Daniel Kebede

Daniel is a naturalized US national but he was born and raised in Ethiopia. After attending an undergraduate study in Sociology and Social Administration at Addis Ababa University, he spent almost seven years traveling to parts of Ethiopia, dealing with the problems of local communities, specifically issues such as internal displacement, child and women trafficking, HIV/AIDS and human rights working with both government agencies and international development organizations like the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Save the Children- Denmark.

Padriac Finan

Raised in a bi-cultural home and the son of an anthropologist, Padraic’s awareness of the global community began at an early age.  This awareness developed into interest during his studies in political science at ASU; where he was intrigued by the connection between governments and ideologies and its influences on development within their communities and society.  Padraic’s path towards Development Practice continued during his tenure in Brazil where he worked with a community outreach program (ProVoz) within the poorest areas of Fortaleza, Brazil.  Here he beg

Valon Osmani

Valon Osmani completed his Bachelor’s degree at the American University in Kosovo. His majors were Public Policy and Economics. During his studies, Mr. Osmani worked for several NGOs and interned at the Government of Kosovo, in the Ministry of Finance. Parallel to his work, Valon participated in numerous campaigns, showing commitment to social issues such as discrimination and delivery of assistive devices.

Ashley Erbe

An avid student, Ashley is a graduate from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. She also holds a certificate in International Public Health from the Institute of International Medicine. During her time as an undergraduate, Ashley worked as the Director of Public Health for the Flying Samaritans, a student-run organization dedicated to providing free healthcare in Agua Prieta, Mexico.

Emma Baker-Perez

Emma grew up on a small island in Washington State that instilled in her a deep appreciation for environment and community. Her travels around Europe as a teenager inspired her to seek a BA in International Studies from the University of Washington, with an emphasis on Environmental Studies. Through UW, she spent a summer in Iceland studying economy, culture, and environment. Her studies, combined with two years as a DJ with UW's Rainydawg Radio, led to a position as Director of Artist and Musician Relations with Seattle nonprofit One Day's Wages (ODW).

Nikki Skelton

Undergrad: University of Arizona
Practicum Partner: Swaziland National Trust Commission Location: Swaziland
Final Report: "Conservation and Development in Mhlumeni, Swaziland: A Community Needs Assessment Completed on Behalf of the Swaziland National Trust Commission"
Current Employer: International Rescue Committee Location: Tucson, AZ

Albert Casella

Undergrad: University of Arizona: Anthropology
Practicum Partner: Sakala-Haiti: Location: Haiti
Final Report Title: Many hands make the load lighter: A retrospective analysis of participatory action research for youth development in Cite-Soleil, Haiti
Current Employer: Global Health Corps Fellows with the Rwandan Ministry of Health and Partners in Health, Rwanda

Mariela Castaneda

Undergrad: Arizona State University
Practicum Partner: International Center of Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT) | Location: Mexico
Final Report: Information and Communication Technology for Food Security and Environmental Stewardship in Mexico:
Regionalization of Agricultural Activities to Inform Decision-Making and Repackaging of data for higher utility
Current Employer:  Research Specialist for the Bureau of Land Management, Washington DC 

Lia Gilbert

Rosalia (Lia) was born and raised in Lima, Perú. She received her undergraduate degree from California State University at San Marcos where she majored in Liberal Studies. Her interest and involvement with charitable programs began at the age of nine. Lia is inquisitive, courageous and a positive team player. She is looking to become an aid contributor at a larger scale where long-term, well-thought out and sustainable change can be implemented to create a more thriving world for all.


Brittany John

Undergrad: International Studies & Entrepreneurship | University of Arizona
Practicum Partner: Africa Rice (CGIAR) + Monterey Inst. for Int'l Studies | Location: Benin
Final report: Evaluating the Impact of Entrepreneurial Education on Poverty + Well-Being Among 18-30 Year Olds in Benin
Current Employer: Health, Hunger & Education Program Manager, GreaterGood.org (Tucson)


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