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Fulbrighters Sharing their Stories and Adventures from Around the World

Are you a Fulbrighter with an adventure to share? Want to share your Fulbright Effect on how you’re making an impact? Have ideas for social innovation and ways we can do more good worldwide? Email your articles, videos and photos to info@fulbright.org to share with fellow alumni.

Combining Travel and Service for a Meaningful Adventure

My Envision Fulbright & Timmy Global Health Service Trip to Las Canas, Dominican Republic By: Meg Ramey I daydream often about where my next travel adventure will be. I read travel blogs, talk to coworkers about their vacations, and browse […]
Alumni Interview with Alejandro Toledo

Alumni Interview with Alejandro Toledo

Alumni Interview with Alejandro Toledo, Fulbrighter and former President of Peru It is not uncommon for Fulbrighters to say that the program has changed their lives, but not many can claim as dramatic a turn as Dr. Toledo. From a childhood […]
Reflections on my Fulbright Service Trip to Serbia

Reflections on my Fulbright Service Trip to Serbia

Kathy Parkison Reflects on Her Fulbright Service Trip to Serbia “You need to ‘sling’ the mortar into the space, not shove it in. Here, let me show you.” Thus began my introduction to historically accurate stone structure repair. As a Fulbright […]
Danielle Cho Selected for YOA Global Leaders Mission to Argentina in July

Danielle Cho Selected for YOA Global Leaders Mission to Argentina in July

Danielle Cho Selected for this Inaugural Fulbright Alumni Scholarship to Serve on a YOA Global Leaders Mission to Argentina in July The Fulbright Association partners with the Global Leaders Program, a YOA Youth Orchestra of the Americas initiative, to provide scholarships […]
Reflections on My Trip to Albania: Interview with Gale Workman

Reflections on My Trip to Albania: Interview with Gale Workman

Gale Workman, a professor emerita at Florida A&M University who went on her Fulbright to Canada in 2007, reflects on her service trip with alumni to Albania. Working Alongside the People Who Live and Work in Albania Gale Workman has traveled to over […]
Savor Peru’s Rich Culinary Tradition, Stand in Wonder at Machu Picchu

Savor Peru’s Rich Culinary Tradition, Stand in Wonder at Machu Picchu

Interview with Elio Leturia, Associate Professor of Journalism at Columbia College A Fulbright alumnus from Lima who frequently takes groups on tours of Peru, Elio Leturia shares some of his insights on what is remarkable about the Peruvian culture, history and sights. […]
My Journey as Founder of Grain de Sel Togo: From Receiver to Giver

My Journey as Founder of Grain de Sel Togo: From Receiver to Giver

My Journey as Founder of Grain de Sel Togo: From Receiver to Giver By Brad K. Hounkpati, Chairman/President, Grain de Sel Togo Our quest to support the education of needy students in Togo continues with Grain de Sel Togo Grain de Sel […]
New Book on Starting a Career Working for Peace from Fulbrighter David J. Smith

New Book on Starting a Career Working for Peace from Fulbrighter David J. Smith

Fulbrighter David J. Smith’s New Book on Starting a Career Working for Peace  In 2015, the worldwide refugee population topped 60 million for the first time since WWII – and the population is growing. Indeed, as globalization continues to unite […]
Threatened by climate change, ski industry responds by backing CCL policy

Threatened by climate change, ski industry responds by backing CCL policy

Threatened by climate change, ski industry responds by backing CCL policy By Alex Counts, Fulbright Scholar When I tell people that my wife loves to ski, they often ask how I feel about the sport. My answer is always the same: […]
Ellick Wins Pulitzer for “The Killing of Karkhunda” Video

Ellick Wins Pulitzer for “The Killing of Karkhunda” Video

Congratulations to Adam Ellick for His Pulitzer Video Adam Ellick, New York Times Senior Video Journalist, Fulbright to Indonesia Source: Fulbright Association, Greater New York chapter, May eNewsletter Kudos to New York Times Senior Video Journalist and Fulbright Alumnus, Adam […]
Remembering Dr. Rolf Hoffmann Executive Director of the German Fulbright Commission

Remembering Dr. Rolf Hoffmann Executive Director of the German Fulbright Commission

With great sadness the German Fulbright – Kommission has informed us that their esteemed Executive Director, Dr. Rolf Hoffmann (1953-2016), passed away on April 21, 2016 in Berlin. “With enormous expertise and foresight Dr. Hoffmann managed the German-American Fulbright Program […]
Winning Logo Chosen to Celebrate 70 Years of Fulbright

Winning Logo Chosen to Celebrate 70 Years of Fulbright

Congratulations to Vanessa Cruz – our 70th Anniversary Logo Competition Winner! Former Fulbright scholar to Ireland and Austria, Vanessa Cruz, has won our logo competition! Her design as shown above will be used for the rest of the year to celebrate […]
Kim Eger Inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars

Kim Eger Inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars

Fulbright Association Board Treasurer Kim Eger was recently inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars. The induction ceremony took place in the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Nancy Neill, president of […]
Alumni Spotlight: Remembering Donald Weinstein

Alumni Spotlight: Remembering Donald Weinstein

Alumni Spotlight: Remembering Influential Renaissance Historian, and Fulbrighter, Donald Weinstein Few people have left as significant a legacy in their field as Donald Weinstein. Through his extensive studies in the US and his Fulbright grant that took him to Italy in 1953, Weinstein’s crowning […]
Distinguished Fulbrighters Impacting the World

Distinguished Fulbrighters Impacting the World

Three distinguished Fulbright alumni were recently recognized for their ability to “forge new discoveries and change the world” by the Institute for International Education. These Fulbrighters have made outstanding contributions to science, technology and human rights, and all have recognized their Fulbright […]
Extraordinary Fulbrighters: Dr. Koji Nakanishi

Extraordinary Fulbrighters: Dr. Koji Nakanishi

The inaugural subject of our “Extraordinary Fulbrighters” video series is Dr. Koji Nakanishi, Centennial Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Columbia University. Dr. Nakanishi was the “first student from a so called enemy country” to come study in the United States. […]
To prevent the SDGs from failing, think of them as one cause

To prevent the SDGs from failing, think of them as one cause

Fulbrighters John Sargent and Ernest Darkoh authored “To Prevent the SDGs from Failing, Think of Them as One Cause” on the World Economic Forum. They describe 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) as a linked set of root causes and outcomes to avoid […]

Fulbright Alumni Urge Congress to Support FY16 Funding for Fulbright Scholarships & International Exchanges

Support Strong Fulbright & International Exchange Appropriation Funding in FY16 Omnibus Bill Write Your Members of Congress Now!! Congress is working on an FY16 Omnibus Bill to fund the federal government past December 11, when the Continuing Resolution (CR) currently […]
Paying It Forward: The Dream Scholarship in Panama

Paying It Forward: The Dream Scholarship in Panama

Imagine you’re nineteen years old. You live in a small house off the side of a dusty road in rural Latin America. You wake up right before the sun rises. The cock crows. You rub your groggy eyes, shuffle out […]
Fulbright Albania Blog Posts

Fulbright Albania Blog Posts

To find out more about our trip to Albania, read some of these participant accounts: Overview En Route to Albania by Nancy Neill Window to Albania by Mary Stanton Impressions from Spac Prison and Visits with Officials by Nancy Neill
En Route to Albania

En Route to Albania

En Route to Albania September 6, 2015 This trip began before it began. As soon as I settled at my gate in Atlanta someone paged me. It turned out to be Maria Elena Chavez, an outgoing multi-lingual teacher from New […]
Impressions from Spac Prison and Visits with Officials

Impressions from Spac Prison and Visits with Officials

September 18 & 19, 2015 What a remarkable experience we had on our last day in Albania!  Our partner, Cultural Heritage Without Borders, arranged for a former prisoner to travel with us to SpaÇ Prison, an isolated and punitive place […]
Fulbright Alumni Service Corps in Albania

