DEPARTMENTS

  • Academic Programs
  • Custom & Faculty-Led Programs
  • Health & Safety
  • HR & Finance
  • IT
  • Leadership
  • Marketing & Analytics
  • Resident Directors
  • Student & Institutional Engagement
  • Strategic Initiatives

Meet The Team

Resident Director, Mexico
Originally from Quito, Ecuador, Diana was a high school exchange student to Louisiana and California and could never go home again. She has worked in the study abroad offices in the U.S. and has been a resident director in Ecuador, Spain, and Mexico. Her most memorable experience was taking a group of students to Nepal and seeing its amazing mountains!
Director of Human Resources
In my own winging-it travels have helped me to grow, both personally and professionally, and having the opportunity to help students study abroad is very exciting. I’ve have been very fortunate to have opportunities to travel through Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America, for both work and fun. It was through these trips that I have come to more fully appreciate other cultures, and the value of the friendships and connections that have lasted over the years.
Resident Director, Varanasi, India
Lara is from Italy and their opportunities to study abroad for Italian students, especially if interested in extra-European country, were not as developed as in the U.S. If you want to study abroad out of Europe, go for it, but do it on your own. Lara participated into a summer short-term Mandarin language course at the University of Peking and thereafter traveled for one month on her own in China, to visit some important ancient art heritage centers. The next year, following her interest for Asian Art, she traveled through Varanasi, North India, to reach Nepal. This travel made her understand that her further studies would have focused on art of Indian subcontinent. In 2000 she enrolled as Ph.D. scholar at Banaras Hindu University and continues to live in the city even after the completion of her dissertation.
President and CEO
As an undergraduate study abroad student in Edinburgh, Scotland, Heather first discovered her passion for global cultures and education. Following graduation, she spent two years teaching in Japan through the JET Program. Since then, she has traveled to numerous countries for work and fun, and she continues to rediscover her passion for the world, as well as her empathy for first-time travelers abroad.
Senior Salesforce Developer
Director, Custom and Collaborative Programs
Emily’s first trip abroad was to Spain and France as a high school senior, during which time she was bit by the international travel bug. Studying abroad a few years later at the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac in Guadalajara, Mexico solidified her goal to seek a career in education abroad. Emily’s most memorable travel experiences as an IFSA employee have been to Havana, Cuba, and Machu Picchu in Peru.
Director for Program Operations
Spanning over 20 countries and 35 U.S. states, Teresa’s travels have been tied to a variety of roles throughout her life, including choral singer, university exchange student, apartment mover, WWOOFer, education professional, and heritage seeker. However, it’s her academic year abroad studying French and Italian language and culture in Aix-en-Provence, France that solidified her life-long love of learning and awakened her approach to cross-cultural communication.
Resident Director, Cuba
In addition to Cuba she has traveled to Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, Holland, and the Czech Republic.
Regional Case Manager for Asia & Pacific
Sharna has lived abroad in the United Kingdom, studied abroad in Thailand, and spent nine months living in Timor-Leste while conducting Ph.D. research. Despite differences in each of these locations, many of the experiences, emotions and challenges associated with living abroad were the same and Sharna has been able to use her own experiences to help students successfully navigate their study abroad experiences.
Director of Student Engagement
Nikki studied abroad in Mexico, and upon graduating moved to Mexico for a year to work alongside two anthropologist preserving indigenous cultures in Oaxaca through the creation of community museums. This experienced drove Nikki to receiving her Masters in Cultural and Social Anthropology and understanding the importance of participatory action research and community engagement.
Resident Director, Rome, Italy
As an undergraduate student, Francesco spent a year abroad in Salzburg, Austria from where he returned with lifelong friendships and the resolution to start a career in international education. Since then, he has traveled extensively in Europe and North America.
Operations Coordinator
In 2014 Alexis studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While abroad, she visited Uruguay and Brazil. Since then she has traveled internationally to the Dominican Republic and domestically to New York, Mississippi, Missouri, Iowa, and New Mexico. Her top travel goal, inspired by her grandparents, is to visit 100 countries and all 50 states in the United States!
