Taylor Nelson receives Monroe Prize for Civic Leadership

Monday, February 25, 2013 | posted by Unknown |

Global Playground’s former Intern Taylor Nelson received the College of William & Mary’s 2013 James Monroe Prize for Civic Leadership. Nelson was honored during the College’s Charter Day ceremonies on Feb. 8.

The award is granted to a student “who has demonstrated sustained leadership of an unusual quality, leadership combined with initiative, character, and an unfailing commitment to leverage the assets of the College community to address the needs of our society.”

Nelson will graduate from the College in May with a major in Sociology and a minor in Community Studies. She interned with Global Playground the summer after her sophomore year.

“It was wonderful to work with Global Playground and to have the opportunity to see such a different light on so many different things, such as cross-cultural communication,” Nelson said. “It was great to work with a staff that is so passionate about what they do and that is really driving change around the world.”

Nelson worked with members of the organization during her internship to begin the Moment of the Week initiative on the Global Playground website. Moment of the Week highlights a picture, video or moment from the lives of the teaching fellows at one of the five Global Playground schools. (correct me if this descrip is wrong)

“Working with Global Playground showed me the capacity I had to produce the things that they needed,” Nelson said. “It was incredible to see how my work paid off and was benefiting the organization itself.”

Nelson has had an extensive career in service during her four years at the College. She currently serves on the Branch Out campus executive board, working to plan alternative break trips and train trip leaders. She entered as a Sharpe community scholar, studying social justice issues in her freshman seminar. She worked for the Lackey Free Clinic in Yorktown, Virginia, and she created her own community-based research project on the effects of cooking-based nutritional education on reducing childhood obesity.

After spending a summer working with Global Playground, Nelson traveled to Ireland to continue her international social engagement experience working with Ashoka. There, she worked to coordinate the Change Nation summit during the summer after her junior year. These experiences have contributed to Nelson’s continued service to her community in Williamsburg and abroad.

“Winning the award was such a humbling experience,” Nelson said. “I don’t think I could have gotten to that point without organizations like Global Playground supporting me and giving me the opportunity to do the things that I have done.”

Read more about Taylor’s award here on William & Mary News

Global Playground Announces Teaching Fellowships

Sunday, February 17, 2013 | posted by Unknown |

Applications to work as a Teaching Fellow at Global Playground projects in Thailand, Cambodia and Uganda are now available. Global Playground currently sponsors four annual Teaching Fellowships, in Honduras, Thailand, Cambodia and Uganda.

Teaching Fellows serve as ambassadors to the host country and to the local partnering organization at the project site in the country. Fellows spend one year at the project sites, teaching English and working in Global Playground’s schools, library and technology center. Teaching Fellows create and implement a curriculum promoting cross-cultural understanding. They also work to connect their project site with other Global Playground sites and schools in the United States to foster cross-cultural dialogue.

The Thailand Teaching Fellow works in Mae La Noi, Mae Hong Son Province teaching secondary school grades 6 through 12. The Cambodia Teaching Fellow will work in Koh Kel, Kandal Province teaching secondary school grades 7 through 9. The Uganda Teaching Fellow will work in Buwasa teaching primary school grades 1 through 7. 

Alex Youngblood, a teacher in Arizona, will begin his Teaching Fellowship in Honduras in May. Ryann Tanap is currently working in Thailand and will complete her fellowship in July. She is the third Teaching Fellow to be placed in Thailand. Candidates selected for Cambodia and Uganda will be the first Teaching Fellows in those positions.

“Global Playground’s Thailand Teaching Fellowship has allowed me to put what I’ve learned academically and in past service experience into action. I love working with the Mae La Noi Daroonsik community. They invited me into their community by sharing their cultures and traditions,” Tanap said. “Although I cannot change the circumstances that my students face, I can inspire them to also be agents of change in their lives by teaching, and also learning, with them.”

To apply to work as a Teaching Fellow, click here