July 3, 2017 | The NextGen Leadership Series, GU Impacts Profile: Camille Bangug
Interview by Ali Walton, Beeck Communications Analyst
Meet Camille! She’s a sophomore majoring in International Politics with a certificate in International Development in the SFS, and this summer she’ll be heading to El Nido Resorts in Palawan, Philippines.
You’re heading to El Nido Resorts, what are you most excited for?
I cannot even begin to describe my excitement for this location. First, as a Filipino-American growing up in the United States, I am incredibly excited to be given a chance to live and experience the Philippines in ways I have never been able to before. I haven’t been to the Philippines since I was around 8 years old, and I am so thankful to go back in such an exciting way. It is truly humbling to be given an opportunity that allows me to connect on a deeper level with my family’s heritage and the country that my parents call home.
Palawan is also home to some of the most beautiful natural sites in the Philippines and is an area of heightened biodiversity. Our partners at El Nido Resorts already do such a fantastic job highlighting these natural wonders, and protecting them through sustainable tourism practices. I am eager to not only experience Palawan’s natural beauty, but also contribute to its protection and conservation throughout our internship with El Nido Resorts.
You have such an exciting summer ahead of you! Based on your experiences so far, what does social impact mean to you in your experiences?
I was first introduced to the concept of social impact through a conference that convened students in universities working within the social impact sector. At the time, I understood social impact to mean a lot of things. It meant creating a tangible impact and doing so by understanding the complexities of issues that affect specific communities. It meant catalyzing change through understanding how to achieve progress and recognizing that progress doesn’t have to look the same throughout the world. It means innovation, sustainable development, and the improvement of the quality of life for individuals on a smaller local level, or even on a broader, global level. Today, I still hold these conceptions to be true in my understanding of social impact.
However, these understandings are now complemented by a new conception I’ve taken on about social impact. Opportunities like GU Impacts have proven to me that social impact isn’t just a goal we can learn about and then attempt to apply in other professions. It can be the driving force behind choosing a career path that truly makes a positive difference in the lives of others. As I partake in this fellowship, I hope that I will continue to expand on my understanding of social impact, and apply this knowledge throughout the work I choose to do for the rest of my career.
So how do you hope to grow through GU Impacts and this social impact work?
Through GU Impacts I hope not only to learn from my experience working with El Nido Resorts, but also to learn from my fellow cohort members who each have an array of incredible experiences and backgrounds. The program at El Nido Resorts also provides me with the opportunity to understand sustainable tourism on such an intimate level, which is relevant to a wide variety of countries that have a strong tourism sector. With this experience, I hope to further analyze how sustainable tourism can be achieved in other parts of the world.
That’s will be a really interesting analysis. Why did you decide to apply to GU Impacts, and what do you think makes GU Impacts different from other service programs at Georgetown?
I applied to GU Impacts because the partners that they work with are such incredible organizations. They are also all unique in such distinct ways, and the diversity in the opportunities they offer are like no other program at Georgetown.
GU Impacts is able to display to Georgetown students that serving the greater good does not have to look one type of way. The diversity in the partners that GU Impacts engages with exemplifies how one can work in a wide variety of capacities, applying skills one wouldn’t necessarily think are needed in the work of service, to create positive changes and catalyze development.
Fun question, what’s your favorite quote?
“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” –Madeleine Albright
And lastly, what are you currently reading? *
“The Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri