Teaching Adventures in South America

By: Sophia Skaff 

I had my first teaching experience last year in Brazil. I was living in a city in the Northeast, called Aracaju, in the region Sergipe. I was placed there by the Fulbright program as an English Teaching Assistant at the Federal University of Sergipe. I held open conversation classes that students could attend. I had many students who were studying to be English Majors, as well as students from all disciplines like Engineering, Literature, Biology, etc. The levels were mixed as well, but overall most students who came weekly were in the A2 and B1 range. I presented topics that I thought would be relevant and interesting for them. I usually gave a short presentation and then opened up the class for discussion. It was a really interesting teaching experience. As I did not have a curriculum to follow, I was free to create and give my classes as I pleased. I spent nine months in Brazil, teaching, traveling and learning Portuguese.

Expect the Unexpected

By: Hannah Fox

What a wild ride the past two years have been. When I decided to quit my corporate job and move away from home in November of 2016, I had no idea that the next two years would bring so many different kinds of opportunities in so many places. At the time, I was working as a research assistant in a big, well-known policy research company in downtown Chicago. I worked in the international department and when I would tell people what I did, they would respond, “oh, cool!” But I sat most days for eight hours straight alone in my private office, working on tasks that left me wanting more. I was bored. After spending some time in France and Argentina during and after college, I knew I wanted to get back abroad but hadn’t found the right opportunity.