Written by: Michael Dishnow
Last Updated: October 5, 2020
I am a retired educator. The past decade I have been a volunteer teacher for the Taiwanese Educational non-profit, My Culture Connect (MCC). MCC provides English education and cultural exchanges support to underserved rural schools in Taiwan. I live in Wisconsin, USA, and travel regularly to Changhua County in central Taiwan for 4-6 weeks at a time. When there, I live with my Taiwanese colleagues and we volunteer/teach in schools five days a week. When home in the USA, I regularly teach Skype lessons to Taiwanese schools.
Here are my 10 tips from over a decade of volunteer-teaching ESL:
Skype session project
My Culture Connect is partnering with Changhua County Government on this project to offer dozens of schools an opportunity to talk to English-speaking volunteers around the world. It's a win-win situation for both the young students and volunteers as they get to make global friendship and learn more about each other's culture.
We are working with a group of college students from Truman State University (Enactus) in the U.S. state of Missouri to offer junior high students in Changhua free online classes, including topics like business, public speaking and digital marketing. This program was first launched in 2013 and has been very popular with our local students and teachers.
Grand Opening of My Culture Connect's new studio on Dec. 17, 2017
Music exchange between Changsing Junior High School and New Zealand's Pukekohe High School in Dec. 2017.
Michael Dishnow Talks about his Relationship with Taiwanese Schools