Jon Ordonio strives to join UNESCO and teach children around the world. When Jon isn't preparing to be a teacher, he attends club meetings, learns dance moves on YouTube, and reads the newest version of a Japanese light novel.
Jon Ordonio narrows career goal after studying abroad
Originally from the Philippines, Jon moved to the United States with his family when he was nine years old.
“When I came to the U.S., it was a very different environment, especially in the education system,” Jon said.
By the time Jon was in middle school, he knew he wanted to be a teacher and help children grow.
However, it wasn’t until recently Jon found exactly where his teaching career would lead him.
During a study abroad trip to Japan, Jon learned more about The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO.
“I knew about the U.N. before, but after taking Professor Morikawa’s International Organizations and Japan, at Waseda University, I gained more knowledge about the U.N.’s organizations leading me to choose UNESCO,” he said.
With UNESCO, Jon hopes to teach children in many different countries who lack the education they deserve.
“Education is important,” Jon said. “I want to give them the knowledge about the world, their place in it, and ways to support themselves and their country.”
Jon looks forward to learning the improvised teaching style of these other countries on top of knowing how to build structured lesson plans from his classes at Iowa State.
He also is interested in observing how the students interact with him as someone who isn’t from their country. Jon likes having conversations with other people about their perspective of him.
“You hear a lot about learning culture during study abroad, but for me it’s the interaction with people over sight-seeing,” he said.
Jon encourages other students to fit studying abroad into their schedule.
“Though the education program here is great, it’s hard to fit study abroad into the schedule,” Jon said. “If the students work hard and are willing to take classes in the summer they can have a chance to have an open semester to study abroad. It’s worth it.”