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A Vermont native, Patricia is a graduate of UVM with a degree in Secondary Education and holds a Master’s degree in International Education from NYU. She studied abroad in England and has traveled extensively around the world, including work as a teacher and curriculum developer in Tanzania. Patricia worked for both the United Nations on women’s issues and the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Food Security. She is also President and Founder of a non-profit that provides nutrition and hygiene education to children in rural Guatemala. When not working, Patricia enjoys skiing, bouldering, hiking with her dog, and playing the ukulele. She is an advocate for environmental conservation and has a strong passion for human rights and empowerment of women and girls.
Zach Johns, Intern, [email protected]
Zach Johns is a sophomore at the University of Vermont double majoring in Political Science and Environmental Studies. Hailing from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Zach is an avid skier and musician who takes advantage of all the cultural and natural assets that Burlington has to offer. Zach has experience working as an outdoor educator back in his hometown, and is interested in the intersection of environmental issues and policy. Zach has also developed a fascination with international affairs through his coursework at the UVM and plans on studying abroad in Italy for the fall semester of 2018.
Aafereen Khan, Intern
Originally from New Jersey, Aafereen is a senior at the University of Vermont studying anthropology and global health as well as minoring in community and international development and middle eastern studies. During her time at UVM, she has enjoyed learning how to situate socio-cultural factors within the exploration of health and illness experiences. Aafereen also spent her last semester studying and volunteering in Amman, Jordan. While there, she found that her passions really align with health development and refugee issues in Middle Eastern contexts. She values cultural exchange and appreciates how interning with VCWA gives her the opportunity to work in world affairs in an environment that allows her to interact with people of all different backgrounds. Aafereen is also an environmental advocate and enjoys hiking and traveling.