PDX Abroad Scholars

2017 – 2018

Tiffany Richards

Hello in your host country language: こんにちは(Kon’nitiwa)
University: Portland State University
Expected graduation year: 2018
Destination: Osaka, Japan
Program Provider: University Exchange Program
Major / minor: Applied Linguistics major, Japanese minor, TESL and Asian Studies certificates
Language of Study: Japanese
Demographic background: LGBTQ, Asian-American
Future career aspirations: teach ESL and develop an ESL program to teach English to immigrants and refugees
Top 3 goals for study abroad: study Japanese language and culture; make lots of friends; eat lots of food

Kevin Ngo

Hello in your host country language: こんにちは (Kon’nichiwa)
University: Portland State University
Expected graduation year: 2019
Destination: Shibuya, Japan
Program Provider: IE3 Global
Major / minor: Business and Japanese
Language of Study: Japanese
Demographic background: First Generation, Asian-American
Future career aspirations: Japanese interpreter working in Japan
Top 3 goals for study abroad: achieve native fluency in Japanese; gain experience and make connections to work in the 2020 Olympics in Japan; make life-long friends

2016 – 2017

Jenna Gallemore

Hello in your host country language: ¡Hola!
University: Portland Community College
Expected graduation year: 2018
Destination: Santiago, Chile
Program Provider: University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC)
Subject Matter, Major / minor: Spanish Language and Literature / Latin American Studies / Photography
Language of Study, if any : Spanish
Housing: Apartment
Demographic background: Adult learner, First-generation Caucasian female
Future career aspirations: Spanish professor


Rocks Zayda

Portland Community College

¡Hola! MyRocks Zayda Bio Pic name is Rocks and I am one excited lady! This summer I will be traveling to Santiago de Chile to study for a semester at the Universidad de Andrés Bello. While there, I will be taking an introduction to Latin American Photography class and workshop that is taught entirely in Spanish. I am really looking forward to exploring the city in such an intimate way; just me and my camera. Over six million people currently live in Santiago which is bordered by the ocean to the west and the Andes Mountains to the east, so I will have plenty to capture through my lens, but I am especially excited about photographing all the amazing street art that helps color the city. I will also be volunteering with a local group that helps marginalized people in the community with self-publishing projects called, “Feria de Fanzines” that sponsors monthly events in and around the city.

I am currently attending Portland Community College in order to become a high school Spanish teacher. But before I enter the classroom to teach, it is important for me to have a more personal connection to the culture.

Growing up in poverty, I never thought that studying abroad would ever fit into my life, but now my dream will soon be realized and I can’t wait to start my learning adventure in Santiago!


Emily Doyle

Portland State University

こんにちは!Doyle, Emily Photo (Konnichiwa!) Hello! My name is Emily Doyle and I am from Portland, Oregon located in the beautiful northwest. I am currently attending Portland State University majoring in Japanese Language, and working on my TESL Certificate to teach English as a second language. I am 34 years old and a returning college student. This recent switch from full time job status to full time student status has been a very challenging life change for me. However, it has been equally rewarding with my own personal development and meeting so many new wonderful people. In my free time I love to be outdoors and take advantage of my surroundings. I am a foodie and love to experiment with recipes and try all kinds of new food. I also have a passion for exercising and I lead online motivational groups to encourage others to eat healthy and exercise. My passion for exercising stems from my love of Martial Arts that was passed on by my father to me at an early age. My father studied and taught Martial Arts for many years, and he is one of my major influences fueling my desire to study other cultures.

This September I will be studying abroad at Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies in Nagasaki, Japan for about 6 months. Studying in Nagasaki will allow me to immerse myself in Japanese culture, and improve my speaking abilities immensely which I could never replicate in my studies in Portland. This experience will be a once in a life time chance to learn about Nagasaki’s rich and tragic history in person. I am extremely excited to learn in a new country and meet new people as well as sharing my journey along the way.