Alumni Spotlight – Karin

Catching up with the members of our Ambassador Teacher Alumni community always leads to exciting updates and reconnection opportunities. We recently caught up with Karin L., a former cultural exchange teacher from Chile. Karin filled us in on what she has been doing since leaving the program in 2018 and reflected on a few of her fondest memories from her time in the United States. Keep reading to meet or reconnect with Karin.

Reflecting on her experience teaching in the U.S.

Q: What schools did you teach at and when?
A: I taught in the U.S. from 2013 to 2018. I spent all five years at Selma Elementary School in Johnston County, North Carolina, where I taught both first and second grade.

Q: What inspired you to apply to teach in the U.S.?
A: What inspired me most to apply was the opportunity to have a new experience while doing what I love the most—teaching. This excited me because it was a chance for me to share my culture and learn from others. Being part of this program definitely changed my mindset and way of teaching.

Q: What did you enjoy most about your time teaching in the U.S.?
A: I loved everything! I met people (both fellow Ambassador Teachers and other U.S. citizens) that became my friends and after ten years we still visit each other. I enjoyed learning from others, growing as a person and teacher, and most importantly I was able to challenge myself.

What life looks like now

Q: Where are you now? Are you living in your home country, another country, or did you go somewhere else?
A: Right after leaving North Carolina, I returned home to Chile. Recently, my family and I moved to Colombia for another exciting teaching opportunity.

Q: Are you currently teaching? If not, what else are you doing?
A: After leaving North Carolina, I returned to Chile to work in a bilingual school affiliated with Cambridge Assessment International Education as a Bilingual Primary Teacher and Cambridge Coordinator from 2018 until February 2022. Currently, I am working in an international school in La Guajira, Colombia as a Primary Years Programme (PYP) Transition Teacher and I am also the Primary English Area Leader. Also, due to my international experience, in June 2021 I joined the Shree Sarasswathi Vidhyaah Mandheer (SSVM) Institutions in India to teach virtually Spanish as a foreign language to students in Grades 1- 6.

Q: Do you have any other life updates that you would like to share with us and the Participate Learning network?
A: My husband, daughter, and our dog Taffy are all doing great. We love to travel and plan to continue to take advantage of international teaching opportunities for the chance to see the world.

I recently earned my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Math and Language Arts. Next spring, I’m thinking about getting a second Master’s Degree in Education with a minor in School Management!

Share 3-5 facts about your time teaching in the U.S. Think about favorite memories, travel experiences, special moments, accomplishments, or other things that happened during your time with the program.

  • I went on many fun road trips with other Ambassador Teachers!
  • During my first winter in N.C., I experienced my first snow day.
  • I served as a Local Adviser and enjoyed meeting new Ambassador Teachers.

Interested in connecting with Karin and following her journey? You can find her on Instagram here.