Alumni Spotlight – Marcia

When Ambassador Teachers finish their five-year-long tours of teaching in the U.S., they return to their home countries or sometimes even venture to new ones—and we love hearing all about their new adventures and experiences! This month, we caught up with alumna, Marcia V., who graduated from the Ambassador Teacher Program earlier this year. Keep reading to meet or reconnect with Marcia.

Reflecting on her experience teaching in the U.S.

Q: What schools did you teach at and when?
A: I taught at Carl A. Furr Elementary in Cabarrus County, North Carolina for five years from 2017-2022. During those five years, I taught third grade.

Q: What inspired you to apply to teach in the U.S.?
A: What inspired me to apply to teach in the United States was getting the chance to learn about other cultures and share my own. I knew this teaching opportunity would help me become a better teacher and global citizen as well!

Q: What did you enjoy most about your time teaching in the U.S.?
A: One of the aspects I enjoyed most about my time teaching in the United States was being able to teach Spanish to kids from different cultures and backgrounds. Also, I loved teaching my students and community about Chile and making so many new friends from other cultures!

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: After leaving the program, I moved back to Chile where I’m now living in a small town called Florida!

Q: Are you currently teaching? If not, what else are you doing?
A: Currently, I am working as a Cambridge English Assessment Examiner and an online English teacher!

Q: Do you have any other life updates that you would like to share with us and the Participate Learning network?
A: I’m so happy to be back home and spend time with my mom and my pets! Working as a virtual teacher gives me a flexible schedule and I’m able to work out three days a week which I really enjoy. Plus, since I live in a small town, I don’t have to commute and I get to walk everywhere. My husband and I recently had a getaway to Santiago, Chile’s capital city, where we were able to do exciting things such as attend a concert, see a stand-up comedian, visit some historical areas and museums, and visit the only South American Baha’i Temple near the mountains. It was a memorable long weekend!

I can’t wait to go back to the U.S and have another chance to be a Participate Learning Ambassador Teacher! Thanks for all you do to support so many teachers from all over the world to live this amazing experience.

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.

  • My English teaching partner and I received a county award for our kids’ academic growth during the 2018-2019 school year. We felt so proud of our students!
  • I loved teaching in the Battle of the Books after-school club! Being a part of this club gave me the chance to spend time with former students and work with other grade levels. This club was run by the media center coordinator from my school, with whom I became best friends.
  • My husband and I did a road trip from Concord, N.C. to New Orleans over the course of a long weekend! We had an amazing time eating delicious food and listening to the best live jazz and funk music on Bourbon Street and in the French Quarter. We also took a trip to Las Vegas and rented a car to go see the Grand Canyon. We got up at 3 a.m. so we could have the chance to see the sunset there. It was a memorable moment for sure!
  • Before moving to the U.S., I had never been to so many music concerts in my life! I will be forever grateful for all the opportunities—I even had the chance to see my favorite rock and metal bands along with my husband and friends.
  • I had the best Halloween party in Charlotte, N.C. last October! Friends threw a costume party at their home. One of the highlights of the night was when one of the hosts did a spectacular dance for us. It totally blew our minds!

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