Vanesa is a double major in Political Science and Geography/Environmental Studies, along with a minor in GIS and Technology. She has always been passionate about sustainable development, particularly within sub-Saharan Africa. During the summer of 2015, she was fortunate enough to visit Tanzania as a part of GIVE volunteers. Vanesa worked with the community in order to mix cement, clear land, break boulders, sand desks, and eventually build a secondary school on the island of Zanzibar. Based on her observations there and and in Mexico, as well as courses she has taken in college, she is now specifically interested in working with local communities to better their environment.
Katie is a second year student at UCLA, originally from New York. Her interest in sustainable agricultural development came from working on farms in high school. After high school, she worked on an agricultural development project in Peru, where she learned more about agriculture in the developing world. Since her involvement in Global Development Lab, her interests have expanded beyond agriculture, but she hopes to continue to work on agricultural development in Latin America after college.
Isabel is pursuing a major in International Development Studies. Her interest in travel grew at a young age and evolved in high school through the Peace & Justice club. This student organization centered around specific social justice issues that were then presented to the entire student body through guest speakers, student presentations, and artistic interpretation. Isabel was a minister of the club, as well as president of the Fair Trade club (achieving the status of a Fair Trade school), and traveled to Haiti her senior year to work with several grassroots organizations in Port-au-Prince. Her interest in global development continues at UCLA through Global Development Lab, Students Supporting Haiti Solidarity, and a fellowship with Fair Trade Campaigns. She wants to pursue a career in global health and development, utilizing her mediocre Spanish and continuing to travel and learn more about the world.
Erin is originally from Southern California. Her passion in international development began in high school after volunteer trips to Costa Rica and Tanzania through a Global Leadership organization. Her time working at schools in those communities facilitated her interest in continuing to expand her global perspective and learn more about the development field. At UCLA, Erin is a third year student double majoring in International Development Studies and Political Science. Additionally, Erin has interned at The Samburu Project, a nonprofit dedicated to delivering access to clean water in the Samburu region of Kenya. Following UCLA, Erin hopes to attend law school and pursue a career in the social impact field.
Alley is a fourth year pursuing a major in International Development and minor in Public Affairs. Her interest for development began after her first trip out of the country to volunteer with a non profit in the Dominican Republic. After her initial trip to the Dominican Republic her interest for educational systems of developing countries and international human rights concerns have launched her into many volunteer trips and internships. This past Summer she interned with a non profit organization in Quito, Ecuador called Casa Mis Suenos that empowers women that are transitioning outsex trafficking and girls prisons. Alley hopes to pursue a career that continues to advocate for human rights and social welfare.