Fulbright Alumni Service Corps in Albania

Nestled hundreds of feet underground, Mary Ellen Schmider and Nancy Neill toured an Albanian bunker– an entire subterranean city built in the Cold War to preserve the government and all its ministries and committees from atomic attack. Through the Fulbright […]
EnvisionFulbright: Mary Stanton Brings Glasses to Guatemala

EnvisionFulbright: Mary Stanton Brings Glasses to Guatemala

Carefully wrapped up in the clothes packed away in Mary Stanton’s suitcase were four hundred pairs of reading glasses to be distributed to the visually impaired of Xela, Guatemala. Over the course of her eight-day trip with EnvisionFulbright, Mary, a […]
EnvisionFulbright: Suzanne Tierney Gives Back in the Dominican Republic

EnvisionFulbright: Suzanne Tierney Gives Back in the Dominican Republic

For nine days in August, Fulbright Alumnus Suzanne Tierney of the Greater Pudget Sound chapter made a difference in the Dominican Republic through an EnvisionFulbright service trip. Suzanne accompanied a group of sixteen student volunteers and seven medical professionals on […]
TEDxFulbright Spotlight: Dolph Lundgren

TEDxFulbright Spotlight: Dolph Lundgren

Dolph Lundgren to headline TEDxFulbright The Fulbright Association is thrilled to announce this very special TEDxFulbright speaker: Dolph Lundgren who will be on stage in Los Angeles this September. Mr. Lundgren is the epitome of the action hero, appearing in […]
Annual Conference Spotlight: Dikembe Mutombo

Annual Conference Spotlight: Dikembe Mutombo

Philanthropist and NBA Legend Dikembre Mutombo to Speak at Annual Conference Dikembe Mutombo is a champion of many humanitarian efforts and a frequent speaker on his home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Best known for his 18 years […]
EnvisionFulbright Scholarship

EnvisionFulbright Scholarship

MILLENNIAL SCHOLARSHIPThe Fulbright Association is excited to announce these services trips for alumni to pay it forward distributing much needed reading glasses through our EnvisionFulbright program. A $500 millennial scholarship will be offered to young alumni, apply here! If you […]
Fulbrighters Dr. John Sargent and Dr. John Darkoh recognized by Schwab Foundation

Fulbrighters Dr. John Sargent and Dr. John Darkoh recognized by Schwab Foundation

The Schwab Foundation has selected BroadReach Healthcare co-founders Dr. John Sargent and Dr. Ernest Darkoh as 2015 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs for Social Entrepreneurship. Both Dr. Sargent and Dr. Darkoh have worked for years to effect sustainable social change by creating scalable […]
Support Nepal: Donate to Help the Victims of Nepal

Support Nepal: Donate to Help the Victims of Nepal

Over 3,300 people have been killed with 6,800 more reported injured in the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which struck Nepal on April 25, 2015. More than 6 million people live within 60 miles of the epicenter, located 50 miles northwest of […]
USPS Unveils Stamp Honoring Civil Rights Activist & Fulbrighter Maya Angelou

USPS Unveils Stamp Honoring Civil Rights Activist & Fulbrighter Maya Angelou

A crowd of 1,700 came out April 7, 2015, including Oprah Winfrey, first lady Michelle Obama and former UN Ambassador Andrew Young, for Maya Angelou’s forever stamp dedication at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC. It was a touching ceremony […]
Senator King discusses foreign policy at UMF

Senator King discusses foreign policy at UMF

Posted by Ben Hanstein FARMINGTON – On the heels of a congressional trip to the Middle East and a speech on the Senate floor about the dangers of cyber-terrorism, Sen. Angus King appeared at Lincoln Auditorium Friday, at an event […]
In Memory of Erin Randall

In Memory of Erin Randall

Alumni Spotlight Known as a professor of journalism to his students at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Dr. Michael Dorsher is a mentor to many. However, he says one of his fondest teaching achievements was when he trained friend […]
Current Fulbrighter Connecting Youth Leaders in Haiti

