My name is Shino, and like Cara, I will be supporting your summer Bolivia College Study Abroad program from afar. I am based in Washington D.C. now, but I grew up in the hill-towns of western Massachusetts. I was raised by dancers who valued openness, individuality, and community. I was lucky enough to be able to travel to non-traditional locations in unconventional ways from an early age and have built my life around trying to make those types of experiences accessible to others.
I went to American University for a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Peace and Conflict Resolution, and I completed a master’s degree in International Education and Globalization at the University of Bath in the UK. After working for years for other international education organizations, I found Dragons in 2017 and it felt like coming home. My first role in the Dragons community was as a summer instructor in Morocco. Since then I have helped with partnership programming, and both high school and college programming. I am thrilled to be supporting this summer experience.
I have enjoyed getting to know you each a bit during the application process and will definitely be getting to know you better during the program preparation process. You should expect an email from us soon with many many details to help with your preparation for Bolivia. This Yak Board is a great place to ask any questions you have about the preparation process, as you are likely not the only one with your question. So be bold, help each other out by putting your questions up here. If you would prefer though, you may of course emails us directly as well.
During your time on program, you will not hear much from me, as I will be supporting more behind the scenes. I will also be one of the many people tracking your experience here on this Yak Board. As your program evolves, so will this space, and I look forward to joining you on this journey via this Yak Board!
Wishing you a joyous spring!
College Study Abroad Coordinator