Employee Spotlight: Amy Broome
November 12, 2014
1. What is your name and title?
Amy Broome; Regional Manager – Mid-Atlantic
2. Where have you traveled to outside of the United States?
Mostly through college and shortly thereafter, I have had the pleasure of traveling to a variety of different countries, primarily in the Middle East. I studied abroad in college for a semester each in China and in Egypt. After college, I lived for 10 months in Oman for a Fulbright scholarship. Beyond these countries, I have traveled to: Germany, Italy, Canada, England, Jordan, UAE, Kuwait, Turkey, Turks & Caicos, and Israel.
3. If you had to live the rest of your life in a place that you have never lived before, where would you live?
I would choose to live in a country where the native language was not English. My first choice would be a country that I have visited, but not ‘lived in’, Turkey. If I needed to choose a place that I have never visited, I would probably choose Morocco.
4. What other languages do you speak?
I have an intermediate proficiency in Arabic, and at least basic knowledge of both Italian and Chinese. English is my primary language.
5. Please describe a time when you experienced culture shock in a funny way.
I usually experience culture shock in the reverse – coming back to the US after traveling abroad is often much more difficult for me than going to a new place.
6. If you were a superhero, what would your super power be?
I would like to have the ability to teleport, and to bring others (via teleportation) with me at will.
7. What was your favorite food that you tried in another country?
This is a tough question, as I find trying as many different types of food in new places to be one of the most exciting things about visiting a new place. I particularly enjoyed baozi in Beijing (among most other street foods).
8. If you could physically transport yourself to any place in the world at this moment, where would you go?
A beachside café in Muscat, Oman, with mint tea with way too much sugar, and ample opportunities for people watching.
9. If you could be instantly fluent in one language that you currently do not speak, which would it be?
Farsi… or Turkish.
10. If you could eat one food in any quantity for the rest of your life with no ill affects whatsoever, what food would you choose?
I would choose to eat either saag paneer or chicken biryani.
11. Why do you like working in international education?
I like working in international education because I feel that a truly comprehensive education must be global. Everyone, no matter what nationality, deserves a rich education, and many perspectives are gained through education in different languages and cultures and locations. By working towards a more connected world through education, people will best be able to solve regional and international problems.
12. What do you think is the greatest benefit of hosting a student?
To me, the greatest benefit of hosting an international student would be the great opportunity for sharing cross-cultural knowledge and experiences. Hosting an international student can be a great experience for children in the family as well, and very useful for language acquisition/sharing.
13. What do you think is the benefit of studying abroad?
The primary benefit of studying abroad is the expansion of perspectives. Knowing how other cultures and countries view different aspects of life in manners either similar or different from the views one may have themselves is crucial towards developing a rounded understanding of global, and even local, concerns.
14. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life which book would it be?
Watership Down; Richard Adams
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