Current Fulbrighter Connecting Youth Leaders in Haiti

A group of 28 young professionals from Haiti and around the world are collaborating in an unprecedented way to organize the very first international youth forum in Haiti from November 15-18, 2014 at the Henry Christophe Campus in Limonade, Haiti. […]

Congressman Tom Cole (R-Ok) Meets with Former FA Executive Director, Steve Reilly

“For nearly eight decades, the Fulbright Program has proven invaluable in fostering meaningful dialogue between the United States and other cultures, including notable political elites from dozens of nations across the world. Through partnerships abroad, hundreds of thousands of fellows, […]

Senate provides 3.9% increase for exchanges in FY15, and full funding for Fulbright and citizen exchanges

By Mark Overmann – Alliance The Senate State-Foreign Operations (SFOPS) Appropriations Subcommittee has proposed $590.77 million for Department of State international exchange programs in FY15. This funding number is a $22 million (or 3.9 per cent) increase over both the […]

Fulbrighter is New U.S. Poet Laureate

Photo by: Andrew Shurtleff for The New York Times Fulbright alumni Charles Wright, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, was named last week as the new U.S Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress, the New York Times reported. Wright, also a retired professor […]
Fulbright Wins Prestigious Prince of Asturias Award

Fulbright Wins Prestigious Prince of Asturias Award

Fulbright Program Wins Prestigious Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation The Prince of Asturias Foundation announced yesterday the winner of the prestigious Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation. The Fulbright Program was chosen as the 2014 recipient. US […]
Dara the Explorer

Dara the Explorer

About Me I am Dara. I am a 22 year old who just graduated from American University in May 2013 with a degree in International Relations. Instead of following the crowd and getting a job, I am going to Maracaibo, […]

Leaves of Kimchi

Spring Forward rom today’s high of 77 (?!) and the forecast’s display of high 60s across the board for the next several days, it seems that Korea has skipped over spring entirely and jumped right into summer… Okay, that’s actually […]
Andrew Goes to Korea

Andrew Goes to Korea

소방 훈련 (Fire Drill) Today there was a 소방 훈련 (fire drill), and unsurprisingly, I wasn’t informed of it until about half an hour before it was to take place. Of course, I’m sure somebody must have announced this days […]

“Mis(s)adventures: The Life of a Fulbrighter in Russia”

Surprises and Karaoke and Lead Paint The last month has been one of the fullest and most fun of my life. The two groups of fourth year students I taught last semester came back from student teaching at the end […]
The Gorkha Dispatch

The Gorkha Dispatch

XII: Topography For Jeanie, Annie, Martha, Sydney, Kelly, Virginia, Yasmin, and Rachel — who walked a long way beside me. In the immense and desperate beauty of the sky, 16,345 feet above the surface of the ocean, we are forced […]
Small World

Small World

About I am a beekeeper and biologist living in Chiapas, Mexico. I’ll be here from August 2013 – July  2014 on a Fulbright grant, working with local beekeepers to document the organic beekeeping movement as it occurs. My background is […]

Jason Fields

Tough Times Not unexpectedly as I am approaching 9 months away from home now, I have hit a low point in my time here.  I informed my Russian tutor today I no longer wanted to have lessons with her.  I […]
REISE READY

REISE READY

When students rise: protesting university cuts in Germany In response to news that the state government planned to cut university funding by about 10-15%, students and professors of Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, along with political activists and concerned citizens, planned a […]
Molly in Thailand

Molly in Thailand

A month of adventures I’m back in Thailand now after my month of traveling in between semesters and I couldn’t have had a better time. I started off the trip taking a two-day slow boat down the Mekong River from a […]
From Miltown to Kaohsiung City

From Miltown to Kaohsiung City

Spring Snapshots I have been pretty busy lately, but mostly with things that aren’t very blog-worthy–things like wrapping up final projects and exams with my sixth graders (who graduate in three weeks), helping put together our end-of-the-year project for the […]

Slow Food Photography

Interview with Sini Forssell The following is a video interview with Sini Forssell fromRuokaosuuskunta, discussing the first Finnish CSA.    
Memoirs From Colombia

