Perkins grad to teach in Indonesia

Volz part of Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Alissa Widman Neese
Aug 23, 2014

A local graduate has secured one of the nation's most prestigious academic awards this year.

Clare Volz, 22, departs next week for Indonesia, where she will teach students English for eight months through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

She will reside in Semarang, one of the country's largest cities, on the island of Java.

"I'm so excited for this opportunity," she said.

Volz is one of about 1,800 U.S. students who received the award for the 2014-15 academic year. More than 10,000 applied.

Fulbright winners boast substantial academic and professional achievements, as well as leadership potential and a compelling project proposal, according to the program's website.

The program's application and interview process took about two years, Volz said.

In May, Volz graduated magna cum laude from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Education, specializing in integrated language arts.

She graduated from Perkins High School in 2010.

While still attending Ohio University, Volz completed her student teaching requirements in the Netherlands.

One of her favorite aspects of teaching English is exposing students to literature and listening to their vibrant discussions, she said.

"They start to see the world in a different way," Volz said. "Teaching abroad I'll be able to hear perspectives of people from a non-Western culture. It'll be entirely new to me."

While in Indonesia, she will assist a full-time teacher in a classroom, while also participating in various language-based service projects throughout the community. 

Volz is the daughter of David and Patricia Volz, who live in Perkins Township.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the nation's largest international exchange program, and strives to increase understanding between the U.S. and people of other nations.



Just saying I would be very scared to send my daughter to those type of countrys you know they hate Americans.......


I thought the same thing.

Local Man , is there no truth in that ?

local man

What an ignorant comment, obviously you have never travelled in Asia. Before your counter response, yes I have been to several Asian countries.


Comment isn't ignorant, what's ignorant is belittling his/her well founded concerns.


At local man
I've been around the world I was on an aircraft carrier and I seen everyone of those ports yes I know what I'm talking about.
You're the one that is Ignorant.
I wouldn't doubt you're the one that wants to take our tax money and go over there and give it to them..

AJ Oliver

Y'all sound pretty ignorant to me. Maybe you should get out of Sandtown more ofte. Mark Twain had it right, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”


@AJ Oliver
Let me see I've been to pigeon Forge Tennessee Acworth Georgia and will be going to Branson Missouri in September and Florida for the winter I've been around how about you.. LOL


There's always one in a crowd, who thinks they are so much more cosmopolitan than anyone else. Funny!

AJ Oliver

Hey Jerry - hope you took in the Great Smokies while you were in TN. Going there so see the fall colors is on my list.
Hey Sugar, your anonymous cowardice and paranoia are ample proof that Twain was right.


I'll stick with the cover of anonimity, you don't have enough sense to.

Erie County Resident

Teaching English in Indonesia huh.
Training tommorrows overseas call center operators to take more US jobs.
Why not help out some of the remote areas of our own country?
Yes there are areas in our country that are way off the grid for services and education chances.

Pterocarya frax...

Congratulations to Ms. Volz! I am sure you have earned this fantastic opportunity and honor. Make the most of it.


Thanks for your support sugar


Great I hope you have a good time I've been there four times LOL
Once with my whole family.
You're not going to win I've been all over I can top anything you bring.


Was a real experience going through the Panama Canal and the Suez Canal Mediterranean Caribbean crossed equator and on and on and on. All before I was 21 put that in your pipe and smoke it. And it's all on my DD 214.


Again thank you sugar


Don't thank me, I abhor big mouths like him.

AJ Oliver

Well, since your insist . .
"You're not going to win I've been all over I can top anything you bring."
Fifty countries, and all the states except Alaska.
And Ms. Volz, let me apologise for the ignorance here. You have obviously figured out that the lives of people in other countries are worth just as much as those of use who are "Americans". That was Twain's message.


Just saying I would be very scared to send my daughter to those type of countrys you know they hate Americans.......

Oliver all this B S over a just saying
did you make it past kindergarten?