Check out the fifth edition of narrative reflection from our 2015-16 English Teaching Assistants (ETAs)!!!!
Danielle Lee is a Fulbright-AMCHAM ETA at Maerim Wittayakhom School in Chiang Mai Province. She is originally from Los Angeles, California. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, where she studied Global Health with minors in International Relations and Natural Sciences. She enjoys trying new foods, meeting new people, exploring the beautiful mountains of Chiang Mai, and watching movies. After her Fulbright grant, she hopes to attend medical school to become a doctor and be involved in the international health system. Throughout her reflection, she reflects on making strong relationships and creating communities through sports, particularly Ultimate Frisbee and running. She is grateful for finding her own communities, realizing that sports can be a powerful vehicle for communication when facing language barriers.
Kayla was born and raised in Southwest Oklahoma. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2014 with a degree in Elementary Education. Kayla is a 2015-16 Fulbright-AMCHAM English Teaching Assistant at BanKumuang School in Ubon Ratchathani where she teaches 3rd through 9th grade. In her free time, Kayla likes exploring Ubon with her host teacher P’Nuan, and eating all of the Thai food she can. After Fulbright, Kayla hopes to bring a little bit of Thailand back to an elementary classroom in America, and share her experience with her future students. She tells us about her cross-cultural exchange experience in Thailand in the past 9 months—a lesson in the rain. She has learned a great deal about letting go and embracing the sabai sabai (Thai style’s go-with-the-flow lifestyle). The story portrays gratitude, joy, and understanding—after all, Thailand and America really are not that different, just the same way Kayla is not really that different from her students.
Kelsey Lee is from Lincoln, Nebraska. She received a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2013 and has since served as an advocate for refugees in her home state. Kelsey is a 2015-2016 Fulbright-AMCHAM English Teaching Assistant at Chiang Saen Wittayakom School in Chiang Rai Province, where she is teaching Mattayom 1- Mattayom 6 (grades 7-12). In her narrative, Kelsey expressed what she has learned to become a successful teacher by listening and understanding her students. She believes that through listening and observing her students will create a worthwhile learning not only for the students but also for the teachers.
Alyssa is from Lawrence, Massachusetts and graduated Valedictorian from Saint Michael’s College with a BA in Anthropology/Sociology and Environmental Studies. Prior to Fulbright, she served as an AmeriCorps Fellow at a Boston middle school. She most recently served as a Fulbright-AMCHAM ETA at Jorakhe Wittayayon School in Khon Kaen province. She enjoyed bringing laughter and movement to learning through vocabulary games and her students’ favorite, Bingo. Throughout her time in Thailand, Alyssa has been able to connect with her surrounding community, helping the local veterinarian and playing badminton with teachers. She enjoyed participating in two of Thailand’s half-marathons and forming life-long friendships. Alyssa was once afraid of not being able to be a part of her community in Thailand. However, she found out that sports and other extra activities can be the thing that connected her with the locals who have forever impacted her life.