As of Monday, February 24, 2014
Combining a love of teaching, travel and linguistics, Sunnyside's Hannah Vlieger will be teaching English in Russia beginning this coming fall. Vlieger said she is planning to help both children and adults in Obninsk, which is about an hour-and-a-half's drive from Moscow. "I love teaching, foreign languages and cultures," said Vlieger. She said this is an opportunity to learn a new language, although the Russian language is spoken by some living in Eastern Washington. "I also like cultural experiences," said Vlieger, who has spent time in other countries like Austria and Holland. While living in Europe, she learned to speak German and Dutch. Vlieger said she will be working for an organization called Language Link this coming school year. "Russia's school year is the same as ours," she said. Students in that country attend the language schools operated by Language Link after regular school hours, said Vlieger. She said adults take English classes to build upon their business English skills and to take exams in English. "I was looking for an opportunity to teach English and found Language Link online," she said, stating there are several organizations that provide opportunities to travel abroad for the purpose of helping people in other countries learn English. "I want to learn about the mysteries of Russia," Vlieger said, stating she wants to learn about the effects of socialism on the people living in Russia. She also wants to experience the culture there. She said it is an opportunity that benefits her, but it also benefits the people living in Obninsk. "I will be establishing connections," said Vlieger, stating she one day hopes to have her own classroom in this country, in which her travels will result in a list of pen pals for her students. She said there are a few logistics to be worked out before she leaves, but Vlieger believes she will be leaving for Russia at the end of next month or the beginning of September. "I'm just really excited," she said.