Fulbright Year: 2014-2015
Proposal Type: English Teaching Assistantship
UGA Undergraduate Major: Spanish
Graduation Date: Summer 2014
Hometown: Warner Robins, Georgia
Tiffany Brown makes no bones about her professional and personal goals – she wants to be the best Spanish teacher she can possibly be, and she wants to establish a family literacy center in the community where she lives to enable illiterate adults and newcomers to this country to enjoy the gift of reading.
During a Fulbright year that will include much in the way of teaching and learning, Tiffany should be able to make great strides toward her goals. She will spend the bulk of her time at the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia, teaching English, leading conversation clubs, giving private tutorials, and hosting a program at the university’s English radio station.
When she’s not working at the university, Tiffany will volunteer for a local educational organization with plans to offer English classes for students who might otherwise not be able to attend.
“I am most looking forward to intercultural exchange,” says Tiffany, whose study abroad excursions as a UGA undergrad included Argentina and Uruguay. “My favorite part about travel and living abroad isn’t sightseeing, but engaging with the individuals in the community and learning about their customs, habits, and perspectives. As I learn more about and participate in Colombia’s culture, I hope that all of those that I encounter learn more about the United States in an authentic and meaningful way.”
An Honors International Scholar who also received the Eugene Freeman Memorial Scholarship, the CURO Summer Research Fellowship, and the University of Georgia Incentive Scholarship, Tiffany is already classroom-seasoned, having served as a student teacher for two Athens-area schools, and she’s provided ESL instruction through Oasis Católico Santa Rafaela (for Hispanic Pre-K students) and Pinewoods Library (for adult Latino immigrants).
“With the rise of globalization pulling us tighter into an emerging ‘global village,’ communicating across linguistic and cultural lines has never been a more important skill for today’s students,” Tiffany says. “I hope that my students will gain this through foreign language study.”
Although Tiffany happily says she’ll follow the adage of “Plan your future, but do it in pencil,” when she returns from her Fulbright year, she’ll have several options to consider.
“I hope to stay and work in Colombia with a nonprofit organization or continue teaching English throughout Latin America,” she says. “After a few years living and working abroad, I hope to return to the United States in pursuit of a master’s degree in either Romance Languages or International Education. My ideal career would incorporate my love for languages, intercultural understanding, and travel.”
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