Elaine Townsend: Rockstar ETA

July 8th, 2015


Elaine Townsend, a proud UNC alumna with a degree in Middle Grades Education, recently finished two years as a Fulbright Korea ETA (’12-14).

A self-described shameless selfie expert, Townsend attributes her growth both professionally and personally to her Fulbright experience, which she says has opened new doors to the meaning of community, family, and culture.

My grant years were a wonderful whirlwind of experiences as I learned so much about myself, others, and my surrounding world. I also learned how to take shameless selfies, surf-balance on turbulent buses, and grub on makchang (막창) like it’s no one’s business.

Elaine spent her time as an ETA at the Attached Elementary School of Kyungpook National University in Daegu. Passionate about education and naturally good with kids, Elaine soon became a rockstar teacher with an equally impressive student entourage.


"The Great Outdoors" Photo Contest Winner

July 7th, 2015
"DMZ" by Karl Schultz (2014-15 ETA). August 2014.

“DMZ” by Karl Schutz (2014-15 ETA). August 2014.

In Karl’s words, “I took this photo near Hwacheon, South Korea, during the 2014 orientation trip out there. Sometimes it’s easy to forget there’s more to the DMZ than the North and South Korean soldiers facing off, and I think this image serves as a nice reminder of the natural beauty you can find at the border.”

If you would like to participate in future photo contests, please look for an announcement in our closed alumni Facebook group.


Recent Alumni Gatherings – July ’15

June 23rd, 2015
We are excited to share some pictures and news from our successful Fulbright Korea Alumni Happy Hour in Seoul!

A few nights ago, fifty alumni and current grantees gathered at The Beastro in Hongdae to enjoy some great drinks and even better company. This was the largest gathering of Fulbright Korea alumni in recent memory.

In addition to new connections and lots of reminiscing on Fulbright experiences, an auction of donated Girl Scout cookies and the generosity of the community allowed us to raise 122,000 KRW for the Fulbright Korea Alumni Fund (FKAF)! These funds will go towards helping current grantees complete research projects and community projects, enabling them to engage with Korea and their local communities in a new and meaningful way.

We want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of the Fulbrighters who joined us for the event and made it such a success! We enjoyed spending time with you and hope that the conversations that began at the event will continue well into the future.

We would love to hear more about Fulbright Korea meet-ups and gatherings back in the USA and/or other parts of the world. Please feel free to share stories here or email us!


Korea Alumni Event

From Coordinator Lauren Hong:
Fabulous Fulbright Korea Alumni happy hour event in San Diego tonight! Lots of fun meetings new folks, exchanging stories, and catching up.

SD Alumni Event
From Coordinator Jennifer Law:
Thanks to all the alumni who reunited yesterday in Boston, including two who traveled up from NYC and an ETA alumna who, we were delighted to discover, taught at my placement school ten years before me! Hope to see you all again soon.
Boston Alumni Event

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Ben Harris & Judith Foo: Open Windows

June 7th, 2015

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First-year ETAs and creative writing aficionados Ben Harris and Judith Foo are coming together to start a new initiative aimed at showcasing the creativity of Korean students.

The project will take the form of a satellite student literary magazine in partnership with Fulbright Infusion, the long-standing literary magazine that highlights creative works from Fulbright grantees. The name of the magazine is Open Windows, intended to represent the freedom of creativity and opportunity, and it is currently accepting rolling submissions (through current ETA nominations) for its first online publications.

Ben and Judith say that they came up with the idea through a shared desire to see their students have more motivation and encouragement to write.

[This initiative] is important because our students are often told that their success is measured by their test scores. They don’t have many chances to write analytic or expository essays for classes, much less creative work. But so many of our students are extremely talented and deserve not only to have their work published, but to feel that their talent in this regard is attention-worthy, commendable.

The ETAs say that the magazine as an online publication is only the beginning. “One day, we’d love to see it become a print magazine. […] For right now we’re excited about what’s in the works, and we can’t wait to go live and start seeing what these students can do.”

Keep an eye out for the first issue of Open Windows Magazine, coming your way soon!