Resident Director, Scotland
Living in France as an undergrad, and even moving from Ireland to live in Scotland, have shaped Ruth as an international educator. These experiences have enhanced her sense of understanding and compassion for others and instilled a desire to help students reach their individual goals.
Director of Finance
While working as the Corporate Controller at my previous employer, I had the opportunity to travel to many places in South America, Europe, and Asia. It was through this experience that I realized that, while cultures are different, people everywhere want the same basic thing, security, ability to provide for their families and happiness. The friendships that I made through the course of these travels remain even though the trips themselves are long over. Friendships made during such experiences make the world feel like a smaller place.
Marketing Content and Event Manager
Jon didn’t have the opportunity to study abroad in college, which motivates him to encourage other students the opportunity he never had. He is well-versed in domestic travel however, having visited nearly every major U.S. city, visiting 43 of the 50 U.S. states, two U.S. territories, four Canadian provinces, and most of the beachside hot spots in Mexico.
Brand Engagement Specialist
In high school, Sarah visited France and Spain on a short-term, art-based study abroad program. During her undergrad, she traveled to Austria and the Czech Republic for marketing and international business studies. She has visited nine countries, but the most profound experience to her was her mission work in Mexico.
Director, London Global Flagship
Andrew credits his study abroad in England as being the best decision of his life - an adventure that remains as fascinating today as his day of arrival, Oct. 1, 1998. Outside of his deep exploration of the UK, Andrew is an intrepid traveler, noting Greece, Scandinavia, and the Scottish Hebrides as absolute favorites.
Vice President for Academic Programs
MT first studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain as a Penn State undergrad. She conducted her doctoral research in Portugal. She lived outside the U.S. for more than 25 years in Spain, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, and Greece. MT travels extensively, recently adding a “sola” trip to Rapa Nui (Easter Island).
Resident Director, Peru
Panama was the destination of Danny’s first international travel, and for working or vacations he has traveled through North, Central and South America, as well as the UK, Spain, France and Denmark. He is always willing to share anecdotes about his visits to Senegal, Ghana, and South Africa while working for an international NGO.
Vice President and CFO
Eric lived in Edinburgh, Scotland for five years while serving as CFO for the European division of a consumer products company. While there he traveled, for both business and pleasure, throughout Scotland, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Morocco, and Egypt. This experience gave both he and his family practical lessons in Intercultural Agility.
Human Resource Specialist
I took a bus trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon in November. It rained half an inch at once in Vegas and the roofs of the hotels and casinos were leaking. It was snowing in the desert. When we got to the Grand Canyon, it was so foggy that you could only see about an inch in front of your nose. I’m assuming we were actually at the Grand Canyon, but I have no visual proof of it. As I was having a first-class pity party on the return bus trip, I realized that the Japanese tourists were a lot sadder than I was. For most of them, it was their only chance to see it. It helped me to understand that sometimes you only have one shot and, if at all possible, you shouldn’t miss it.
Regional Director, Asia & Pacific
Christi is from Canada, lived in the United Kingdom and has traveled throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific. Moving to the UK to teach secondary school was life changing for her. The joy of exploring a new country, finding new community and embracing a new culture, made her realize that this was something she wanted to help others experience.
Director for India Programs, Resident Director, Pune, India
A road side newspaper vendor in Mumbai asked me once, “Madam, what do you do? Who are these people?” I told him I work for a study abroad program and these are American students. He said, “I observe for last two years that your students are very well dressed. They follow our cultural norms! Not like other foreigners!” I was so pleasantly surprised and very happy about our orientation for students! I knew I should be doing what I do!
Associate Director, Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE)
Tilak has traveled to India, the Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates.
Resident Director, Ireland
Maria spent five years travelling and working in eight countries in her early 20s. The experience of living far from home, without roots or loved-ones, taught her how important it is to make local connections and to understand local culture.
