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Fulbright 2016-17 ETA Narrative Reflection June Edition

Check out the sixth edition of narrative reflection from our 2016-17 English Teaching Assistants (ETAs)!!!! 

Caitlin Kennedy
is from Gaithersburg, Maryland and is a 2016-2017 Fulbright-AMCHAM ETA placed in Yangtalad Wittayakarn School in Kalasin, Thailand, where she teaches English to Mattayom 4-6 students (10th-12th grade). She graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics and a minor in African Studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2013. In her free time, Caitlin likes to go rock climbing with her Thai friends in Khon Kaen, sing wildly off-tune songs in the shower under her bubble gum pink stairs, jog around the school’s football field while teachers on the sideline shout, “running, running,” and go on hiking adventures throughout the mountains of Southeast Asia. At the end of her Fulbright grant, she hopes to find a new opportunity in another part of Thailand working with an NGO to improve education for migrants and refugees.In Caitlin Kennedy’s narrative she describes the tiny sweet moments of joy she has been experiencing as an ETA this year. The story will take you on an adventure in the rural town of Yangtalad—the pleasures and reflections that have delicately woven together her experiences allow the reader to feel as though they, too, were on a journey just as sweet. 

http://etanarratives.blogspot.com/2017/06/infinite-tiny-sweet-moments_21.html


 Jessie Durning is a 2016-2017 Fulbright-AMCHAM English Teaching Assistant (ETA) at Ban Kumuang School in the Ubon Ratchathani Province. She is originally from Winnetka, Illinois. Last May, she graduated from Connecticut College with a B.A. in American Studies and Human Development as well as an elementary education teaching certification. In her free time, Jessie enjoys visiting with local friends, exploring Ubon on foot or by bike, traveling around Thailand to meet up with fellow ETA’s, and staying connected with family and friends from home. After the completion of her Fulbright grant, she plans to travel for a few months learning about other cultures and return home ready to work in a field that helps to promote cross-cultural understanding. Jessie Durning’s shares her internship experience at The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. She has learned to embrace imperfect situations—looking at them from all angles and perspectives before making a judgement. She realizes that there is no such thing as a “perfect” situation, but having an open mind and a flexible attitude can help her deal with these sometimes uncomfortable situations. She believes that these lessons will stay with her throughout her time in Thailand, both in and out of the classroom.

http://etanarratives.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-perfect-imperfect-and-everything-in.html



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