I’m entering my senior year as environmental studies and Spanish major and the University of Portland. I recently returned from Quito, Ecuador where I was studying for five months. In addition to my studies, I traveled to colonial cities, the Amazon Rainforest, the Galapagos, and everything in between. I also spent time working with at-risk youth and child workers as a tutor and environmental educator.
Upon my return to the states, I interned with the Washington Fair Trade Coalition on a project aimed at demonstrating the ways in which people, specifically migrant farm workers, are impacted by trade policy.
Thinking into the future, I’m applying for a Fulbright Scholarship to Ecuador to research the importance of community and the role of food and food policies in an indigenous community. I am also applying for a teaching program in Chile and to be an AmeriCorps volunteer.
Reflecting on my last six months and time abroad, I came to realize the value of time and in doing so came to realize that everything happens for a reason. Had it not been for GV, I may not have ended up on the path of environmental and social justice nor had the confidence and leadership skills to walk to path I’ve chosen.