Fulbright Program Builds Bridges After Funding Scare
When Tunisia native Wajdi Balloumi came to teach Arabic in the United States on a Fulbright scholarship, he expected to find students who were little interested in the wider world and not particularly passionate about their studies.
After nine months teaching at Southern Illinois University, he found that the community in Edwardsville, Illinois, was rather curious about foreign affairs and open to welcoming foreigners “as they are.”
“This surprised me because I was expecting something different, more conservative, less open,” he told VOA.
In addition, he was struck by the fact that most of his students were deeply committed to their studies and