Andrew Gatti, a 2006 graduate of Andover High School, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Hungary for an English teaching assistantship, the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.
Gatti, who graduated from Connecticut College in 2010 after majoring in international relations, will be working at the Hungarian Fulbright Commission’s Education USA Advising Center and at the Jesuit Roma Residential College in Budapest, Hungary.
At Education USA, Gatti will advise Hungarian students interested in pursuing higher education in the U.S. At Roma Residential, he will teach advanced English, establish an English club with a focus on cultural immersion and train and advise students who may qualify as future Fulbright applicants.
Gatti is one of more than 1,700 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2013/2014 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.
Following his graduation from Connecticut College, Gatti joined the Peace Corps and taught English in a rural village of Ukraine, where he was the only American among the village’s 2,000 people. After he completed his service in December 2012, he traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.
The son of Peter and Tina Gatti, he hopes to study international relations at the graduate level once he finishes his Fulbright fellowship as well as to continue working and studying abroad.