Memoirs From Colombia

It’s All a Matter of Perspective… About a week after I moved into my new apartment, I was faced with something I had been avoiding doing for the last week: washing clothes. Now, in the States, washing clothes was not […]
Ruta Surreal, Part 2

Ruta Surreal, Part 2

Todo Vuela y Se Va… I just skimmed over my last blog entry from about a month ago…is it possible that was only a month ago? To all of you who know me as ‘Corinna the one who plans every […]
When every corner speaks of possibility

When every corner speaks of possibility

Laughing and Growing in a Change of Scenery   Through my past experiences of traveling, I have discovered the richness of other cultures. Whether it is working with abused women in Dominican Republic, building houses in Mexico, visiting the ICTY […]
Sam Auger

Sam Auger

Bulgaria I will be living in Haskovo, Bulgaria between August 2013 and July 2014 working as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant.    
Need

Need

Ceramics I just got home from one of my favorite places in Dobrich: the ceramics shop. It’s a little room in the Old Town part of Dobrich, the one rebuilt in 1976 as a model of old Bulgarian architecture and […]
Isabelle en Guadalajara

Isabelle en Guadalajara

Updates Dearest reader, I have neglected my blog for quite a few weeks. That doesn’t mean exciting things haven’t been happening, it just means I’ve been busy living those moments instead of photographing them and writing them down. As much […]
Kyoto Chronicle

Kyoto Chronicle

Horseback Archery Last week marked the conclusion of the 葵祭 [Aoi Matsuri], or the “Hollyhock Festival,” which is held each year in Kyoto during the first two weeks of May. Along with the “Festival of Ages” [Jidai Matsuri] (時代祭) in […]
The Grenier Family’s Iceland Experience

The Grenier Family’s Iceland Experience

A day at the museum Marcus Garvey said, “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” If Iceland is that tree, it is not in danger of being uprooted any […]

Amy in Mostar

Media coverage   Each day here in Virginia has been beautiful and sunny. The creek next to my house is low and sparkling in the light. But each morning, I go online to see what is the state of affairs […]
Samantha

Samantha

Sports Day & School Anniversary Nan’ao Elementary Sports Day
Laura in Kosovo

Laura in Kosovo

My Students Yeah, my students are really cute. 🙂  
DÖNER IN DEUSTCHLAND

DÖNER IN DEUSTCHLAND

Swabian cooking with a dash of German hospitality Despite some of my previous gripes about the food here in Southern Germany, there are a few specialties in this region that almost make up for the lack of diversity. I had the chance […]

A Bibliophile Abroad

So-o I won’t hes-ah-ah-tate Teachers all around Malaysia got a lot of love this past Friday, for it was Hari Guru, a.k.a. Teacher’s Day! Every school ends up celebrating this educator appreciation day in some way shape or form, and […]

The Path Les Travels

Monthly Newsletters I know, I know. It has been a very long time since I last posted a blog.This year, I’ve started writing monthly newsletters that I’m sending out.They are available for viewing on MalaysiaMonthly.wordpress.com My February, March, and April newsletters are […]
Ashley in Malaysia

Ashley in Malaysia

Selamat Hari Guru! Teacher’s Day is a big deal in Malaysia, and on Friday, May 16, I got to experience it for myself. Classes were cancelled, and instead, the students – organized by the prefects – planned activities and a […]
Mi Vida Guatemalteca

Mi Vida Guatemalteca

MUSEO IXCHEL –  Museum of Indigenous Textiles Today, I finally visited Museo Ixchel, the museum of indigenous textiles and traditional dress (it’s only about a five minute walk from my apartment, but I just got around to checking it out). […]
Old Lynne to Buenos Aires

Old Lynne to Buenos Aires

 ¡Bienvenidos! Come with me as I explore Buenos Aires, Argentina. This journey will take me through the streets, into schools, universities, and various human rights organizations – all on the quest for finding out how Argentina’s past has impacted its […]
Zivot v Znojmo 2013-2014

Zivot v Znojmo 2013-2014

An Unintentional Walk Down Memory Lane The past week called for a lot of reflection as it officially marked my 1-year anniversary of graduation from The College of William and Mary. The weekend snuck up on me. All of a […]

Fulbright in Oaxaca, Mexico

Night Thoughts… Hello all,   First, I wanted to apologized for not being so good at keeping up with my blog. Lately, I’ve been pretty busy working on some other things including a research paper that ideally, I want to […]

Austria!

