Teaching in Fiji

| September 7, 2011

Kelly Mosher says she developed a passion for teaching during high school when she volunteered at a local children’s museum and coached a youth cheerleading squad. Now a senior liberal studies major with a concentration in English and creative writing, she plans to earn her Master of Arts in Teaching from Sweet Briar in 2013. She also is working on her certification in special education.

As a liberal studies major, she is required to complete a summer internship and she knew she wanted to do hers abroad. Mosher spent the summer teaching at a school in Fiji with Projects Abroad, which helped with all of her arrangements. She recently talked with Sweet Briar’s career services about the experience.

Career services: Why did you pursue this internship?

Kelly Mosher: After looking at various countries and programs, my heart was set on going to Fiji. I chose Fiji because not only are the location and culture fascinating, but it is a place where not many Sweet Briar women had been to study. I wanted to experience something out of the ordinary.

CS: What have you gained from the internship?

KM: From my internship in Fiji, I learned a lot about myself. I learned how to be more confident and pushed myself to try new things. I also learned what I needed to improve on in the classroom. I faced a lot of challenges in a class of 30-plus students, but figuring out how to do it on my own and working with the students made the challenge rewarding.

Experiencing another culture firsthand also made me more appreciative of the things that I have and taught me to be more accepting and respectful of the various people and cultures of the world.

CS: Do you believe the skills and experience you have obtained from this internship will help you to further your career goals?

KM: The skills that I gained from my experience in Fiji are something I will keep forever and have already helped shaped my career goals. I know what I need to work on to be a better teacher but I also know what I am a successful at. I also know that traveling and teaching students in underdeveloped countries is something I would like to pursue.

— Interview by Tandilyn Phillips

Category: Creative Writing, English, Liberal Studies, Uncategorized