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Voices from the Field

Meg Dallett


Age when traveled: Graduate student, SAIS

Life after ITF: Working at a DC-based agriculture focused USAID contractor

"ITF is the only internship program that sends interns to the field alone. It would have been a completely different experience if we'd been traveling with a full-time staffer; as it was, we had to take the lead on everything and resolve problems ourselves. As a result, we developed our in-the-field skills as well as got to look at the big-picture of the internship."

Sarah Riczo

West Africa (Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Mali)

Age when traveled: Graduate student, American University

Life after ITF: Started a nonprofit in Ghana

"The most amazing part was seeing so many people who could give so selflessly. None of the people we met with had much money, yet they invested all of it, along with their time, into helping those around them in an effort to make their community, country, and our world a better place. There is truly nothing more amazing."

Brian Banks

East Africa (Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania)

Age when traveled: College student, American University

Life after ITF: Project management at a DC-based international organization

"Through these experiences, I have learned and grown more than I thought possible. Most of all, I have been humbled by the amazing things I've seen and the inspiring people I've met along the way."

Laurel Chor


Age when traveled: College student, Georgetown

Life after ITF: National Geographic Young Explorer and internationally- based conservationist and filmmaker

"Becoming an 'expert' in online fundraising has proven to be invaluable. It is a vital area for the non-profit sector, with skills that can apply to all sorts of jobs. It's not only about raising money, but also about social media, marketing, branding, customer relations, and story-telling."

Hannah Heebner

Kenya (Fundraising and Training Intern)

Age when traveled: Recent graduate

Life after ITF: CityYear Corps Member

"My time spent working in Kenya was the most formative experience -- it allowed me to combine my love of teaching and empowering nonprofits to leave organizations with long-lasting skills in online fundraising."

Carla Aguilar

South America (Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, and Paraguay)

Age when traveled: Young professional

Life after ITF: Working at CONEVAL (National Committee for Evaluation of Social and Development Policy) in Mexico

"You'll never know what you'll find in a visit. It may be an inspiring story on curing tuberculosis, watching the Peruvian jungle visiting a reforestation project, visiting a school in the Ecuadorian mountains. People will tell you their stories and their struggles, and they will touch your heart while challenging your mind."

Lydia Sorensen

Central America (Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua)

Age when traveled: Young professional

Life after ITF: To be determined! (Just returned from the field)

"Traveling for GlobalGiving was a unique and amazing experience. I hiked volcanoes, waded through mangroves, and even visited a farm on the back of a motorcycle! I met passionate people working hard to make a difference in their communities, and gave me the confidence to believe I can truly tackle almost any challenge."

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