Director for Student Health and Safety
Amy first studied overseas in high school as a Rotary Exchange student in Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia. This prompted her thirst for more and she then spent a year in Freiburg, Germany as an undergraduate. As a graduate student, she studied in Munich, Germany; Tunis, Tunisia; and Irbid, Jordan. Her travel has included work and pleasure trips to the United Kingdom, France, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Israel, the Arabian Gulf states, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Brazil. She dreams of traveling to India, Thailand, and South Africa.
Director of IT
I’ve traveled extensively in my career in the U.S. and abroad. Knowing a few things about the people and customs has always been fascinating and useful in conducting business. I have also seen first hand how this knowledge can set you apart in the workplace!
Director for China Programs
I have always wanted to visit countries that have a long tradition but with distinctive culture and lifestyle different from my home. I am particularly impressed by the EU countries, their histories, their vast and varying geography and demographies, ongoing changes and complexities triggered by interactions of global and local forces, as well as the efforts by individual countries like Spain to reinvigorate itself in the new world economy. It offers me critical angles of examining and reflecting our own journey of societal and cultural evolution, and the key values China programs can bring to our students.
Salesforce Administrator and Junior Developer
Tyler participated in several work-related trips to China and Vietnam. In addition, he has traveled with his wife to England, Scotland, France, Italy, Mexico, and Jamaica.
Director for Strategic Initiatives
I had a professional development opportunity in Australia summer of 2014 working with three of our partner universities on academic integration of study abroad. It was wonderful to see cultural differences in how international education is perceived, delivered and valued.
Assistant Director of Student Engagement
Jennifer lived in Costa Rica for four years before returning to Indianapolis. This independent experience abroad gave her a greater understanding of culture and what it is like to live in a country different from your native home. Bonus: She met her tico husband there, too!
Academic Affairs Manager
Abby served as an orientation guide for international students during undergrad. Creating positive experiences for students and traveling with them during their time in the U.S. has led to lifelong friendships and travel companions.
Assistant Field Director
I’ve vacationed in Jamaica, studied abroad in Spain, South Africa, and did a short term study in Puerto Rico. Visiting all 50 U.S. states and every continent (except Antarctica) are on my bucket list.
Resident Director, New Zealand Programs
My interest in international education started with a six-week summer job that turned into a 15+ year career. My job was to welcome new students to the university. I was also part of a buddy program for new international students and one of the very first students I met was from the U.S., and with whom I still good friends. Being exposed to so many people embarking on their study abroad experience, I was inspired to continue in the international education field while traveling and living in London, UK. I feel very fortunate to be in a profession I am so passionate about.
Resident Director, Argentina
Patricio lived in Columbia for three years after finishing high school and he’s an avid traveler. He has already visited 25 countries and, in the last few years, he fell in love with Asia (nine countries visited so far, most of them twice). This February, he visited India, Bhutan, and Myanmar for the first time and he’s willing to repeat the three destinations.
Assistant Director of Finance
My first adult international travel experience was to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico soon after college. I was intrigued by the difference in lifestyles (everything was at a much slower pace than I was used to), which I incorporated back into my own life to slow down and enjoy the moments as they are happening.
Technical Support Specialist
Bindesh travels back home to India once a year.
Regional Field Director
My first time away from North America was as a participant on a study abroad program that looked at the pre-history and history of Ireland. That January spent on the Emerald Isle made me realize that it was possible to leave my comfort zone and it started me on a path to explore the whole world!
Student Engagement Specialist
Emma participated in a faculty-led program conducted by the Ball State Department of Geography where she traveled to Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy to explore the cultural and political geography of the Central Europe region. This helped open her eyes to the study abroad world for college-level students and what goes in to making a successful educational trip abroad. The travel bug bit her years before when she toured with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir on separate occasions to Canada, Ireland, and Italy.
Resident Director, Barcelona, Spain
When I started studying languages I never imagined that by this point in my life I would have lived in five different countries and traveled to more than 25 countries. Travel keeps me alive and teaches me new things all the time.