It’s been a little while Wow—it’s been a while since updating this blog. I won’t go into too much into detail over the last few months, since that could probably fill a novel. Instead I’ll just provide a few highlights. […]
BBiK

BBiK

This is a 加水站 (jia shui zhan), which literally translates to “add water station”. It’s like a gas station but with water. Clean water. These stations are everywhere, but this is possibly the creepiest one I have come across. The […]
Short Term Memories

Short Term Memories

She Will Always Be Home She will always be home. When I have traveled too far to remember from whence I came, And the road I am on is confused and forgettable, I will look to her, my native land, […]
Ni Gringa, Ni Chilanga

Ni Gringa, Ni Chilanga

24 HORAS EN EL DF/24 HOURS IN THE DF The New York Times recently published “36 Hours in Mexico City”(http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/travel/36-hours-in-mexico-city.html?_r=0). The travel-piece gives travelers great advice on what to do and where to go in the D.F., or Distrito Federal. It also gave […]

SeoulShine

TERRIBLE PARENTING I can already tell I’m going to be a terrible parent. Because I refuse to believe my students are anything but angels. Every single one of them. Despite the fact that I did indeed myself attend high school. […]
Navigating Nagoya

Navigating Nagoya

Himeji (姫路市) Our first stop after dropping Karen off at the Osaka International Airport, was a town in Hyogo Prefecture called Himeji. Himeji is especially famous for its castle (called Himeji Castle), which was first built in the 14th Century […]
A Case of Wanderlust

A Case of Wanderlust

Scenes from the Neighborhood There has been a call for pictures of my life. Sure, sure, I give those to you all the time, but what of my neighborhood? Weekends I often find myself on a wander. There aren’t really many […]
Words to Travel By

Words to Travel By

The Cameron highlands The Cameron Highlands sit perched in air higher and cooler than the rest of Malaysia. If its mountains could talk they’d be relaxed, shoulders low, head turned to the east toward Terengganu with a look of compassion […]
Envision. Believe. Act.

Envision. Believe. Act.

Endings are Beginnings “Ends are not bad things, they just mean that something else is about to begin.” – C. Joybell C. Reflections As my time in Jordan is coming to an end, I’ve been able to reflect a lot […]
Tangled Up in Blue

Tangled Up in Blue

4 Rivers Trail: The Conclusion When I set out on my journey across South Korea, I somehow found myself in the camp that I vowed never to be apart of: the Eat Pray Love-ers traveling in search of some transcendental experience. […]
Buckeye in Bulgaria

Buckeye in Bulgaria

An “Opa”Week Opa is perhaps the single-most useful word I’ve come across while in Bulgaria. Drop a dish? opa. Run into someone? opa. Mix up student names? opa. Need to express that yes, you messed up but it doesn’t really […]
Home Sweet Malaysia

Home Sweet Malaysia

A visit from the White House A few weeks ago, one of the biggest U.S.-Malaysian relations events in the past decade occurred; President Obama visited Kuala Lumpur. Obama is only the second U.S. President in history to travel to Malaysia, […]
A Singer’s Swiss Adventure

A Singer’s Swiss Adventure

Ullmann Concert I am very excited to let everyone know about the upcoming Viktor Ullmann (1898-1944) chamber music concert that I’ve been planning. This is has been a great learning experience for me and feel the wiser for it. Come […]
Aviva’s Bulgarian Adventures

Aviva’s Bulgarian Adventures

Its been awhile Hello family and friends,Its been so long I am not sure where to start. I have traveled a lot since I last posted.I have done a lot of exploring of Bulgaria and beyond.I have also been doing […]
Joshua’s Trip to Mexico City

