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You're reading: Beyond certificates and statistics

Some people say you could replace all the TEFL volunteers with 25 well-trained specialists, and they’d be partially right. At times it is difficult to justify our presence here in Ukraine. Explaining what we do is even more difficult because no two volunteers share the same schedule, responsibilities or skills but here we are.

When asked, we mumble something about teaching English but it’s a cheap, easy answer that doesn’t do justice to the service that we provide even if we can’t describe it. We can mention that by the end of our service we hope to have taught this many hours and completed this many projects but truthfully, we are beyond statistics.

We come in waves, armed to the teeth with optimism and excitement, ready to change opinions and open minds. Some of us experience success and some of us fall short.

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