Field Director
Studying abroad for a semester in Granada, Spain showed me what a truly immersive international experience is like. Before then, I traveled a lot but just scratched the surface of tourist locations. Living with a host family, speaking the language, and being integrated into the university and community taught me to travel in a much more authentic way.
Assistant Director of Student Engagement
Hannah spent a semester in Ireland on IFSA’s University College Dublin program. Living in Ireland and traveling around Europe opened her eyes to the fact that while the world is made up of many diverse cultures, at the core, people are more alike than we may initially realize. Hannah’s experience inspired a passion for international education and a desire to help guide students toward their own opportunities to learn more about the ever changing world in which we live.
Resident Director, Costa Rica
As an undergraduate, Rodney participated in a faculty-led program conducted by the Worcester State Department of Foreign Languages where he traveled to Paris, France to immerse in the French culture. This trip helped him decide to work in the field of international education. Has visited more than 40 countries since that trip to France.
Senior Resident Director, Cambridge, Oxford, and Wales Programs
Andrew’s passion for international study was cultivated during his year abroad in the South of France during his undergraduate degree and he thoroughly enjoys helping students get the most out of their own study abroad experiences.
Vice President for Institutional and Student Engagement
Vicky traveled to England, Wales, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein as part of three separate study tours in high school. In 2017 she visited Italy and the Czech Republic. Her growing travel bucket list includes Scotland, Ireland, and New Zealand.
Assistant Director for Global Learning and Assessment
AJ first studied abroad in high school as part of a three-week exchange program to Munich, Germany. In college, he spent one semester in the Netherlands at the University of Maastricht and a second at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on a Killam Fellowship. AJ also loves to travel for work and pleasure—his favorite trips so far have been to Moscow, Russia; Israel; and Victoria, Canada.
Resident Director, Prague
Jana’s first study abroad experience was in her senior high school year when she went to California to spend a year living in a host family, and studying at Placer High School. Jana soon realized the experience was only a beginning of a lifetime of exploration, challenges, and rewards of an international life. It is never late for travel but, as an educator, Jana believes that late high school and early college experiences abroad that are semi-structured (e.g. with an educational program and a relevant focus) are crucially formative and effective in developing important skills, influencing your view of life, and the choices you make in the future.
Director, Custom and Collaborative Programs
Emily’s first trip abroad was to Spain and France as a high school senior, during which time she was bit by the international travel bug. Studying abroad a few years later at the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac in Guadalajara, Mexico solidified her goal to seek a career in education abroad. Emily’s most memorable travel experiences as an IFSA employee have been to Havana, Cuba, and Machu Picchu in Peru.
Director of Human Resources
In my own winging-it travels have helped me to grow, both personally and professionally, and having the opportunity to help students study abroad is very exciting. I’ve have been very fortunate to have opportunities to travel through Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America, for both work and fun. It was through these trips that I have come to more fully appreciate other cultures, and the value of the friendships and connections that have lasted over the years.
Director of Finance
While working as the Corporate Controller at my previous employer, I had the opportunity to travel to many places in South America, Europe, and Asia. It was through this experience that I realized that, while cultures are different, people everywhere want the same basic thing, security, ability to provide for their families and happiness. The friendships that I made through the course of these travels remain even though the trips themselves are long over. Friendships made during such experiences make the world feel like a smaller place.
Human Resource Specialist
I took a bus trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon in November. It rained half an inch at once in Vegas and the roofs of the hotels and casinos were leaking. It was snowing in the desert. When we got to the Grand Canyon, it was so foggy that you could only see about an inch in front of your nose. I’m assuming we were actually at the Grand Canyon, but I have no visual proof of it. As I was having a first-class pity party on the return bus trip, I realized that the Japanese tourists were a lot sadder than I was. For most of them, it was their only chance to see it. It helped me to understand that sometimes you only have one shot and, if at all possible, you shouldn’t miss it.
Assistant Director of Finance
My first adult international travel experience was to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico soon after college. I was intrigued by the difference in lifestyles (everything was at a much slower pace than I was used to), which I incorporated back into my own life to slow down and enjoy the moments as they are happening.
