Tiffany Teng is teaching English at a vocational school in Inle Lake, Myanmar as part of fellowship through Volunteers in Asia’s Global Community Fellowship program. She anticipated this opportunity, saying: “I am excited to be teaching abroad because I hope to dive into a completely different culture and pursue freelance writing opportunities. My particular post will be working with a social enterprise dedicated to preserving the sustainable and cultural aspects of Inle Lake. As it is one of the least well-known southeast Asian countries, the country as a whole is attempting to build up sustainability – and I look forward to learning these business practices in a country that just gained civilian control.”
While at TCNJ, Tiffany double majored in marketing and English and pursued international opportunities in Arusha, Tanzania and Paris, France. She credits the Bonner Scholars program for connecting her with the community, providing life experiences through the perspective of Trenton natives — and Professor Becker’s Consumer Behavior and Non-Profit Marketing classes with nurturing her leadership skills. Before going to Myanmar, she worked at L’Oreal for the Giorgio Armani brand in marketing, and then at Brooks Brothers as a wholesale operations and marketing assistant.
Tiffany plans to pursue a career in writing and social impact in the international space after this, remarking: “Overall, I hope to accomplish making a difference in helping the students get jobs in the hospitality industry, and teaching them creative business/entrepreneurship skills in addition to English. I hope to tell these stories from my perspective (unique also because my father grew up in Myanmar), to take photographs, and write about the issues of being an Asian American in Asia.”