Taylor H - South Carolina

Greetings from Kuwait!

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed and that I’ll be home in the states in less than three weeks! Not a day goes by that I don’t remember that it is because of you that I was given this opportunity to attend college and pursue my career as a teacher. I have learned and experienced so much in the last 9 months that I have decided to return to Kuwait next September to teach for (at least) another year.

This year was one to remember teaching Kindergarten and living abroad. I had students that knew absolutely no English at the beginning of the year and at the end of the year they were speaking and writing complete sentences. It has been such a rewarding position. Although I enjoyed working with the little ones this year, I will be moving up to teach second grade next year. I am looking forward to working with a new grade level team and with a different age group. I will definitely share with you some of our class activities next year!

Being here has truly opened my eyes and changed my whole perspective on life. I have become much more positive and accepting to all types of cultures and beliefs. Kuwait is a huge melting pot and many assumptions that I had about different cultures before have vanished and have become more positive. If ever given the chance, even for a year to live abroad, take it! It has been such an amazing experience.

Living abroad also has given me a lot of chances to travel. I spent two weeks in Sri Lanka for Christmas and it was amazing. I definitely missed my family a lot during Christmas time, but it felt like summer time and people don’t celebrate Christmas in Kuwait or Sri Lanka so it didn’t even feel like Christmas.   Also this May I travelled to Dubai and Abu Dhabi for a Justin Timberlake concert. Dubai is everything that you have heard… nothing short of amazing! I will be visiting there again next year.

Once again, I could keep writing all day about everything that I have experienced in the past 9 months but I won’t put you through that. Thank you again for everything, and I will write again at the beginning of next school year.

Have a great summer!

Taylor H.
Winthrop University
Kids’ Chance of South Carolina Scholarship Recipient