Tending to this Garden

Guest Article Written by Ashley Bernardo University of California, Davis A few weeks ago, I was looking out the window of my gym. It’s muggy and the four fans in the room don’t make a dent in the body heat after a fast-paced Meghan Trainor song. I stick my arm out the window hoping to … Continue reading Tending to this Garden

Have You Been to Long Pa’sia?

Guest Article Written by Griffin Kammerer Swarthmore College Since week one of school my students have been asking me a question, “Sir, have you been to Long Pa'sia yet?” Tragically, it would take me another seven months to finally reach the village and understand why they were so eager to ask me such a question. … Continue reading Have You Been to Long Pa’sia?

Life on the Unnamed Road

Guest Article written by Maddie Taylor Pennsylvania State University It’s a Friday morning at the beginning of May and something important occurs to me.As I wrap up my routine of a beach run and four-way video call with my family, a WhatsApp message from an ETA friend flashes across my screen reading “send me your … Continue reading Life on the Unnamed Road

Worry Less and Celebrate More

Guest Article written by Skye Rutherford Carthage College “So where is your friend?” my talkative neighbor asks as I try to get a bite of the nasi ayam his wife has generously placed before me. I lower my handful of rice and reluctantly divulge my roommate’s whereabouts, knowing what’s about to come, “She’s on a … Continue reading Worry Less and Celebrate More

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

Giraffe

Guest article by Matt Fernandes Syracuse University A couple months ago, I spent a lot of time reading about giraffes. Giraffes in captivity sleep about four hours a day. Wild adult giraffes apparently can sleep in short, restless bursts, only about 5 minutes at a time to lower vulnerability to predators. Many giraffes even stand … Continue reading Giraffe

Never About the Destination, Always About the Journey

Guest article by Anna Denisenko University of Central Florida Anna with her women leaders at SMK Lake When I started my Women Leaders Club at SMK Lake in Bau, Sarawak, I had roughly 15 girls (all 16 years old) rotate through my meetings. We discussed issues relating to Self Esteem, Wellness, Relationships, and of course, … Continue reading Never About the Destination, Always About the Journey

Reflections on Differences and Cross-Cultural Exchange

Guest article from Rose Tran University of Central Florida Based on her farewell speech given at the U.S. Ambassador's residence in KL, 30/10/2015 Rose painting a mural with her students This year, there were 100 ETAs who came from the United States to Malaysia. As a group, we represent nearly the entirety of the U.S. … Continue reading Reflections on Differences and Cross-Cultural Exchange

Making the World a Better Place, One Volunteer at a Time

Guest article by Amelia Spinrad Arizona State University During my time in Perlis, Malaysia, the northern part of peninsular Malaysia, right on the Thailand border, I have heard my students mention people from Burma. I ask them who lives in the houses across from our school and they tell me that the people from Burma … Continue reading Making the World a Better Place, One Volunteer at a Time