Real People: Local English teacher organizes Armenian spelling beesThe following excerpt comes from the Burlington Times News in Burlington, North Carolina, and was originally published on January 16, 2012.
Matt Oakley is a teacher who recently organized an English spelling bee for the second year in a row. Considering English is the second language to all his students, thats a pretty big deal.
Matt, from Burlington, is 19 months into his 27-month commitment to the Peace Corps Armenia, where he works at the National Institute of Education in the city of Kapan. In an email interview, Matt said his job is a little different than the rest of the teacher volunteers, who are usually assigned a specific village instead of a position with several schools.
The Peace Corps is currently working in 67 other countries in addition to Armenia, and has been in 139 countries in the organizations 50-year history, said Matt. More than 780 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Armenia alone, since the program began in the country in 1992, according to a news release. Matt is one of 98 volunteers who are currently working in Armenia, in either community and business development, or English education.
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