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STEPHEN YUAN

DEPUTY DIRECTOR & OPERATION MANAGER

I have years of experience in Chinese and overseas education consulting. These range from language training courses, international studies to masters opportunities. I have worked in exchange programs such as Sino-American Youth Ambassadors (SAYA) to increase cultural awareness to Chinese and American communities. I have also cooperated with many students during Robotics and Drone camp at University of California (UCLA) and corporates at Boeing.

Additionally, I have designed some programs called "Building Future Global Leaders" together with the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), West Point and United Nations in order to promote global leadership development.

I am currently based in the New York office providing consulting and guidance for a multitude of Ambright Education Group programs including Ambassador Year in China (AYC).

Advice for incoming Educational Ambassadors?

"Ambassador Year in China will give you strength, confidence and a sense of curiosity. You will have a wonderful opportunity to expose yourselves to one of the world's oldest cultures such as Chinese literature, music, martial arts, cuisine, folk customs, religion and more. Surely it will be an amazing experience in your life!"


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REGIONAL DIRECTOR

My name is Fanyi Zeng. You can call me Fancy. I graduated from University of Houston in 2015 and worked as an auditor at a Houston-based CPA firm for nearly three years. Living in a foreign country might be difficult for just a while; it is something one should try at least once in life.

Advice for incoming Educational Ambassadors?

"Constantly and consistently stay positive and talk with people around you. You will amaze yourself and find that you can handle more than you expect. We are always here if you need someone to talk to!"

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DAVID MARTINEZ

Career Development Consultant

I first came to China as a study abroad student in Beijing. After receiving my B.A. degree for majoring in both Chinese and Theatre, I returned to China to pursue a post graduate opportunity at the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center. From there, I decided to stay in China to explore opportunities in the international education world, where I eventually found a position at Ambright Education Group as a foreign recruitment officer. I love checking out a live performance when I can and being loud.

Advice for incoming Educational Ambassadors?

“While you may think exploring your passions is cliche, I highly encourage you pursue what makes you happy. The world can be an overwhelming place, but when you realize just how many opportunities are out there, it's rather astonishing how easily they come to you if you're driven. Replace fear with curiosity, strive to communicate rather than misunderstand and learn to appreciate a good laugh, especially when it's with someone from half-way around the world.”


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JACOB LOTINGA

UK CO-ORDINATOR AND EDUCATION CONSULTANT

I have served in academic roles with ten East Asian universities, offering courses on an array of subjects including Western Thought, English Literature, and approaches to teaching language and culture. While based in China - in Chengdu, at the foot of Mount Tai, and in other fascinating locations - I used spare time to explore holy mountains, cultural diversity, and other aspects of culture that awakened my curiosity and sense of wonder.

Advice for incoming Educational Ambassadors?

“Pack warm clothes if you intend to watch the sunrise on the summit of a holy mountain or admire ice sculptures in Harbin in February. But seriously... start learning Mandarin before you arrive - and make the most of the opportunity to learn on the programme. This will allow you to chat and banter with extraordinary people from all walks of life, and could come in handy later in life. Also take time to develop cultural interests (e.g. reading Chinese literature) and find inspiration - while perhaps giving inspiration to your students."


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AMY ZHANG

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

My full name is Amy Yifei Zhang and my Chinese name is 章亦飞. I am an American born Chinese from Providence, Rhode Island and I graduated from Brandeis University with a triple major in Health Sciences, Global Studies, and East Asian Studies. I am in charge of the media coordination within the Shanghai AYC department so I can often be found editing our website, social media pages, newsletters, and video/photo projects. During my free time, I love to watch movies, bingewatch TV shows, play ping pong and swim!

Advice for incoming Educational Ambassadors?

“Don’t be afraid to practice Chinese with the locals! It’ll be difficult at first and you might not comprehend what the room is talking about at times but it’s all a part of the learning process.”


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FREEMAN SUN

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

I am Freeman Sun, and I have been working in the field of foreign teacher recruiting for 2 years. I graduated from the University of Queensland in Australia. I’m really into sports basketball, soccer, tennis, ping pong, you name it.

Advice for incoming Educational Ambassadors?

"Life begins outside your comfort zone. You might experience a certain degree of culture shock at first, but believe me you will fall in love with Chinese culture after a while. Just seize every chance to eat street food, experience the local custom, engage yourself in the local community and explore the country as much as you can. Overcoming the challenges occurred and persisting in mastering them will bring out the best in you.”



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Julie Yu

Hi there. My name is Julie. As a fresh college graduate from Ohio State University, I'm excited to join the AYC family. I like reading and meeting new friends. Trying different kinds of activities make me feel energetic.

Advice for incoming Educational Ambassadors?

“Be bold, be courageous, be your best.”