Director for Strategic Initiatives
I had a professional development opportunity in Australia summer of 2014 working with three of our partner universities on academic integration of study abroad. It was wonderful to see cultural differences in how international education is perceived, delivered and valued.
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President and CEO
As an undergraduate study abroad student in Edinburgh, Scotland, Heather first discovered her passion for global cultures and education. Following graduation, she spent two years teaching in Japan through the JET Program. Since then, she has traveled to numerous countries for work and fun, and she continues to rediscover her passion for the world, as well as her empathy for first-time travelers abroad.
Vice President for Academic Programs
MT first studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain as a Penn State undergrad. She conducted her doctoral research in Portugal. She lived outside the U.S. for more than 25 years in Spain, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, and Greece. MT travels extensively, recently adding a “sola” trip to Rapa Nui (Easter Island).
Vice President and CFO
Eric lived in Edinburgh, Scotland for five years while serving as CFO for the European division of a consumer products company. While there he traveled, for both business and pleasure, throughout Scotland, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Morocco, and Egypt. This experience gave both he and his family practical lessons in Intercultural Agility.
Vice President for Institutional and Student Engagement
Vicky traveled to England, Wales, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein as part of three separate study tours in high school. In 2017 she visited Italy and the Czech Republic. Her growing travel bucket list includes Scotland, Ireland, and New Zealand.
Director for Program Operations
Spanning over 20 countries and 35 U.S. states, Teresa’s travels have been tied to a variety of roles throughout her life, including choral singer, university exchange student, apartment mover, WWOOFer, education professional, and heritage seeker. However, it’s her academic year abroad studying French and Italian language and culture in Aix-en-Provence, France that solidified her life-long love of learning and awakened her approach to cross-cultural communication.
Operations Coordinator
In 2014 Alexis studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While abroad, she visited Uruguay and Brazil. Since then she has traveled internationally to the Dominican Republic and domestically to New York, Mississippi, Missouri, Iowa, and New Mexico. Her top travel goal, inspired by her grandparents, is to visit 100 countries and all 50 states in the United States!
Academic Affairs Manager
Abby served as an orientation guide for international students during undergrad. Creating positive experiences for students and traveling with them during their time in the U.S. has led to lifelong friendships and travel companions.
Assistant Director for Global Learning and Assessment
AJ first studied abroad in high school as part of a three-week exchange program to Munich, Germany. In college, he spent one semester in the Netherlands at the University of Maastricht and a second at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on a Killam Fellowship. AJ also loves to travel for work and pleasure—his favorite trips so far have been to Moscow, Russia; Israel; and Victoria, Canada.
Senior Salesforce Developer
Director of IT
I’ve traveled extensively in my career in the U.S. and abroad. Knowing a few things about the people and customs has always been fascinating and useful in conducting business. I have also seen first hand how this knowledge can set you apart in the workplace!
Salesforce Administrator and Junior Developer
Tyler participated in several work-related trips to China and Vietnam. In addition, he has traveled with his wife to England, Scotland, France, Italy, Mexico, and Jamaica.
Technical Support Specialist
Bindesh travels back home to India once a year.
Director of Student Engagement
Nikki studied abroad in Mexico, and upon graduating moved to Mexico for a year to work alongside two anthropologist preserving indigenous cultures in Oaxaca through the creation of community museums. This experienced drove Nikki to receiving her Masters in Cultural and Social Anthropology and understanding the importance of participatory action research and community engagement.
Assistant Director of Student Engagement
Jennifer lived in Costa Rica for four years before returning to Indianapolis. This independent experience abroad gave her a greater understanding of culture and what it is like to live in a country different from your native home. Bonus: She met her tico husband there, too!
Assistant Field Director
I’ve vacationed in Jamaica, studied abroad in Spain, South Africa, and did a short term study in Puerto Rico. Visiting all 50 U.S. states and every continent (except Antarctica) are on my bucket list.
