I am very anxious right now, as I'm writing this post. I'm not quite sure where to start. 

I go by Keladry online. It is actually a name inspired by a character from Tamora Pierce's books. Keladry of Mindelan begins her story as a young woman in Tortall, a kingdom where girls have very recently been legally allowed to become knights. She's the first girl to take advantage of the new law. I didn't really pick the name because of her story, though, mostly I picked it because I really like Kel from the books. She's a peaceful sort, but very strong.

I live in the United States, and I'm working on a college degree in Elementary Education, with an endorsement in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). I am so excited about it. I've recently been looking into the possibility of going overseas somewhere to teach.

The more I look into options, and where I'd maybe want to go, the more I realize how little I know and how much there is to do. I feel priviledged and spoiled for my education and I'm both guilty and thankful for it. 

So that's kind of how I ended up here, at World Pulse. It seems like a great community for getting to know people from all around the world. The sheer amount of knowledge, culture, and strength of the voices here is awe-inspiring and a bit intimidating. I hope to explore, meet interesting people, find information, and just... learn what I can to do what I can. 

 

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Welcome to World Pulse, Keladry! I enjoyed reading your introductory post, and quite understand the anxiety you expressed. I have been there many times over, but I want you to know that the World Pulse community is one place where  anxiety gives way to progressive confidence.

Guess what? You are now part of a thriving community of grassroots women leaders and supporters from 190 countries. See the World Pulse Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about our community:https://www.worldpulse.com/en/about-us/frequently-asked-questions. You can also read submissions from other community members, and learn how your voice will be transformed for impact.

I don't intend to pressure you into exploring the many networking and self discovery opportunities in the community all at once, but kindly permit me to invite you to join any of the existing groups, based on your interest(s) and or need(s). While there are plans to roll out more groups soonest, the already thriving Leadership and Economic Empowerment Groups are highly recommended.

While I assure you that all the exploring, sharing, learning and networking will be worth the while, I look forward to hearing your voice in the community and groups!  Together we can talk the talk, walk the walk, talk the walk and walk the talk!

 

Warm regards, Olanike (Greengirl)

Ah, thank you!

I did end up joining the leadership group, but I'm really not sure what all that actually means. Do you know what other groups are being created? I'm curious.

Wow, thank you for joining the leadership group! As things stand at the moment, I don't have an idea about the other groups that will be launched. Nonetheless, what I can confidently confirm to you is that plans are underway to roll them out soonest. Just keep you fingers crossed. Aha!

Now, about the leadership group, of which you are now a member, you may want to look up this links to gain more insights:

1. https://www.worldpulse.com/en/community/groups/leadership-group

2. https://www.worldpulse.com/en/community/groups/leadership-group/posts/35488

3. https://www.worldpulse.com/en/community/groups/leadership-group/posts/35807

4. https://www.worldpulse.com/en/community/groups/leadership-group/posts/35538

5. https://www.worldpulse.com/en/global-issues/stories/meet-new-world-pulse...

Moving on, there's still so much to share; and please do feel free to reach out with any other questions you may have. Enjoy!

 

Olanike

Welcome Keladry,

Great to have you here and sure, when we sometimes don't know how to begin, we usually get on the train so fast that we daze ourself.

I studied education in the university just like you are right now. I felt there was nothing I had to share until I went to a nearby country, cote d'ivoire (French speaking country) to teach English for 2 months. At that time I'd only learnt French for 6 weeks.

At the end of the 2 months, I dazed myself, I got a boost inside of me that my potentials were far greater than my 'poverty'.

World pulse is a great platform to share, learn, express, be embraced and grow.

Feel free to get on the train. You are much welcome. Do have fun also.

Hearty Cheers. Fasoranti.

...dust the smoke off the limitless treasures in you.

Thank you so much for the welcome!

How did you end up going there? Was it part of a program of some sort? How did you choose Cote D'ivorie? Do you speak French fluently now?

So I joined an organization in school called AIESEC when I found out they have an exchange program, I decided to go for an internship immediately after school just to have a feel of another environment, culture, language and for once break through my fears. Now, I speak better, not fluently in french, though I have to keep honing the language skill so as not to loose out on the vocabulary. It was a good push for me.

...dust the smoke off the limitless treasures in you.

Dera Keladry, you are welcome to the Leadership Group.The most important thing in life is PASSION. Passion is a wild fire that ignite interest.With the passion you have,and the leadership group you now belong,bet me: the sky is your starting point.

Jane.

Keladry - 

Welcome !  It may seem scary at first, but you will soon realize World Pulse is a place for safe expression to share your work and hopes and dreams. Don't worry - take it at your own pace. There is a doorway to a world of supportive sister and brother allies here, as available as much as you choose to participate!  

I love that you are exploring TESOL - congratulations! There is a very intersting organization that is in our backyard teaching TESOL with intercultural communication skills called People, Places, Things. You may find it of interest. http://www.pptpdx.com/

I look forward to hearing more from you.

Warmly,

Jensine Larsen World Pulse