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Emily, Southeast Asia Specialist

At a young age I volunteered in the Dominican Republic and Paraguay which ignited my passion for travel, culture and community. Travel became an integral part of my life and entering college, I knew I wanted to study abroad, though I wasn't sure where. While Europe seemed a likely choice, I was hoping for somewhere more obscure. Luck and adventure brought me to Thailand and while there I explored Southeast Asia extensively.

After six years at the University of Massachusetts Amherst earning a BA in Business and an MA in Education, I decided to combine my passion for travel with education and taught English in South Korea. From there I visited Taiwan and Japan and then returned to Southeast Asia to explore Vietnam. Upon my return to the States, I taught middle school geography and US history. However, teaching culture is not the same as experiencing culture, which ultimately brought me to Audley.

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I'll never forget when…

While driving in Cambodia my guide asked if I would like to try planting rice as we passed some farmers in their fields. I took off my shoes and a boy demonstrated quickly and gracefully how to grab a bundle of grass while I struggled to stay upright. I tried to mirror his technique but even after some practice could only create a half bundle in triple the amount of time. I gestured for him to take it but he shook his head and looked respectfully towards his mother. At that moment I understood just how integral love and respect for elders is in Cambodian life

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Emily visiting Angkor Wat, Cambodia Emily visiting Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Emily making sugar candy in Ayutthaya, Thailand Emily making sugar candy in Ayutthaya, Thailand
Emily on the Bridge over the River Kwai, Thailand Emily on the Bridge over the River Kwai, Thailand
Emily in Chiang Mai, Thailand Emily in Chiang Mai, Thailand