Oumama Kabli, a December 2017 graduate of the Global Affairs program, received an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and is spending a year teaching English at a public university in Tetouan, Morocco. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and established in 1946, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition aims to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange while serving as a catalyst for long-term leadership development.
As a Global Affairs major with a concentration in the Middle East and North Africa and Global Governance, Kabli was also the recipient of the Global Affairs Academic Award for excelling in her studies and her contributions to the GLOA program. In Spring 2017, Kabli was also a member of the Global Politics Fellows, a 15-credit academic program for selected students interested in the role of government in society, here in the U.S. and abroad.
“I believe that it is my responsibility to teach people in Morocco about American culture because it would raise awareness about cultural misconceptions and present a gateway for communicating and building trust with students. Teaching abroad will give me a better understanding of other educational systems, allowing me to indulge in developing a curriculum that caters to the real needs of ESL students in Morocco, the U.S., and beyond,” Kabli wrote in her Fulbright application.
In addition to teaching English, Oumama also hopes to enrich her host community by volunteering with various local organizations teaching English to underprivileged women and children. Oumama is also launching the first-ever English club at her host university in order to provide Moroccan university students with a fun and productive extra-curricular activity to fill their time and improve their English speaking and writing skills.
Following her Fulbright experience, Kabli plans to enroll in a graduate program in international or public affairs, using the Middle East and North Africa as her prime focus of study. She also plans to dedicate her time to continue studying Arabic intensively and using her time to study for the FSOT in the hopes of becoming a Foreign Service Officer for the State Department.
November 19, 2018