Reid Furubayashi is one of 32 Fulbright/ America for Bulgaria Foundation English Teaching Assistants in Bulgaria. After spending a year at Petar Bogdan Foreign Language School in Montana, Reid was one of five ETAs selected to extend his assistantship with another year and moved to Sofia, where he combines his love for teaching with his passion for speech and debate.
He now teaches at the 119 Secondary School “Acad. Mihail Arnaudov” while also volunteering as the Assistant Director of the BEST Foundation. BEST stands for “Bulgarian English Speech and debate Tournaments”. The foundation was created in 2012 by 6 Fulbright English teaching assistants and has hosted 19 regional and national tournaments to date.
He told us about the difficulties LGBTI students in Bulgaria have and his own experience in providing support.