English Language Fellows traveled to six destinations around the world this month for midyear conferences, where they trained, shared ideas, ran workshops, and worked to serve local communities. These #FellowMidyear conferences are a chance for all the Fellows in a region to collaborate with their colleagues while exploring a new city and culture. To see all the pictures from these events, click on the country names to access their Facebook photo albums. We also went live on Facebook at the midyear conferences in Morocco and Mexico, so check out those videos to see what a day in the life of a Fellow is like around the world.
In Africa, Fellows traveled to Zanzibar for their midyear conference. After bonding during a traditional spice tour and taking in Tanzanian culture, the Fellows led teaching workshops and trained with members of the Zanzibar English Teaching Association.
Fellows posted in South/Central Asia met up in Mumbai and took in sights like the Elephanta Caves and the Gateway of India before exploring Mumbai’s marketplace. Their trip concluded with presentations, training workshops, and a stop at the All India Network of English Teachers’ annual conference.
This midyear kicked off with amazing cultural activities, including visits to Jardin Majorelle and the Jarjeer Donkey Refuge near Marrakech. Fellows also got to try new foods and take in the art of the city before hosting workshops with the Moroccan Association of Teachers of English.
Fellows working in East Asia & the Pacific took in the sights and sounds of Chiang Mai, attending cultural activities like Thai cooking classes, trips to traditional temples, and even a visit to an elephant sanctuary outside of Chiang Mai. Their midyear conference also took them to ThaiTESOL, an international language conference, where Fellows and Specialist Claire Siskin led presentations and workshops in collaboration with Thai educators.
Fellows in the Western Hemisphere gathered in Mexico City for their midyear conference. While there, they met up to share highlights from their fellowships and held a live Q&A video about their experiences in the program. They also held workshops and presentations for local teachers while soaking in the beautiful colors and cultures of Mexico City.
Fellows posted in Europe had a jam-packed midyear conference, with outreach trips that took them from Budapest to seven other cities across Hungary. Fellows presented training workshops to over 130 Hungarian teachers of English and even managed to snap an #ELFieSelfie in each location!