Pursuing her passion for travel and teaching, Maya Maor ’14 has launched into a career in education in Suphanburi, Thailand, where she is now working as an English teacher. Sponsored by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), Maor’s work is focused on teaching English as a foreign language to Thai children.
“I am excited to be able to teach in Thailand while also exploring this part of the world and immersing myself in a new culture,” says Maor, who double majored in philosophy and international relations.
Maor’s role is facilitated through the nonprofit, CIEE, a global leader in international education and exchange programs that helps people “gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available.”
Beyond her education at HWS that included a study abroad trip to South America, Maor has been able to prepare for her new job by striving to receive certification to teach English as a foreign language.
“I am in the process of completing an online course that certifies me to teach English as a foreign language, which has helped prepare me for my upcoming adventure,” Maor says.
For Maor, it was study abroad at HWS that helped inspire her to taken on her teaching adventure in Thailand.
During her time at HWS, Maor studied abroad in Mendoza, Argentina. She stayed in South American, taking on a role with the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, where she lived and worked on a farm. “I studied in Southern Chile and one of my jobs was to help teach English at the local school, where the owners of the farm worked teaching English as well,” Maor says. “This inspired me to do something similar after I finished school.”