As a first-year student in the MDP program, Caroline Lewis will primarily focus on development practice in post-Soviet countries, specifically sexual/reproductive health education, positive youth development, and educational reform. She hopes to gain theoretical and research knowledge to complement her fieldwork experience, and make connections with like-minded, inspiring people along the way.
Prior to the MDP program, Caroline served in the Peace Corps as a Youth Development Volunteer in Ukraine from August 2018-March 2020. During her service, she designed and implemented a 5-day summer camp with over 80 students focused on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Project Design and Management (PDM), and English language learning; co-facilitated over 50 teacher trainings in collaboration with IREX and the British Council focused on the implementation of the New Ukrainian School education reform; traveled to Moldova to train their Peace Corps volunteers on Model UN programming; and acted as a Peace Corps Resource Volunteer to assist the incoming group of volunteers during their Pre-Service Training and co-facilitate their own PDM training. She also received funding through a USAID SPA grant, focused on creating an inclusive education space in a village school and providing teachers with 10 hours of training on inclusive education practices.
Caroline studied Psychology and English Literature during her time at Boston College, graduating in 2018, and was heavily involved in the Big Brother Big Sister program there. She also interned at BBBS Greater Boston, working on program management and creating new curriculums for matches during the academic year. She also was Editor-in-Chief for an on-campus, student-run publication that encouraged individual, creative thinking, and collaboration among students.
After the MDP program, Caroline hopes to continue her work in Eastern Europe through NGO collaboration or through the State Department. Ultimately, her goal is to bring a holistic, hands-on, compassionate approach to development work in a way that leaves communities and individuals feeling autonomous and in a position to thrive.