What is your assigned location and what makes you excited about it?
El Nido. I’m thrilled to work in ecotourism in one of the most beautiful and ecologically important locations in the world!
What does social impact mean to you in your experiences?
Social impact means creating better livelihoods for people while building a more sustainable world.
How do you hope to grow through GU Impacts?
I hope to gain hard skills working in ecotourism and soft skills working with a diverse team and a diverse local community. I hope that I can better understand how tourism and business more broadly can drive social impact and environmental preservation simultaneously. I would like to apply that understanding toward a subsequent career in conservation.
Why did you decide to apply to GU Impacts?
I think GU Impacts – El Nido will allow me to develop skills applicable to my career goals while providing me an opportunity to create social impact and give back to the global community. It can be difficult for undergraduates to find meaningful, interesting work, in an ecosystem dominated by dull internships. So GU Impacts – El Nido seemed like an opportunity not to be missed!
What do you think makes GU Impacts different from other service programs at Georgetown?
GU Impacts allows fellows to both serve globally and develop their own career goals so that they can have an even greater impact in the future. It also gives fellows an opportunity to work with, rather than for, community members. I imagine that the equal footing the program provides local partners and Georgetown students will create valuable opportunities for learning on both sides.
What’s your favorite quote?
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” – MLK
What are you currently reading?
How To Live: A life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Answers by Sarah Bakewell