Yassi J. Tamdji used study abroad as a springboard for her career, but she was invested in nonprofit work long before she arrived at Georgetown. On her way to becoming her high school’s valedictorian, she worked with issues related to equal access to clean drinking water, Darfur, and peacebuilding initiatives through Global Kids, which helped earn her the GE Greatest Generation Scholarship to attend Georgetown. Also a part of the Georgetown Scholarship Program (GSP) and Community Scholars Program, she enrolled in the School of Foreign Service to study International Politics and African Studies. While at Georgetown she used the resources and opportunities at the Office of Global Education to attend the CIEE program in Cape Town, South Africa through the IIPP (Institute for International Public Policy) Fellowship.  Abroad, she had the transformative experience of volunteering with a debate league for South African township youth. After graduating from Georgetown, she returned to South Africa through the Princeton in Africa program and worked to give underserved youth access to high quality education. Last summer, she was an adult participant at the American Youth Leadership Program to Bosnia and Herzegovina. She continues to work in the nonprofit sector to this day. Not only has her work made a deep, lasting impact, it has also fueled her own personal growth as a leader. Read Yassi’s story here!

"I am extremely grateful to the Office of Global Education and especially to Dr. Jason Sanderson, my regional advisor.  He was a consistent and supportive presence through my study abroad application process.  Moreover, he enabled me to return to the country that I studied abroad in by exposing me to post-graduate opportunities abroad - truly an opportunity of a lifetime!.  Thank you OGE!"

-Yassi