Not Alone

Guest Article Written by Nicole Colon New Jersey City University I had prepared myself for a lot of things before coming to Malaysia. I thought I had gotten the right products, the right advice, the right books. I had prepared myself for the culture shock, letting things go, going with the flow, and learning new … Continue reading Not Alone

A Birthday Unlike Any Other

Guest Article Written by Tristan Olson Western Washington University, WABirthdays are special in American culture, no matter where you are, but I think being in Malaysia added something that I wasn’t expecting: I was surprised people cared. It sounds weird, because I know people care about me here, but it’s true. Being an ETA, you have … Continue reading A Birthday Unlike Any Other

The View from Immersion

Guest article by Alena JaAgnes Scott College As I looked at my students bobbing on tip toes in the impossibly clear Sabah ocean, I could see their hesitation. I had cheered them on as they ran down the beach after their scuba instructors, for many their first time seeing the ocean, watched as their enthusiasm … Continue reading The View from Immersion

Satu Malaysia: Rocking Boats and Eating my Way through the Motherland

Guest article by Shaina MackinSeattle Pacific University The girls of SMK Kenering at an after school dance workshop in the canteen Turmeric stained fingertips saturated in gold carry with them evidence of fish curry; I am reminded of my breakfast as I lift marker to whiteboard and find I am, once again, out of ink. … Continue reading Satu Malaysia: Rocking Boats and Eating my Way through the Motherland

All the (ETA) World’s a Stage

Erin ShawUniversity of North Carolina at Asheville The end of the grant is starting to creep up over the horizon. In one more month, bags will be packed, the trusty Nissan Almera with a deceptively wide turning radius will be returned to the rental agency, and pre-loved baju kurungs will be boxed up for the … Continue reading All the (ETA) World’s a Stage

Lessons Learned from Teaching

Guest article by Josh Frank Trinity College  One of my first goals in becoming an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) was to understand the needs of my community. At state orientation for Terengganu, the east coast state where I now live, I had the opportunity to ask my mentor questions about where students needed the most … Continue reading Lessons Learned from Teaching

A Roller Coaster of Feels: The Trials and Triumphs in Hosting an English Camp

Guest Article by Lalitha AduryAmerican University  As ETAs, we have a diverse job description. We co-teach 20 hours a week, get involved in, or even run and lead, extracurricular activities and clubs, and are required to host two English camps for our students. While I enjoy all (eh, maybe more like most) aspects of my … Continue reading A Roller Coaster of Feels: The Trials and Triumphs in Hosting an English Camp

Into the Abstract

Guest Article by Joey Krenz  University of Minnesota, Twin Cities              When I applied for a Fulbright ETA grant in Malaysia, the last place I expected to be living was up in the mountains.  Fast-forward to January 2017 and I’m living in Ranau, a small town at the base of Mt. Kinabalu on the island … Continue reading Into the Abstract

It Depends on Your Placement

Guest article by Nathan StaufferUniversity of Pennsylvania It depends on your placement.If you are fortunate enough to be selected as a Fulbright ETA in Malaysia, that phrase will plague your thoughts from the day you receive your grant letter until the second week of in-country orientation. At first, it may excite you because of the exhilarating … Continue reading It Depends on Your Placement

A poem: Two Squares Of Light Cast Out The Window

Guest article by Carlina DuanUniversity of MichiganPoem first presented at a celebration of the 2016 ETA program at the National Library of Malaysia on October 31, 2016.  Carlina and her Form 4 students at the release party of their literary arts anthology, Underneath My Heart (in collaboration with SMK Jengka 16 & 18). One of … Continue reading A poem: Two Squares Of Light Cast Out The Window