During my junior year, I had the incredible opportunity to spend two semesters studying abroad in Thailand, Cambodia and Spain. In Thailand and Cambodia, through my exchange program, traveling and volunteer service, I was able to learn and experience a vast and troubling array of human and civil rights abuses, such as the plight of Burmese refugees in Thailand, religious violence in southern Thailand, rallies for Burma’s violent and oppressive actions towards its citizens and the abuse of the Cambodian government regarding land rights, to name a few. The experience transformed my life, making me aware of an extremely complex, diverse and often harsh world that I had never been exposed to. Through the many students, teachers and Non-Governmental Organizations I spoke to during my time abroad, I was deeply inspired to become an active participant in helping our world.

This experience sparked a desire within me to continue advocating for social justice on a global level. I am now participating in another Alternative Break trip this Winter to Ethiopia with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Our trip will include a combination of physical work and volunteer activies with JDC International Development programs in Gondar and Addis Ababa. We will assist at JDC-Supported medical clinics, nutritional assistance programs for malnourished children, and innovative public health and education programs. Being a part of this transformational journey will allow me help spread awareness on how hunger and poverty can be alleviated and what we can do to help. Every donation counts!

Thank you, in advance, for supporting my lifelong goal of Tikkun Olam - Repairing the World.

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