Saturday, February 1, 2014

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Happy Time Go Fast: Invaluable Lesson from Teaching English Abroad

PUT YOURSELF IN THE SHOES OF A FIRST-TIME ENGLISH TEACHER AS SOON AS YOU OPEN THE BOOK! 

Humorous, informative, lighthearted and educational, Happy Time Go Fast takes you inside the classroom and standing in front of the students. Wes Weston shares amusing stories and anecdotes that illustrate his misadventures with discipline, classroom management, positive reinforcement, and even school romance. These experiences are then put into context against the serious backdrop of English education in South Korea where the English craze is uncanny. 

Happy Time Go Fast also takes you outside the classroom, examining what it’s like to live in a foreign country. From learning the Korean language to learning how to use chopsticks, from discovering the fascinating world of Konglish to discovering the tranquility of Korean saunas, Wes Weston reveals some of the cultural norms and quirks of life in South Korea. 



Amazon US: Happy Time Go Fast

Amazon UK: Happy Time Go Fast

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Volunteer Experience

Recently, I wrote a blog post for the WorldTeach organization in an effort to promote my latest book.  In the blog, I briefly discuss some of my travel experiences and touch up on the value of volunteering.  If you're interested in reading the post, you can find it here - Reflections from a WorldTeach Namibia Alumnus.

With my newest book, Watermelon is Life, I really hope to shed some light on the life of a volunteer teacher and perhaps inspire other to get involved, travel, and attempt to learn about other people and cultures.  The primary goal behind this project is to promote volunteerism and raise money for the Unlock Foundation.  For every copy of the book that is purchased, $1 will be donated to this foundation which seeks to address critical educational gaps in rural African schools.




Sunday, January 12, 2014

Invaluable Lessons from Teaching English Abroad

So it has finally happened...I've published my second travel memoir.  This next book, Watermelon is Life, captures my experience as a volunteer teacher in rural Namibia.  

In 2010, I lived and worked in a small village called Omungwelume.  This is the closest I've ever been to village life.  In Omungwelume, there are more donkeys than cars.  Amenities such as water and electricity are scarce.  In order to get around, hitchhiking is a must.  However, the experience has been such a profound part of who I am today.  I was challenged both personally and professionally.  I learned to conduct classroom lessons without many resources, even on occasion without having chalk at my disposal.  I participated in different cultural activities, opening my mind to new ways of life.  My time Namibia was full of invaluable lessons.  Ultimately, I discovered that perhaps one person can't change the world, but the world can certainly change one person.

You can follow along on this extraordinary journey, as I attempt to teach the world.



AVAILABLE ON AMAZON:  Watermelon is Life


***For every copy sold, $1 will be donated to the Unlock Foundation, which addresses critical education gaps in rural African school.
     

Sunday, June 30, 2013

New Book Cover - Watermelon is Life

I'm happy to display the new cover of my book, Watermelon is Life.  It's a wonderful illustration.  The road is actually a real picture of a dirt road in Namibia.  The wildlife in the background are all animals I saw while living and working there.  Finally, the backpacker standing on the road represents my wanderlust.  A very talented cover design artist, Clarrisa Yeo, put it together for me.  She stuck with the same theme of using silhouettes which was also used in my previous cover.

Watermelon is Life is the second book in my teacher travelogue series.  The book is about my experience as a volunteer teacher in rural Namibia.  I plan to donate some of the book's proceeds to the Unlock Foundation, an organization trying to bridge the learning gaps in rural areas in Africa. 

Currently, the manuscript is complete and undergoing revisions.  The book is expected to get published towards the end of the summer. :)





Sunday, June 16, 2013

Return to Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos

Recently, I traveled back to the Dominican Republic to visit the kids at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH).  The NPH home has grown and it now cares for 224 orphaned and abandoned children.  I was so happy that I got to spend nearly two weeks visiting with the kids, the volunteers, and NPH staff.  Oddly enough, when I arrived in the Dominican Republic and we drove to NPH, I felt like I was returning home more so than when I came back to the U.S. 

While at NPH, I got to see things through the eyes of a visitor.  Suffice to say, it was more relaxing and less stressful than when I was working there as a teacher.  For eleven days we played sports, did activities, and caught up on everything that has taken place the past year.  I really hope to make these visits a yearly tradition, and as of now I'm tentatively planning a return trip in August of 2014.  Vamos a ver!

In any event, here are some photos of my trip back home...


One of the older kids, Victor, and I at an event in Santo Domingo teaching the kids about the rights of children.


Posing with a new boy at NPH, John.  H recently arrived at the home with his older brother.

Some of the boy from my house, Santa Bernardita.

A night out in the batey for a bit of drinking and bachata.
 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Reviews - Happy Time Go Fast

As I struggle to market my book (although I've been allocating much more time to writing than marketing) I try to think of new ways to get word out there.  Every so often, I've attempted to solicit reviews from other writers or university newspapers.  So far I've gotten two reviews posted online, both are impartial and offer positive remarks.  I'm far away from declaring victory when it comes to getting reviews, but this may be a good start.

FSU News - Author Shares Advice for Teaching Abroad

Chris in South Korea - Book Review: Happy Time Go Fast

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Happy Time Go Fast - ONLY 99 cents!

For ONE WEEK only, until the end of March, I've lowered the price of my teacher travelogue, and now it's...
99 cents! 

You can find more money than that walking down the street.  Get it NOW on Amazon!

Put yourself in the shoes of a first-time English teacher as soon as you open the book! 



Humorous, informative, lighthearted and educational, Happy Time Go Fast takes you inside the classroom and standing in front of the students.  Wes Weston shares amusing stories and anecdotes that illustrate his misadventures with discipline, classroom management, positive reinforcement, and even school romance.  These experiences are then put into context against the serious backdrop of English education in South Korea where the English craze is uncanny.