Hear what professionals, professors, and former Educational Ambassadors have to say
about our programs
Educators & ORGANIZATIONS
Muriel Cooper, Senior Manager, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inc.
"The Ameson Foundation's AYC program is a great opportunity for future leaders to experience the challenges and distinct rewards of working in today's global workforce while increasing their cultural awareness through teaching and interacting with students in China."
Ray Cortines, Former Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District
"The Ameson Foundation’s extensive connections in the field of education in China uniquely position it to act as a bridge between China and the West, and its programs are fostering cross-cultural understanding on a very large scale."
Dr. David Cardwell, Head of Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
"AYC offers a comprehensive support network to help participants navigate their new environment and accomplish their goals. Adapting to life in a new country can be trying, and a solid support network can make a world of difference."
Gao Qing, Executive Director, Confucius Institute U.S. Center
"AYC participants are able to develop their intercultural competence through people to people exchange during the trip, and return home with the in-depth understanding of China."
Dr. Deborah Stipek, Professor, Stanford University Graduate School of Education
"In today’s economy, a global perspective is almost as important as your educational qualifications. The international experience that AYC offers is a great way to kick start any career.”
Dr. Yu-Min (Claire) Chen, Assistant Professor of Chinese, St. Mary's College of Maryland
"In today's world of globalization, AYC offers a great opportunity for international experiences that will broaden students' perspectives and benefit their future life and career."
Adam Callahan, placed in Nanjing, from Fayetteville, Arkansas
"China is where the jobs are. If I want to advance professionally, I have to be fluent in Chinese language and culture."
Evan McDaniel, placed in Nanjing, from Culver City, California
“My students are really easy to wrangle now that I’ve invented dang kuai. It’s money with my face on it. I hand out one bill whenever they answer a question right, and if they get five, they can exchange them for Pocky.”
Adrienne Losch, placed in Suzhou, from Palo Alto, California
"What separated [AYC] from other programs is that it seemed to be more focused on the cultural exchange, and making sure that you had a cultural experience…and just the idea that you are encouraged to really be culturally immersed and that you’re not just there to teach.”
Kiana Jackson, placed in Jiamusi, from Kennesaw, Georgia
"AYC stood out as something completely different, helping people at the same time as building a foundation for a global career.”
Kirsten Ourada, placed in Yichang, from Spokane, Washington
"Preparing high school students for IELTS and studying abroad has sparked an interest in education and I am considering pursuing a career in this when I return to the States."
Macky Landy, placed in Wenzhou, from New York, New York
"It was a little scary when I found out I was being placed in Wenzhou, which I had never heard of, but soon I was very excited to be in this place that’s not one of the mega-cities. It’s a very Chinese experience. I’m forced to speak a lot more Chinese and get out of my comfort zone.”
Mark Kraics, placed in Shenyang, from Long Island, New York
"I was really excited about this opportunity because it allowed me to travel and experience China while also developing professionally."
Rosalind Reischer, placed in Nanjing, from Arlington, Virginia
"There’s always something fun to do. Every Sunday, I play Ultimate Frisbee with Jiangnan. We travel all around the country to play against other Ultimate teams – in fact, we just competed in the China Open in Changzhou.”
Simeon Campbell, placed in Jiangyin, from Los Angeles, California
"China is developing and trying to increase their foreign relations, so I was like, I can be a part of that.”
Stephanie Lawrence, placed in Nanjing, from Toronto, Canada
"One of my coworkers invited me to her house one weekend and from then on, her parents have invited me over for every Chinese holiday, since I'm so far away from all my family.”