Claremont, Calif. (May 4, 2016)—Pitzer College student Allison Donine ’16, an environmental analysis major, has been selected for the Teachers for Vietnam (TfV) program. She is among a small group of TfV fellows who will travel this fall to universities in the Mekong Delta to offer classes in oral communication, pronunciation, American culture and literature.
TfV’s mission is to improve the English proficiency of Vietnamese university students by exposing them to trained native speakers; all TfV fellows are certified in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). By bringing teachers from the United States to Vietnam, TfV builds ties between the peoples of these two countries. TfV teachers forge lasting friendships, and their students get to know Americans and American culture firsthand.
In 2015, Donine was awarded a Udall Scholarship by the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, recognizing her commitment to environmental protection. In 2014, she received a Doris Duke Conservation Scholarship and spent a summer immersed in issues of land, water and wildlife conservation. She also was awarded a 2014 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which she used to study in Nepal in fall 2014.
This spring, Donine had an article accepted into a peer-reviewed journal and presented at a major international conference, the 5th International Scientific Forum: Education, Climate Change and Economic Development in Rome, Italy.
Donine plans to pursue a graduate degree in public policy and disaster sociology.