Both will be teaching English abroad; Rittenhouse in Malaysia and Kunkle in Germany where he will be in the Rhineland-Palatinate area teaching children from elementary to high school.
They also both credit their BCA experiences with improving their language proficiency and providing essential hands-on training for the job of teaching English as a second language.
For Rittenhouse, her experience teaching in Quito was a turning point. Since then, she earned a minor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), had a summer internship teaching ESL classes and student-taught in a dual-language magnet school in Chicago.
“While I was volunteering in a 3rd grade classroom in Quito, I realized my passion for teaching English as a second language,” Rittenhouse said. “I doubt I would have discovered this passion and followed this route if not for BCA. TESOL has opened up incredible opportunities I never imagined.”
Rittenhouse was awarded a BCA scholarship to study in Quito, Ecuador.
She recently graduated from Manchester University with high honors and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education with minors in Spanish and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). More about Rittenhouse here.
Kunkle also credits his time abroad as critical to his success in the Etownian. “After going abroad with BCA for just over a year, I am excited to return with a Fulbright,” Kunkle said. “I am looking forward to speaking German as my primary language.”
Kunkle also graduated in May, earning a double major in international business and German. He has received outstanding international business senior recognition and honors in the discipline for German. More about Kunkle here.
The Fulbright program awards merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists. The program was founded by United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946 and awards 8,000 grants annually and operates in more than 155 countries.