Alumna receives Fulbright grant

by University Communications,

Intent on becoming an educator, Emily Anderson ’12 is getting a head start by winning a Fulbright grant to teach English in Costa Rica next year.

“This experience will help me learn more about what exact direction I would like my career path to take,” says Anderson, who majored in Spanish and environmental science.

“I am just completing a year of service at Junipero Serra Elementary School in San Francisco through AmeriCorps, and now I am excited that my grant will provide me the opportunity to continue volunteering and giving back to the community in which I will be living.”

Through the Fulbright grant, Anderson will work as an English teaching assistant at a university for 10 months, beginning in March 2014. Her responsibilities will include planning conversational activities, helping in language labs and giving presentations on the culture, politics and history of the United States.

She also hopes to study, volunteer and possibly complete a research project related to environmental science.

“I applied for the Fulbright because I believe in the importance of mutual cultural understanding and international communication,” she says. “The Fulbright will allow me to become a part of a new community and view the world from another perspective.”

Teacher Training

Anderson’s first exposure to teaching occurred as a Willamette student, when she traveled to Granada, Spain through a study-abroad program. There, she used games and activities to teach vocabulary and grammar to elementary school children.

Excited to continue teaching, Anderson says she’s equally eager to explore her interests in Spanish and environmental science.

“I will be able to volunteer and learn more about how people approach environmental issues in Costa Rica,” she says. “In this way, I will continue to give back to the community that I am a part of, an ideal instilled in me by my experience at Willamette.”

Each year the Fulbright program allows Americans to teach English, conduct research or complete graduate work in more than 150 countries. The award covers travel, research and living expenses for up to a year.

For more information on Fulbright grants and similar opportunities, contact the Office of Student Academic Grants and Awards.