My name is Kathryn Ashley McNeish and I am a rising junior studying Global Studies as an undergrad at the University of Vermont College of Arts and Sciences. My interest in global studies was influenced by a trip I took in 2014 to Rwanda where I lived with a host family of genocide survivors. While there, I worked with students ages ranging from toddlers to college students, learning about the culture while also doing ethnographic work at a clean water project. Originally starting my undergrad at Endicott College, I was provided the opportunity to complete a 120 hour internship at the Montreal Institute of Genocide Studies and the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. The internship gave me the chance to reflect on my studies and my experiences at Endicott, which gave me the time to explore other paths. It was then I decided to withdraw from Endicott College and take the semester off to travel to South Africa to teach English to third graders and work with disabled children in an orphanage through a volunteer program called Global Vision International. My time abroad further solidified my passion for working in underprivileged communities to promote humanitarian equality around the globe. I look forward to communicating with the Board about all the work that the Vermont Council on World Affairs is doing around the world. My goals for this internship and running this blog is to expand my international network and learn about all the incredible work that Vermont is doing in the world.
Thank you and I look forward to working with you.