Regional Field Director
My first time away from North America was as a participant on a study abroad program that looked at the pre-history and history of Ireland. That January spent on the Emerald Isle made me realize that it was possible to leave my comfort zone and it started me on a path to explore the whole world!
Student Engagement Specialist
Emma participated in a faculty-led program conducted by the Ball State Department of Geography where she traveled to Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy to explore the cultural and political geography of the Central Europe region. This helped open her eyes to the study abroad world for college-level students and what goes in to making a successful educational trip abroad. The travel bug bit her years before when she toured with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir on separate occasions to Canada, Ireland, and Italy.
Field Director
Studying abroad for a semester in Granada, Spain showed me what a truly immersive international experience is like. Before then, I traveled a lot but just scratched the surface of tourist locations. Living with a host family, speaking the language, and being integrated into the university and community taught me to travel in a much more authentic way.
Assistant Director of Student Engagement
Hannah spent a semester in Ireland on IFSA’s University College Dublin program. Living in Ireland and traveling around Europe opened her eyes to the fact that while the world is made up of many diverse cultures, at the core, people are more alike than we may initially realize. Hannah’s experience inspired a passion for international education and a desire to help guide students toward their own opportunities to learn more about the ever changing world in which we live.
Marketing Content and Event Manager
Jon didn’t have the opportunity to study abroad in college, which motivates him to encourage other students the opportunity he never had. He is well-versed in domestic travel however, having visited nearly every major U.S. city, visiting 43 of the 50 U.S. states, two U.S. territories, four Canadian provinces, and most of the beachside hot spots in Mexico.
Brand Engagement Specialist
In high school, Sarah visited France and Spain on a short-term, art-based study abroad program. During her undergrad, she traveled to Austria and the Czech Republic for marketing and international business studies. She has visited nine countries, but the most profound experience to her was her mission work in Mexico.
Regional Case Manager for Asia & Pacific
Sharna has lived abroad in the United Kingdom, studied abroad in Thailand, and spent nine months living in Timor-Leste while conducting Ph.D. research. Despite differences in each of these locations, many of the experiences, emotions and challenges associated with living abroad were the same and Sharna has been able to use her own experiences to help students successfully navigate their study abroad experiences.
Director for Student Health and Safety
Amy first studied overseas in high school as a Rotary Exchange student in Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia. This prompted her thirst for more and she then spent a year in Freiburg, Germany as an undergraduate. As a graduate student, she studied in Munich, Germany; Tunis, Tunisia; and Irbid, Jordan. Her travel has included work and pleasure trips to the United Kingdom, France, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Israel, the Arabian Gulf states, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Brazil. She dreams of traveling to India, Thailand, and South Africa.
Resident Director, Mexico
Originally from Quito, Ecuador, Diana was a high school exchange student to Louisiana and California and could never go home again. She has worked in the study abroad offices in the U.S. and has been a resident director in Ecuador, Spain, and Mexico. Her most memorable experience was taking a group of students to Nepal and seeing its amazing mountains!
Resident Director, Varanasi, India
Lara is from Italy and their opportunities to study abroad for Italian students, especially if interested in extra-European country, were not as developed as in the U.S. If you want to study abroad out of Europe, go for it, but do it on your own. Lara participated into a summer short-term Mandarin language course at the University of Peking and thereafter traveled for one month on her own in China, to visit some important ancient art heritage centers. The next year, following her interest for Asian Art, she traveled through Varanasi, North India, to reach Nepal. This travel made her understand that her further studies would have focused on art of Indian subcontinent. In 2000 she enrolled as Ph.D. scholar at Banaras Hindu University and continues to live in the city even after the completion of her dissertation.
Resident Director, Cuba
In addition to Cuba she has traveled to Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, Holland, and the Czech Republic.
Resident Director, Rome, Italy
As an undergraduate student, Francesco spent a year abroad in Salzburg, Austria from where he returned with lifelong friendships and the resolution to start a career in international education. Since then, he has traveled extensively in Europe and North America.
