How has ILP blessed yours and your family's lives?
When my wife Cheryl and I lived in Russia together, it was an incredible growing experience, both individually, and collectively. It kind of felt like a senior mission in our twenties. We also learned a lot about children, and how to interact with them. We still refer to this time in our lives as our "Parenting Internship."
Do you keep in contact with any of your students?
Yes, my sweet "little" boy Rubik (Reuben) who was 3 when I first taught him, just friended me on Facebook a few months ago! He is now 24, living in Moscow, using his English at work every day.
Advice for volunteers?
Put the kids first, which means teaching them or preparing to teach them, and all the other amazing opportunities (studying the language, travelling, shopping, etc.) will fall into their proper place. There is nothing more meaningful then when you're teaching the kids, and both you and they are having fun, talking, and interacting. Its amazing seeing your students learn, grow, and enjoy themselves.