Joshua’s Trip to Mexico City

DAY 226:YUCATAN From the moment I was awarded the Fulbright, people have asked me how is Mexico. Many questions revolve around drug violence, indigenous people, … and the beaches. What many people fail to realize is that Mexico is an absolutely beautiful […]
Quillcana

Quillcana

Face-in-the-Cake and Congratulations on Being Alive I’ve mentioned before that Ecuadorians take celebrations extremely seriously.  There is no such thing as a half-hearted party, or an unimportant holiday.  There is definitely no such thing as a good reason not to celebrate […]
Deixa te falar UMA COISA

Deixa te falar UMA COISA

 Crack Open a Cold one How do you like your beer?  Here’s how people in Teresina prefer it: Like a wedding dress  (Como vestido de noiva) Like a concrete worker’s leg  (Como canela de pedrero) Like a seal’s rear end […]
Teaching in Thailand

Teaching in Thailand

I’ve been in Thailand for four months now, and while it doesn’t seem like it from my blog, the majority of my time is actually spent doing what Fulbright sent me here to do, which is teach! First of all, […]

Elaine Teacher

My favorite magicians ♡  
FROM ALASKA TO CHINA TO BELGIUM

FROM ALASKA TO CHINA TO BELGIUM

American Week @ Sint-Andries As my year in Antwerp started to draw to a close, I thought what would be a better way to foster cultural exchange by putting on an American Week at my Sint-Andries school? So, I grouped together […]

The Rice Papers

Running 4 Resettlement: Support North Korean Defectors! I’ve been in South Korea since July 2013 on a Fulbright Fellowship with the U.S. Department of State. Throughout, I’ve been exposed to enlightening cultural experiences and challenges. However, perhaps some of the most […]
Can’t stop, Won’t stop

Can’t stop, Won’t stop

OH, HELLO AGAIN ITALY Being so close to Italy, it’s hard to stay away. Visiting Venice and Verona again felt a bit like seeing old friends. It’s been almost a year since I’ve seen them, but we pick up right […]
Allow the Unexpected

Allow the Unexpected

EASTER IN THE LENÇÓIS MARANHENSES Over Semana Santa (Holy Week) I left Recife to see a new side of Brazil.  Some of the ETAs from Teresina, Recife, and Fortaleza met in São Luís, the capital of the state of Maranhão, to […]
The Year of Living Differently

The Year of Living Differently

An Inside Look at Indonesian Democracy A group of energized Indonesians speed by on their motorbikes wearing the same colors, honking, yelling, and waving flags for their party’s candidate. It’s election season in Indonesia. For weeks, there have been colorful […]
A Fulbright Experience in Taiwan

A Fulbright Experience in Taiwan

Finish that word! All in all, teaching elementary English is a straightforward profession. Most of the lessons revolve around teaching the ABC’s (1st and 2ndgrade), simple grammar and vocabulary (3rd grade), and multi-syllable words/more grammar (4th, 5th, and 6th grade). A common trend […]
From North Carolina to Mexico

From North Carolina to Mexico

Questioning Neutrality – Learning to work on the personal, while using professional skills Neutrality is something we are taught to strive for in the practice of professional social work in the US.  Maintaining neutrality often means you can guide better, you […]
My Life in Russia

My Life in Russia

MY SHAKESPEARE SPEECH The international department asked me if I could go to a conference at the library to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. I explained that I hadn’t read Shakespeare in over 8 years and admitted I don’t even like Shakespeare. […]
E is for Everest

E is for Everest

WOW This is why I believe in the discipline of travel. It does something to the soul that no other activity can touch. It stretches your mind and perspective in new and extraordinary ways. I travel to remember that I’m […]
Explore. Dream. Discover.

