The event was a real hit. “I really loved the experience. I learned a lot and hope to continue to have these types of trainings,” said Maritza Cedeño, a participating regional leader. Still, the great experience enjoyed by these educators was not the final goal of the project. Albertson has constructed these events to make sure knowledge and techniques will spread throughout all of Costa Rica. The regional directors’ understanding of phonemic awareness will allow them to take that information back to their regions and create their own workshops for local classroom teachers. “I really enjoyed the workshop. It’s going to be very helpful for teachers in my region.” said director Ezequiel Rojas, a participant. Another participating regional leader, Ronald Vargas Chavarria, felt the same. “It was really important to me because now I feel more confident explaining [phonemic awareness] to my teachers,” he said.
“Experiencing an entirely new culture and language and getting to present the diversity of the current American demography as a South-Asian American have been the most impactful aspects of my fellowship experience,” Naila Islam states. Read more to discover her life as a fellow in Kazakhstan.