By Mouloud Mahi, 2019-2020 TCLP alum
Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) was a priceless opportunity to live with Americans, learn about their culture and share with them mine. Irving Elementary School, which hosted me for one academic year, was a productive place for an intercultural exchange experience. Teachers and colleagues were very welcoming and helped me teach kids Arabic and share different aspects of Moroccan culture.
When the pandemic hit, my daily life rhythm changed and I was uncertain about my decisions. Fortunately, people around me and TCLP staff supported me and made the transition into this new mode smooth. The most satisfying reward I got is when I successfully finished the program and the most emotional moment was when my colleagues organized a farewell party for me.
This program helped me grow up professionally and personally and I am forever grateful.