On September 29 – October 1 we organized an orientation meeting for the new cohort of Fulbright U.S. grantees. The meeting was held in Warsaw at Central Technology Hub (CDT – Centralny Dom Technologii) and followed a 2-day methodology workshop directed specifically to Fulbright ETAs (English Teaching Assistants). This year, we welcomed 30 American Fulbrighters who will be conducting research, engaging in didactic activities, as well as teaching at various institutions of higher education across Poland. Altogether, we are hosting 47 U.S. grantees this year.
During the orientation meeting, our incoming Fulbrighters participated in numerous workshops and sessions, led by the Commission staff, aimed at helping them get acquainted with i.e. grant specificities, higher education system in Poland, and various enrichment opportunities. They also had a chance to learn more about Polish language and culture, participate in a diversity, equity and inclusion session conducted by our Polish alumna Margaret Amaka Ohia-Nowak, as well as get some practical tips from three of our American alumni: Emily Kosmaczewski, Joanna Pottle and Greg Hoke about what they should expect while doing research, teaching and living in Poland.
Charge d’Affaires B. Bix Aliu hosted the new cohort of U.S grantees at the special reception, where he delivered his welcome remarks and urged the new Fulbrighters to remember that they are cultural ambassadors in Poland, and as such, their role is also to create connections between the United States and Poland.
Our orientation meeting also served as a platform for our American grantees to get to know one another and the Commission staff. We all engaged in numerous conversations, participated in a cooking workshop where we prepared some Polish dishes (and not just pierogi 😉 ) and were grateful that after a year and a half of continuous lockdowns, we could finally meet in person and be there for our new cohort at the beginning of their Fulbright experience in Poland. We wish you all a fantastic academic year and as we said many times now, please feel free to reach out to our staff if you need anything along your journey.