Posted by Sarah Sanderson
Sarah Sanderson is a Rotary Peace Fellow who recently graduated from International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan with a degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution. After spending the summer studying at the University of Geneva in a program focusing on higher education opportunities for refugees, Sanderson accepted the position of English Language Fellow (ELF) with the U.S. Embassy in Kampala, Uganda.
Each year, the U.S. Department of State sends out 120 ELFs to developing countries around the world with the goal of enacting meaningful and sustainable changes in the way that English is taught abroad. Through projects developed by U.S. Embassy in more than 80 countries, ELFs work directly with local teachers, students and educational professional to improve the quality of English language instruction offered at prestigious universities and other academic institutions.
As an ELF, Sanderson's roles and responsibilities are many and varied. She is based at Mbarara University of Science and Technology where she teaches communication classes, offers workshops on academic writing for graduate students and holds professional development seminars for professors and local teachers to share about the latest in teaching methodology.
Once a month, Sanderson gives workshops at the embassy in cooperation with Education USA to assist Ugandan students who wish to study abroad in the States. She also works with the Ugandan National English Language Teaching Association to improve the national English curriculum and empower local teachers with resources and training opportunities. Being an ELF is a dream job for Sanderson and she credits her experience as a Peace Fellow and degree in Peace Studies as having contributed significantly to her current opportunity of working in education and development in Uganda.
Sarah Sanderson
English Language Fellow
Mbarara, Uganda
+265 0795 229 070