Jacob Daniels, Fulbright Teaching Assistantship, Vietnam
Daniels, who majored in government at Connecticut College, has been traveling and living abroad since his graduation.
“My interest in travel and other cultures began with a program called LanguageCorps. I used their services to secure a job teaching English in Cambodia for a semester while still attending Conn College, and immediately knew that I wanted to continue living and working abroad. I then went to Korea to teach in the winter of 2008 and 2009, and then back to Cambodia where I taught at the Pannasastra University of Cambodia and studied Buddhist philosophy,” Daniels said. “I’m currently traveling in India.”
While in Cambodia, Daniels founded Cambodian Threads, a socially responsible company that sells fairly traded silk scarves made by a family of artisans from a small Cambodian village. A portion of the proceeds from every scarf is used to buy education necessities, including pencils, notebooks, calculators and rulers, which are donated to disadvantaged schools in the same region.
“The Fulbright Fellowship will be a great opportunity for me to continue living abroad and expanding my international and cultural knowledge,” Daniels said.