for six years. In 2009 she received a special award for Inspiration in Tourism from Governor Edward Rendell.  
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Conversation Corps-Spain. A New Blog From A Tutor

on Nov 29, 2010 8:01:00 AM By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | Conversation Corps-Spain Conversation Corps Volunteer Blogs
If you are headed to Spain as a member of the Conversation Corps, you are going to want to spend time on Stanley Langford Lloyd's Blog.  He did a fantastic job chronicling his journey before heading to Spain and while he was there as a tutor on the program Conversation Corps-Spain. Stanley is a recent graduate of the University of Utah with degrees in Political Science and Speech Communications. The post Moving In & The First Two Weeks is a fantastic look into moving in with a family, and getting set up to tutor the family in Conversational English.  The photos in that post are fantastic, since Stanley the entire house, the area of Madrid where is was living, and setting up the classes.  If you are going on any of the Conversation Corps projects, this Blog Post is a must for you. There are many more posts in the Blog about just how much of Spain Stanley was able to see and all he experienced.  His last post, The Host Family, is really great.  He talks about the family and includes a ton of photos. From time to time, GeoVisions posts Blogs from former tutors and so we want to thank Stanley for allowing us to post his Blog.  The entire Blog is fascinating and the two posts we mention here are certainly for anyone headed to Spain as a member of the Conversation Corps but even if you're headed elsewhere, we think these two posts in particular will be very helpful in setting the tone of why you are going and really...the best way to go about the program. If you have comments, we have a section below for you.  If you're interested in becoming a member of the Corps, we have links for you above and we are happy to talk to you about the many opportunities as a Conversation Corps tutor.  You can email us and someone will contact you within 24 hours. Would you like to become a member of the Corps?
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A New Blog Full Of Photos From Conversation Corps-Jordan

on Oct 2, 2010 9:01:00 PM By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | Conversation Corps-Jordan Conversation Corps Volunteer Blogs
Have you ever wondered what it's like to live with a family in Jordan, and tutor them in English?  Thought, "What would it be like to join The Conversation Corps and depart for Jordan, live with a family and tutor them in conversational English? We recommend reading Jason's Blog that he published while he was in Jordan as a member of the Conversation Corps.  His Blog, Life in Amman, introduces you to the Corps and to living in Amman with a host family tutoring them in conversational English.  The Blog is full of program details, photographs and video. The very first Blog entry, "First Couple of Days in Amman" gets you invovled in where Jason lives (just outside Amman) and where the sunsets are stunning and "sunrises gorgeous." In the post, "Past Few Days," Jason has gone out to buy black pants so he can attend an Arabic wedding.  He has met a new friend just 5 minutes away, and he gets to practice his Arabic with him. One of the reasons GeoVisions set up the Conversation Corps is the free time tutors have on this program.  Jason writes about his trip from Jordan to Jerusalem and his take on Arabic life outside of Jordan.  The Blog post, "The Game, Madaba, and Jerusalem" also contains a lot of photos.  Jason was able to get involved in the World Cup and watched the Spain vs. Germany match on the roof of a restaurant in Amman. The Conversation Corps exists now in 16 countries, including Conversation Corps-Jordan.  Even if you don't plan to go to Jordan, Jason's Blog will give you some great motivation to make the most of your program and will encourage you to make friends outside your host family and to travel as far as you can.  And if you plan to join the Corps in Jordan...Jason's Blog is a great model of everything The Conversation Corps can be.
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Conversation Corps-Italy. What One Tutor Experienced

on Sep 7, 2010 2:56:00 PM By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | Conversation Corps-Italy Conversation Corps Volunteer Blogs
Yet another Blog post from a member of the Conversation Corps. Wow. What a program.
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