What is your assigned location and what makes you excited about it?
I’ll be working with El Nido Resorts in El Nido, Palawan in the Philippines. While I’m sure this summer has a lot of excitement in store, I’m especially looking forward to the opportunity to learn more about sustainable tourism as a tool for development. Before starting graduate school, I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Comoros on a small, beautiful island called Moheli. While Moheli is difficult to travel to, it has a lot of potential for tourism, and I’m excited to learn more about how El Nido Resorts promotes tourism that is sustainable and community-oriented. I also cannot wait to experience the natural beauty of El Nido!
What does social impact mean to you in your experiences?
To me, social impact is achieved when people or organizations create innovative solutions to address social problems and effect positive change.
How do you hope to grow through GU Impacts?
The GU Impacts Fellowship will give me invaluable experience working with the private sector on sustainable tourism, and I will be able to learn about a region of the world I have never been to. I also hope to grow as a leader and mentor as I work with the undergraduate students in the cohort.
Why did you decide to apply to GU Impacts?
I wanted a summer internship where I would gain experience working with a private sector partner in a new region. I was very impressed with the work that the GU Impacts Fellows did last year, and was excited for an internship with a clear scope of work and a strong foundation to build upon.
What do you think makes GU Impacts different from other service programs at Georgetown?
GU Impacts is unique in that it gives students the opportunity to combine learning with service in an international setting and connects students with a diverse range of organizations doing great work.
What’s your favorite quote?
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us” – J.R.R. Tolkien
What are you currently reading?
A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles