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pROGRAM mANAGER

Hey I am Aegean! After the EAs finished the AYC program I help them to find jobs that utilize their year of teaching experience, through a program called Teach in China. I work closely with the AYC Program during peak seasons, aiding RPLs and EAs. When I am not working, I love watching movies and American TV shows, and just being a sofa potato.

Advice for incoming Educational Ambassadors?

"Be flexible and open-minded so that you are able to enjoy your experience as much as possible in China."
 
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HUIQIAO ZHANG

REGIONAL PLACEMENT LIAISON

Huiqiao is a Program Coordinator for the Jiangsu area. Her current role involves placing candidates with schools in the area and coordinating pre-arrivals affairs. Before joining Ameson, she had interned with a DC-based international non-profit organization dedicated to community development and advocacy. Huiqiao holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and a Master's in International Affairs. 

Advice for incoming Educational Ambassadors?

"Try not to be too ‘independent'; friends and communities will not only give you support and sense of belonging, they also make you less vulnerable to hardships. Even if you are someone who prefers spending time alone, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to find a group you belong with and spend some time with them. Working abroad is not easy. Be confident! It is also important to keep in mind that you can overcome difficulties with courage, optimism and action."
 
 

JILLI LEONARD

PROGRAM Manager

Jilli holds a dual degree in International Studies and Public Relations. She spent ten months working as an Educational Ambassador, then transitioned to work with the Shanghai team. Her work includes human resources, cultural adjustment education, teacher training, and content marketing. When she’s not at work, you can usually find her taking photographs or drinking coffee.

Advice for incoming Educational Ambassadors?

"Living abroad makes you tougher and softer at the same time; I’ve learned that kindness doesn’t have a language barrier. Embrace the experience!"
 
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DAVID lU  

ayc pROGRAM dIRECTOR

My name is David, and as AYC Program Director, I manage and oversee the program's operations in China. I studied at Nanjing University, Hopkins Nanjing Center and Georgetown University. With more than ten years' working experience in social compliance, international education and cross-cultural exchange and service business, I look forward to helping you seize the opportunity to experience the Chinese Dream, and meanwhile advance your career prospects in AYC. 

Advice for incoming Educational Ambassadors?

"Don't rush to a conclusion."
 
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jASMIN hU

rEGIONAL pLACEMENT lIAISON

I am Jasmin Hu, and I have been working in Ameson for almost 3 years. As a RPL, I serve EAs and host schools in Wenzhou, Jinhua and Taizhou in the Zhejiang Province. Looking forward to an amazing time together with you in China!

Advice for incoming Educational Ambassadors?

"Follow your host school's regulations and rules. Learn more about local culture; the more you learn, the sooner you will adjust to life in China."
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sheila Ren

Regional Placement Liaison

I am a RPL for the cities in Hunan and Zhejiang. I studied my master in ICN Business School and has been working in international education in China for six years. I have also worked with American universities to build education exchange programs. I am a very outdoorsy person, I like hiking, traveling and dancing. 

Advice for incoming Educational Ambassadors?

"Always keep an open mind. Focus on your experience as it unfolds, not on how you think it should or shouldn't be. Through the ups and downs of this extraordinary life experience, you will come out a better and more capable individual than you ever thought was possible."
 
 

kELLY fLAHERTY

maRKETING AND RECRUITING cOORDINATOR

Kelly started working at the Ameson Foundation in October 2015 after graduating from Harvard University with a degree in East Asian Studies. She spent one summer in China working at an orphanage in Ningde. She works closely with the Shanghai office on outreach to spread the word about AYC! In her spare time, Kelly works as an alumni interviewer for Harvard and likes to watch NFL football & explore DC with friends

Advice for incoming Educational Ambassadors?

"My advice for incoming EAs is to start off your year with a completely open mind! Learn as much as you can and make the experience your own - this is a once in a lifetime opportunity."