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adrienne kay, ARGENTINA, 2007-2008

Fulbright Year: 2007-2008
Country: Argentina
Proposal Type: English Teaching Assistantship
UGA Undergraduate Majors: Spanish, International Business
Graduation Date: May 2007
Hometown: Norcross, GA

While teaching English in Argentina during her Fulbright year, Adrienne Kay had her students follow her lead on making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Adrienne says this simple lesson enabled her to inform her students on the concept introductory clauses, but perhaps more importantly, it helped satisfy her desire for American-made peanut butter.

“I was living in a small town in Argentina and dying for some peanut butter,” says Adrienne, who now works as the Hispanic Entrepreneurship Coordinator for the Hispanic Committee of Virginia in Falls Church. “I asked my dad to please ship me a jar, along with a few other things I was missing. To ship my package from Atlanta to Villa María, my dad had to pay over $200… That jar of peanut butter was the most expensive and delicious of my life.”

Peanut butter aside, Adrienne says the most memorable aspects of her time in Argentina were the friendships she made and the lifestyle she encountered.

“My favorite part of the Fulbright experience was just living and sharing everyday life with the people in my town,” she says. “I spent many afternoons drinking mate (Argentine tea) by the river and talking. My friends used to drop by unannounced, any time of day and want to hang out and drink mate. I had to rise above my super-United States strict schedule, disciplined self to learn to appreciate the beauty of the people and the country.”

Upon her departure from Villa María, Adrienne’s English conversation students held a goodbye part in her honor, and she recorded a short video of a goodbye poem she wrote about their year together. It can be accessed here.

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