Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

UW-Eau Claire Alumnus Receives
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

RELEASED: Sept. 10, 2007

John Zanetti with students
John Zanetti is surrounded by his students in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, where he is teaching with the support of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. (Contributed photo)

EAU CLAIRE — John Maxim Zanetti II, a 2006 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire political science graduate, is in West Kalimantan (formerly known as Borneo), Indonesia, where he recently began working with high school students and various grassroots groups to solve community problems with the support of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.

Zanetti is one of two recent UW-Eau Claire graduates to receive prestigious Fulbright grants this year. Erin House, a May 2007 UW-Eau Claire German graduate, also was awarded a Fulbright grant to attend the University of Leipzig in Leipzig, Germany, for 2007-08. (See a news release about House's Fulbright grant online).

Zanetti, from Minneapolis, just recently found out he was one of 10 ETAs who are being placed at Islamic boarding schools and Islamic public high schools. He was placed at SMA Muhammadiyah 1 in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. In addition to teaching English, Zanetti has designed a project with a community focus that the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is now emphasizing.

"The community organizing builds on skills he developed with the fair trade coffee campaign he led at UW-Eau Claire and will allow him to interact with his students and the broader community in ways that will inform his long-term career goals," said Cheryl Lochner-Wright, a study abroad coordinator in UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education.

Zanetti said some of the community issues and problems he may encounter are needs for mosquito nets, schoolbooks and water filtration units.

"I've always firmly believed that people in the developing world are more than capable to work and strive for anything they desire so long as they are given the proper resources and opportunities," Zanetti said. "My earnest hope is to simply work alongside the people in my community, learn from them, and hopefully be of as much assistance as I am possibly able. Gaining their respect and trust, in my mind, is the most pivotal aspect of my Fulbright grant."

Zanetti is one of more than 1,200 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2007-08 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Established in 1946, the program operates in more than 150 countries with the aim of building mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world. It is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, administered by the Institute of International Education, and is a highly competitive national award.

Further information is available on the U.S. Department of State Web site or by contacting Heidi Manley, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, at 202-453-8534 or academic@state.gov.

-30-

KH

Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

 

Excellence. Our Measure. Our Motto. Our Goal.