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Easter in Croatia=Non-stop Eating It seems that for me, experiencing a holiday in a new country really just means trying as many new foods as possible…or maybe more accurately, trying to eat as many of the “traditional” foods as possible, […]

The Plan for What’s Next For those of you who want to know what’s next for me after Nepal, I wanted to let you know that I’ve recently accepted the proposal of a European prince (not to be named for […]
With The Moon on Their Wings

With The Moon on Their Wings

Countdown 46 days left in Europe. Weird, right? Most of me is incredibly excited and only some bits are beginning to feel the twinge of sadness. Here’s what’s been going on in my little world of schnitzel, wine spritzers and […]

South of Russia, North of Iran

A Farewell to Carbs (Sorta)   Recently, Azerbaijanis alongside Iranians, Tajiks, and other nations in the region celebrated the spring holiday Novruz. Yesterday, I got to celebrate mine- Pesach (or Passover, as most know it). Passover is more than just […]
En Route to Albania

En Route to Albania

En Route to Albania September 6, 2015 This trip began before it began. As soon as I settled at my gate in Atlanta someone paged me. It turned out to be Maria Elena Chavez, an outgoing multi-lingual teacher from New […]
Impressions from Spac Prison and Visits with Officials

Impressions from Spac Prison and Visits with Officials

September 18 & 19, 2015 What a remarkable experience we had on our last day in Albania!  Our partner, Cultural Heritage Without Borders, arranged for a former prisoner to travel with us to SpaÇ Prison, an isolated and punitive place […]
Fulbright Alumni Service Corps in Albania

Fulbright Alumni Service Corps in Albania

Nestled hundreds of feet underground, Mary Ellen Schmider and Nancy Neill toured an Albanian bunker– an entire subterranean city built in the Cold War to preserve the government and all its ministries and committees from atomic attack. Through the Fulbright […]
EnvisionFulbright: Mary Stanton Brings Glasses to Guatemala

EnvisionFulbright: Mary Stanton Brings Glasses to Guatemala

Carefully wrapped up in the clothes packed away in Mary Stanton’s suitcase were four hundred pairs of reading glasses to be distributed to the visually impaired of Xela, Guatemala. Over the course of her eight-day trip with EnvisionFulbright, Mary, a […]
EnvisionFulbright: Suzanne Tierney Gives Back in the Dominican Republic

EnvisionFulbright: Suzanne Tierney Gives Back in the Dominican Republic

For nine days in August, Fulbright Alumnus Suzanne Tierney of the Greater Pudget Sound chapter made a difference in the Dominican Republic through an EnvisionFulbright service trip. Suzanne accompanied a group of sixteen student volunteers and seven medical professionals on […]
TEDxFulbright Spotlight: Dolph Lundgren

TEDxFulbright Spotlight: Dolph Lundgren

Dolph Lundgren to headline TEDxFulbright The Fulbright Association is thrilled to announce this very special TEDxFulbright speaker: Dolph Lundgren who will be on stage in Los Angeles this September. Mr. Lundgren is the epitome of the action hero, appearing in […]
Annual Conference Spotlight: Dikembe Mutombo

Annual Conference Spotlight: Dikembe Mutombo

Philanthropist and NBA Legend Dikembre Mutombo to Speak at Annual Conference Dikembe Mutombo is a champion of many humanitarian efforts and a frequent speaker on his home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Best known for his 18 years […]
EnvisionFulbright Scholarship

EnvisionFulbright Scholarship

MILLENNIAL SCHOLARSHIPThe Fulbright Association is excited to announce these services trips for alumni to pay it forward distributing much needed reading glasses through our EnvisionFulbright program. A $500 millennial scholarship will be offered to young alumni, apply here! If you […]
Fulbrighters Dr. John Sargent and Dr. John Darkoh recognized by Schwab Foundation

Fulbrighters Dr. John Sargent and Dr. John Darkoh recognized by Schwab Foundation

The Schwab Foundation has selected BroadReach Healthcare co-founders Dr. John Sargent and Dr. Ernest Darkoh as 2015 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs for Social Entrepreneurship. Both Dr. Sargent and Dr. Darkoh have worked for years to effect sustainable social change by creating scalable […]
Support Nepal: Donate to Help the Victims of Nepal

Support Nepal: Donate to Help the Victims of Nepal

Over 3,300 people have been killed with 6,800 more reported injured in the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which struck Nepal on April 25, 2015. More than 6 million people live within 60 miles of the epicenter, located 50 miles northwest of […]

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