Angela Pham ’19, a Perris, California resident, has been awarded the Middle East and North Africa Regional (MENAR) Fellowship. Pham, who graduated from Azusa Pacific University with bachelor’s degrees in honors humanities and economics for international development, will serve as an English teacher in Tunisia with Club Anglais.
“As a MENAR Fellow, I hope to see what God is doing in Tunisia, make local friends, and discover what it’s like to be a Tunsian,” said Pham. “I love learning from people, walking alongside them as they live their lives, and seeing a glimpse of their world.”
From learning Arabic in a local Yemeni community to teaching English to Iraqi refugee children in Eastern Amman, Pham has cultivated her passion for Middle Eastern people since high school. In 2017, she received the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship and traveled to Jordan to pursue fluency in Arabic. Her time at APU equipped her with a wide variety of experiences, including serving on the Student Government Association and receiving the Multi-Ethnic Leadership scholarship, all while studying how economics contributes to international development.
“Studying economics at APU revealed the connections between economic principles and contemporary social issues,” said Pham. “Economic choices have the potential to include the isolated and welcome the outcast, creating healthier communities. People come alive when they feel like they are a meaningful and productive part of society. I hope to be a part of that.”
Founded by a group of Princeton alumni, the MENAR Fellowship Program provides top graduates of American colleges with opportunities to serve in the Middle East and North Africa by partnering with non-profit organizations and businesses “that further development, peace, and human rights in the region.”
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