Here are some quick self-written bios for the 22 members of our trip:
Natasha (Co-Coordinator): I’m a rising junior majoring in International Relations. I’m very excited to return to the village and see how it has changed and progressed since last year!
Shane (Co-Coordinator): I’m a rising senior currently double majoring in International Relations (Africa) and Chinese. This will be my second time traveling to Rwanda and ASYV, and I’m particularly excited to return to the village and hear about how ASYV’s first graduated student class is faring.
Rayn Riel: I study international urban development at Tufts, and I am the founder of Tufts’ only undergraduate urban planning student organization. I am thrilled to visit ASYV and learn about the master-planned design of the community. Indeed, I am excited to explore how to build meaningful communities and interconnect physical infrastructure with social, economic, and political dynamics. And of course, I can’t wait to meet the students!
Sam B: I’m a rising sophomore who is thinking about possibly double majoring in environmental studies and biology. I’m really excited to go to Africa for the first time, as well as seeing first hand the ASYV village and all that it is doing.
Andrea Moon: I’m a rising junior majoring in biology on the pre-med track. I’m excited to go south of the equator for the first time ever[!!!], and to build relationships/hear stories of people who I would have never met otherwise.
Erica T: I’m a rising sophomore considering majoring in sociology. I am so excited to visit ASYV to make bonds with the students there, and to see all the amazing work that the school is going. I am also so ready to go out into Rwanda and to explore the beautiful country and to learn about its rich and at points tragic history.
Zuri: I’m a rising junior majoring in history (South Asia) and potentially music. I like to travel and learn about different cultures. Im very excited to learn as much as I can about Rwanda.
Mark: Hey all! I’m Mark and I’m a rising senior at Tufts studying International Relations and Chinese. I am very excited to travel to Rwanda and to interact with the students there. This will be my first time to Africa. I’m hoping this experience gives me new perspective on foreign aid and teaches me when aid is effective and when aid isn’t.
Anne-Marie: Hello everyone! I am a rising junior currently majoring in biology and minoring in dance. I’m going to Rwanda because it encompasses many of the aspects that I value and am interested in–service work, learning about different cultures, travelling, and exploring my faith.
Naika: I’m a rising senior double majoring in International Relations (East & Southeast Asia) and Chinese. I’m passionate about human rights and I’m excited to travel to Rwanda to learn more about the restorative and rebuilding measures that have been enacted post-genocide.
Paige: I’m a rising junior majoring in Music and minoring in Entrepreneurial Leadership. I watched Hotel Rwanda as part of a freshman English class and it really impacted me, so when I saw the ad for this trip I knew I had to apply. I’m really excited to travel to Africa for the first time and to immerse myself in the Rwandan culture while making a difference with new friends!
Naomi: I’m a rising senior majoring in American Studies (concentration: Representation and Performance in the Arts and Humanities) and Africana Studies, while trying to get an English minor. I studied abroad in Ghana fall 2012 so this will be my second time going to the African continent. I am excited to embark on my first service trip and learn more about the Rwandan society beyond what is presented to us in the media.
Ben: Hello. I am a rising senior majoring in International Relations with a concentration in Public Health. I’ve never been to Africa and am excited to experience a culture so removed from my own. Furthermore, I hope to learn all I can about ASYV so I can effectively advocate for the organization upon my return.
Kian: I am a rising junior majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership along the pre-med track. I am particularly interested in global health. I hope to learn about the health care concerns of those living in Rwanda. I also hope to learn about Rwandan culture and build meaningful relationships while at the village.
Ish: I’m a rising sophomore majoring (tentatively) in Biology and Environmental Studies. I’m very excited to be somewhere completely different from anywhere I’ve ever been, and learn more about Rwanda in the case of current issues. Also, I am interested in seeing the diverse biome in Rwanda, and how Rwandans live in that.
Anna- Im a rising junior studying International Relations. I’m looking forward to learning more about Rwandan culture and seeing how the country has been able to recover following the genocide. I am also excited to try goat!
Ryan: I’m a rising sophomore studying International Relations and Arabic. I’m excited to travel to Rwanda in order to learn about Rwandan history and about Rwanda’s recent successes. I am also excited to meet everyone at ASYV and hopefully develop solid friendships with some of the students.
Emily: Hi! I’m a rising sophomore studying Biology and Community Health. I am so excited for my first trip to Rwanda. I can’t wait to see the incredible work being done at ASYV and to experience the country and learn more of its history.
Charlotte: Hey everybody! I’m a rising sophomore considering studying English. I’ve always wanted to travel to Africa and am very eager to learn more about the genocide and see firsthand the ways in which Rwanda is recovering. I am most looking forward to meeting the students at ASYV.