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Jeremy Friedlander–Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Romania

Name: Jeremy K. Friedlander

Class Year: 2018

Hometown: Bethesda, MD

Major(s): Business Administration, Religion

Opportunity and Year: Fulbright Program for U.S. Students, 2018-19

Project Summary: As a Fulbright in Romania, I will spend a year working in a Romanian university with a professor and serving as a resource for students – empowering them with the language skills needed to take advantage of economic, educational and professional opportunities. The second part of the Fulbright involves developing a supplementary project. My project will involve working with national and local organizations, like Romanian Children’s Relief (RCR), to improve school attendance and performance for disadvantaged and marginalized children so that they, too, have an opportunity to become active, responsible community members.

Why did you apply for this opportunity? I applied for the Fulbright in Romania because it: offers a unique combination of teaching, learning and service experiences in a country where I have been volunteering since I was 14; offers me the opportunity to engage in cross cultural dialogue; and exposes me to a myriad of perspectives and the larger political, social and economic landscape that impacts Romania and the European Union.

Extracurricular Involvement:

Romanian Children’s Relief (RCR), Advisory Board Member and Volunteer, 2011 – Present
Minks Rugby Football Club 2014 – 2018
Head Student Coordinator, Freshmen Orientation, Appalachian Adventure 2015-2016
Driver, Traveller Safe Ride Program 2015-2016
Treasurer & Team Member, Minks Rugby Football Club, 2014 – Present
Campus Kitchen Volunteer, Washington and Lee University, 2015 – Present
Marathoner, Disney World Marathon, 2017

Off-campus Experience:

Ireland – W&L –May term, 2017
Romania – U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, Public Relations Intern, Summer 2016
Honduras, Summer study, 2012
UK – Lived and studied in Surrey, England at TASIS 2010-2011

Other travel: Cuba, Czech Republic, Italy, France, Morocco, Netherlands, Mexico, Israel, Egypt, Belgium, Finland, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Scotland, Cayman Islands, Canada, Hungary, Austria

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