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

A Glimpse of Gawai

Guest Article written by Katherine Dunn State University of New York Jewel’s longhouse is more modern than others with its electricity and tile floors, though the tendency to overfeed is the same. “Makai, makai – eat, eat!” a woman says as she places a short stalk of bamboo in my hand. I peel away the green … Continue reading A Glimpse of Gawai

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

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

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