Cultural Ambassadors: 2016 Fulbright and DAAD Recipients

Every year, several graduating seniors and alumni are offered the opportunity to study and teach around the world through Fulbright and Germany’s Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) scholarships. This year eight students and recent graduates have been offered scholarships to Colombia, Malaysia, the UK, Canada, and Germany—to teach English or study international relations, history, brain science, public health, or literature, and to serve as cultural ambassadors.

Rocio Labrador ’15
International
Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant in Bogota, Colombia

Labrador was born Huelva, Spain, and lived in nine cities around the world before coming to Hanover. At Dartmouth she has spent almost as much time off campus as on, participating in two FSPs, serving as a teaching assistant for a classics FSP in Greece, spending one off term working at a Spanish newspaper and another as an archaeology intern in Mexico, and, most recently, taking a year off to complete internships at the United Nations and the European Union before returning to Hanover to graduate. A double major in government and classical studies, she hopes to become a diplomat—one reason she applied for the Fulbright, which emphasizes cultural exchange. “The Fulbright is really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” she says—in part because of the chance to be in Colombia during historic peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC rebels. “To be there to witness this diplomatic milestone is an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” she says. In addition to teaching English, Labrador hopes to organize an extracurricular workshop to explore the archaeological sites of Colombia.

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