Resident Director, Scotland
Living in France as an undergrad, and even moving from Ireland to live in Scotland, have shaped Ruth as an international educator. These experiences have enhanced her sense of understanding and compassion for others and instilled a desire to help students reach their individual goals.
Director, London Global Flagship
Andrew credits his study abroad in England as being the best decision of his life - an adventure that remains as fascinating today as his day of arrival, Oct. 1, 1998. Outside of his deep exploration of the UK, Andrew is an intrepid traveler, noting Greece, Scandinavia, and the Scottish Hebrides as absolute favorites.
Resident Director, Peru
Panama was the destination of Danny’s first international travel, and for working or vacations he has traveled through North, Central and South America, as well as the UK, Spain, France and Denmark. He is always willing to share anecdotes about his visits to Senegal, Ghana, and South Africa while working for an international NGO.
Regional Director, Asia & Pacific
Christi is from Canada, lived in the United Kingdom and has traveled throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific. Moving to the UK to teach secondary school was life changing for her. The joy of exploring a new country, finding new community and embracing a new culture, made her realize that this was something she wanted to help others experience.
Director for India Programs, Resident Director, Pune, India
A road side newspaper vendor in Mumbai asked me once, “Madam, what do you do? Who are these people?” I told him I work for a study abroad program and these are American students. He said, “I observe for last two years that your students are very well dressed. They follow our cultural norms! Not like other foreigners!” I was so pleasantly surprised and very happy about our orientation for students! I knew I should be doing what I do!
Associate Director, Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE)
Tilak has traveled to India, the Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates.
Resident Director, Ireland
Maria spent five years travelling and working in eight countries in her early 20s. The experience of living far from home, without roots or loved-ones, taught her how important it is to make local connections and to understand local culture.
Director for China Programs
I have always wanted to visit countries that have a long tradition but with distinctive culture and lifestyle different from my home. I am particularly impressed by the EU countries, their histories, their vast and varying geography and demographies, ongoing changes and complexities triggered by interactions of global and local forces, as well as the efforts by individual countries like Spain to reinvigorate itself in the new world economy. It offers me critical angles of examining and reflecting our own journey of societal and cultural evolution, and the key values China programs can bring to our students.
Resident Director, New Zealand Programs
My interest in international education started with a six-week summer job that turned into a 15+ year career. My job was to welcome new students to the university. I was also part of a buddy program for new international students and one of the very first students I met was from the U.S., and with whom I still good friends. Being exposed to so many people embarking on their study abroad experience, I was inspired to continue in the international education field while traveling and living in London, UK. I feel very fortunate to be in a profession I am so passionate about.
Resident Director, Argentina
Patricio lived in Columbia for three years after finishing high school and he’s an avid traveler. He has already visited 25 countries and, in the last few years, he fell in love with Asia (nine countries visited so far, most of them twice). This February, he visited India, Bhutan, and Myanmar for the first time and he’s willing to repeat the three destinations.
Resident Director, Barcelona, Spain
When I started studying languages I never imagined that by this point in my life I would have lived in five different countries and traveled to more than 25 countries. Travel keeps me alive and teaches me new things all the time.
Resident Director, Costa Rica
As an undergraduate, Rodney participated in a faculty-led program conducted by the Worcester State Department of Foreign Languages where he traveled to Paris, France to immerse in the French culture. This trip helped him decide to work in the field of international education. Has visited more than 40 countries since that trip to France.
Senior Resident Director, Cambridge, Oxford, and Wales Programs
Andrew’s passion for international study was cultivated during his year abroad in the South of France during his undergraduate degree and he thoroughly enjoys helping students get the most out of their own study abroad experiences.
Resident Director, Prague
Jana’s first study abroad experience was in her senior high school year when she went to California to spend a year living in a host family, and studying at Placer High School. Jana soon realized the experience was only a beginning of a lifetime of exploration, challenges, and rewards of an international life. It is never late for travel but, as an educator, Jana believes that late high school and early college experiences abroad that are semi-structured (e.g. with an educational program and a relevant focus) are crucially formative and effective in developing important skills, influencing your view of life, and the choices you make in the future.

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