Check out the newest article by our 2014 English Teaching Assistants (ETAs)!!!!
Erin McAuliffe is a native of Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Political Science and German and a minor in International Development. She is a 2014-2015 ETA in Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai Province. Post-Fulbright, Erin will complete an MA in International Affairs (Southeast Asian Studies) under a FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) Fellowship at the University of Washington and will subsequently pursue a Ph.D. in Political Science and hopefully enter the world of academia as a professor. Her professional interests are in the role of the civil society, particularly educational institutions and student movements, in democratic transitions in mainland ASEAN countries. She hopes to use her Fulbright experiences teaching to assist her in successfully engaging and collaborating with young Southeast Asian professionals and students in future research.
In this narrative reflection, Erin reflected on learning a traditional Lanna instrument, salor, and how surrounding herself with music, both familiar styles and new styles, has opened numerous doors for her to build relationships at school and in the community, like a bridge between cultures and languages.
Krista Mangiardi was raised in the farmlands of Pittsfield, MA. She is a recent graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, MA from which she received a BA in Liberal Arts and a certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Others Languages (TESOL). Her Division III thesis concentrated on Journalism, Cultural Studies, and Literature. She is currently teaching English in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. After she finishes her Fulbright grant, she will continue trying to change the world whether it be from her hometown or from a yet-to-be discovered island.
In this latest narrative reflection, Krista shares thoughts from her personal journey about how to measure the impact of her work in Thailand. She demonstrates how she has come to view positive change through her interactions with Thai strangers and her own students alike.
Flor Castellanos is from Laverne, Oklahoma and a graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. She graduated with a B.A. in German and International Studies before coming to Thailand and hopes to obtain a Masterís in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Culture upon her return. Flor is currently an ETA in Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, Thailand where she has enjoyed building community. During her free time in Mae Rim, Flor spends her time volunteering at the Foundation for Highlander Educational Development and a hostel that houses Hmong children; and learning Muay Thai with locals in her community.
With a passion for people, Flor focuses her narrative on the importance of community, and highlights how the activities we enjoy can serve as tools to build a home away from homeósources of support she likes to call "traveling communities." Flor shares with us how finding specific communities wherever she goes, has helped her see transitions in a positive light and has kept her accountable to her true self.