Global Playground selected Ryann Tanap, a graduating senior
at the College of William & Mary, to be next year’s Thailand Teaching
is an International Relations major and has been involved with a number of
service initiatives as an undergraduate.
am in a Teaching English Overseas class, and I was really looking at different
opportunities abroad, but this one really stuck with me because it had a
special connection to William & Mary,” Tanap said. “I felt like this had a
strong community base and I really got that through the application process”
a series of phone and skype interviews, Tanap received the job offer a few days
before her final class as an undergraduate. Tanap’s Fellowship will be funded
by donations from generous alumni of the College.
was blown away. I really didn’t think I had a shot to be honest,” Tanap said.
“I know that William & Mary can be a very competitive pool to choose
an International Relations major, Tanap has a strong interest specifically in
international development. Teaching in Thailand combines her interest in
international development with her interest in education.
am interested in education because it can serve as a solution for alleviating
poverty, be that in a rural community in Thailand or an urban city like the
Bronx,” Tanap said. “I see education as a tool for helping people get out of
poverty and move up in socio-economic status.”
college, Tanap traveled on service trips to both New Orleans and Cincinnati,
where she learned about poverty in more depth. Throughout these experiences,
education stuck out for her as both the main problem and possible solution.
have really been exposed to a lot of issues of poverty but through all of my
initiatives, I feel that education has been really influential as a root
problem. It starts with kids and it needs to be ingrained in them early,” Tanap
In addition to her academic and service
accomplishments, Tanap is Filipino and has been raised in Filipino culture.
Both Filipino and Thai cultures value family and tradition. Tanap believes this
will give her some understanding of the culture before she arrives.
Asia really holds the family and tradition as most important over everything
else,” Tanap said. “I am Filipino so I felt I could more so identify with the
leaves for Thailand in July. Following her Fellowship in Thailand, she hopes to
continue teaching after Thailand or working with a non-profit before returning
to graduate school.
think this will be a good step for me as far as being independent. It will
really push my limits and force me to challenge myself,” Tanap said. “I really
wanted some unique experience that would help me narrow my interest as far as
which grad program to go into. I am really taking it step-by-step.”