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

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

The Hats We Wear

Guest Article by Kayla SweeneyWestern Kentucky University I’m convinced months have fewer days here in Malaysia, although the hours sometimes pass like a humid, slow-motion film. There is much I cannot form into words yet. The constant but slow processing that happens as we learn from the students in front of us, the mountains stretched … Continue reading The Hats We Wear

The (Super) Power of Language

Guest article by Morgan Hughes College of Wooster Morgan and students participate in a small-group discussion in class. I spend a lot of time thinking about language. And not just in the sense that I teach English and so it is literally my job to think about language. Parts of speech, irregular verb conjugations, and … Continue reading The (Super) Power of Language

Berbuka Puasa – Breaking the Fast

Guest Article by Alex Clavering College of the Holy Cross ETA Alex Clavering, his family, and a teacher's family celebrating Hari Raya My alarm clock rang incessantly. It was just after 5:00 in the morning. Soon I would hear the echo of the mosque as it beckoned for the call to prayer outside of my … Continue reading Berbuka Puasa – Breaking the Fast

Embracing Imperfection

Guest Article by Emily Rivard University of Massachusetts Amherst ETA Emily Rivard with Students at SMK Bukit Mentok Perfection is easy to teach. It's an easy concept to grasp and a very easy one to reinforce. Kids learn pretty fast that if they get every question correct, do everything right, and win everything they participate … Continue reading Embracing Imperfection

Creating a Legacy of Social Change

Guest Article by John Millock Tufts University Student Amira Maruang speaking at the XChange Forum at the World Innovation Forum in KL Last April, three of my students went to a camp sponsored by the US Embassy.  The 3-day camp, called "CLICK!" was extremely ambitious, asking students from around my state (about 100 students total) … Continue reading Creating a Legacy of Social Change