In locales as far-flung as Oman, Portugal, Turkey, and Bahrain, the Class of 2010 members are engaged in everything from promoting sustainable eco-tourism to studying transportation logistics to serving as English teaching assistants.
Janelle Papay, Germany
"It is fascinating when a German girl of 10 years can sing a Miley Cyrus song without stumbling over pronunciation," wrote Janelle Papay, who is teaching English and American studies to students from 11 to 20 years old in Brackenheim, Germany.
A key part of her teaching success comes from far outside the classroom. She uses her experience as a facilitator for the Gettysburg Recreational Adventure Board, the College's outdoor education program, to get students "up out of their seats." Her focus on experiential education also includes taking part in theater, choir, and soccer organizations, all of which provide opportunities for her students to learn American expressions and manners. "I'm learning a lot about my own culture as well as German culture," she said.
Papay majored in German and globalization studies at Gettysburg College, where she said a "dream team" of professors and administrators helped her earn her Fulbright. "Gettysburg College is like Walt Disney World," she wrote. "It's a place of inspiration, a place where dreams come true."