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Teaching Assistantship in Malaysia
Major in Anthropology & Sociology, Minors in Environmental Studies and Japanese
Tell me about the specifics of your program.
The program begins January 2 and ends November 2. We start with a few weeks for orientation. Learning language and teaching skills. It's at this time that we will be tested and find out our placements within the country. We will live in apartments with at least one other Fulbright fellow that is placed in the same area as us. We get a small living stipend and I believe we share a vehicle with our roommates. The majority of placements are quite rural so a vehicle is necessary for transportation. We will also be paired with a Malaysian teacher/mentor that we will work with for the duration of our time. From now until January we will get monthly "newsletters" to keep us up to date with logistics and give us more information on the program.
Why did you decide to teach abroad?
I don't have a lot of teaching experience, but I've always enjoyed working with children. I also love to travel and experience different cultures. I was interested in this particular program because of the opportunity to travel to South East Asia and because of the Malaysia's unique culture. This program also didn't require you to know the language before coming to Malaysia. This was important to me because learning other languages is something I work at, but struggle with. However, I will make a sincere effort to learn the language. This program also has the opportunity to work with afterschool programs in addition to teaching English. The chance to teach art or music helped seal the deal.
Are there any specific parts of your Knox experience that helped prepare you for this position?
Through Knox I have had many opportunities to travel and experience other cultures. I did Japan Term through the Japanese Department, I had a environmental service internship in India through the career center, and I studied abroad in Costa Rica through the Global Studies Center. These programs have taught me what it means to be a global citizen and how to be culturally sensitive and aware when traveling and living in other countries, and most importantly, how to communicate with people that are different from myself. Volunteering with APO and working for the Kleine Center for Community service has given me ample opportunity to work with children. Likewise my classes in the Japanese Department will hopefully help learning another non-romantic language not seem so intimidating.
What are you most looking forward to with the program?
I'm most excited to engage with the people. Malaysian people in general, other students in the Fulbright program, my mentor, the children, I can't wait.
At Knox, Boero played trumpet in the Knox Jazz Ensemble and New Orleans Jazz Combo. She was a member of APO and worked at the Kleine Center for Community Service and for CASA of West Central Illinois.
Raeann Boero '17 recently received a Fulbright Fellowship award to teach in Malaysia during the 2017-2018 school year. She is one of four Knox students who were selected to teach and complete research abroad.
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