Teaching in Rural Japan Amidst a Pandemic

The following was written by Regan McAllister, former Fellow in Meridian’s Professional Exchanges Division. Her perspective displays how people around the world are facing the same challenges and how we can be stronger at home by understanding global issues. Last August, I moved to a small town in northern Japan to be an English Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) through the Japan Exchanges and Teaching (JET) Program. The first seven months of living in Aomori, Japan, were lively and full of seasonal festivals, school events and regional traveling. As I enter my second year, a ‘new normal’ has taken hold...

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The Good Doctor of Egypt

This blog post was contributed by Mohammed Hassan who is a 2019 alum of the Study of U.S. Institutes (SUSI) and an Egyptian citizen.  Being a medical student in Egypt wasn’t as promising as I thought it would be. The journey is frustrating for most students. However, something changed my mind and gave me the hope and motivation to follow my dream to become a good doctor. Many doctors in Egypt work in poor places with unsafe working conditions. Despite what is normally seen as a profitable profession, Egyptian doctors have the lowest salary in the country, and one...

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