Every year, a group of talented individuals from around the world join the Village to provide specialized skill sets and serve as ‘cousins’ in an ASYV family.
International Visitors Coordinator
Originally hailing from the Washington, D.C., area, Rachel graduated in 2017 from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she studied Geography, Psychology, and Urban Studies. Rachel is a public transportation enthusiast and her work interning with Metro Transit, the public transportation provider in the Twin Cities, sparked her interest in the intersections of urban planning and social justice. Throughout college, Rachel was involved in the African Music Ensemble and worked as a volunteer coordinator at her school's Civic Engagement Center, where she connected students with volunteer opportunities in the community. She also volunteered with several different community organizations, including working with immigrant and refugee communities in the Twin Cities. During her junior year, Rachel studied abroad in Argentina, Senegal, and Vietnam, where she learned about social justice and urban planning. In her free time, Rachel can be found people-watching, biking, and exploring different neighborhoods wherever she happens to be. Other interests include thinking of puns, trying new foods, and reading about cities. Rachel is very excited to spend the year at ASYV and is looking forward to new experiences and discovering new interests.
Public Health Fellow
Hannah is originally from Armonk, NY, but spent the last four years at the University of Rochester studying Psychology, Public Health, Legal Studies and Brain and Cognitive Science. During college, Hannah developed a love for global health while conducting a three-week anthropological study on gender roles in Malawi. She also studied public health infrastructure, human trafficking, and genocide at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. During her time in Rochester, Hannah served as Vice President of Community Service for her sorority, Program Chair of her graduating class, president of her pro-Israel club, and president of UR Survivor Empowerment Group. Outside of campus, she volunteered and interned for several youth-focused organizations dealing with childhood trauma, including the Bivona Child Advocacy Center, Rochester Academy of Medicine, Monroe County Family and Criminal Court, and the Mt. Hope Family Center. Hannah also spends summers as a staff member at Camp Tel Yehudah, serving as a counselor to high school age teens, a lifeguard, and, most recently, a unit head for the oldest age group. Prior to attending college, Hannah served on Young Judaea’s National Teen Board as the high school age programmer for events and conventions, and also attended the Young Judaea Year Course gap year program in Israel. Hannah is extremely excited to start her role as the Public Health fellow, and to explore more of Africa, as well!
MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Assessment, and Learning) Fellow
Originally from the Greater Phoenix Area, Sage graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science. Passionate about exploring different languages and cultures, Sage spent her junior year abroad in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates, and participated in an intensive Arabic language program in Meknes, Morocco. In the winter of 2016, Sage completed an internship in Bangkok, Thailand, working with a local nonprofit to research the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in sex workers and the government's response to the crisis through a feminist lens. These experiences made Sage passionate about issues pertaining to restorative and transitional justice, which she hopes to pursue academically upon completing her fellowship at ASYV. Sage is an alumna of Camp Alonim in Brandeis, California, and BBYO. Living in Northern Arizona for nearly four years has turned Sage into a lover of the outdoors. She is likely to be spotted creek-side in Sedona during the summer, and on the slopes of the San Francisco peaks in the winter.
English and Career Development Fellow
Mary is excited to continue her work in community education and empowerment as a second-year Fellow at ASYV. She started meeting members of the East African refugee community in Columbia, Missouri, six years ago and enjoyed her time making memories with them and learning more about life outside of the United States. She started her work in Rwanda as an English instructor at a women’s cooperative just four months prior to accepting her position with ASYV. She is happy to work in a position that combines all of her past professional experiences in planning and administering community based programs, performing community outreach and education, as well as using strengths-based case management to empower families. Mary feels blessed by all the opportunities she has received in life so far, and is filled with hope that she can also help others find success, as well.
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Photography and Videography Fellow
Ann is a photographer, videographer, and all-around storyteller. Born and raised in Chicago, Ann is a recent graduate of Boston University with a B.S. in Journalism, with a visual concentration, and a B.A. in Global Conflict and Resolution. She has freelanced for various publications, served as a teaching assistant for a photography class, and worked as the multimedia intern at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Office of Engineering Outreach Programs, a nonprofit that helps underserved youth to pursue STEM opportunities at MIT free of charge. She cultivated a love for using visual storytelling to make a difference in the lives of those affected by uncontrollable situations. Afterwards, Ann spent a month on Lesvos, Greece, doing visual/social media/general volunteering work for Emergency Response Centre International (ERCI), an NGO working with refugees. Ann is half-Japanese and half-American, and her mixed background has taught her the importance of interacting and intermingling with different peoples and cultures. Ann has an affinity towards unplanned adventures, window seats, a strong cup of coffee or tea, and the bonding nature of food.
English Enrichment & ESL Fellow
Kynama originated from Oakland, California. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and is a certified TESOL instructor. In her late teens, Kynama began playing guitar and working at concerts. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music career, while working in marketing and promotions for Warner Bros. Records. For fifteen years she has been actively involved in animal welfare, serving on a Board of Directors, co-founding an advocacy organization, and working in fundraising and grant writing. She moved to Austin, Texas, eleven years ago to join the Humane Society as Shelter Director. Foremost, she fulfilled a life dream of going to Africa by embarking on a solo trip to Tanzania and Kenya. Since then, she has gone back to visit, followed by volunteering for a micro-lending program in Ghana. After her visit to Ghana, she began volunteering her time to teach, tutor and mentor newly arrived refugees in the United States. In 2017, she left everything behind to find her dream job in Africa. She taught for three months in Botswana, followed by a month in Uganda. Her passions are music, nature, animals, traveling, diving, and helping others.
Calum was born and raised in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, and moved to Bristol for university, where he studied Geography, focusing on water security and environmental management in the Global South. Prior to graduation, he spent nine months living and working in East Africa for the Institute of Environment and Water Management. During his placement, Calum worked alongside NGO’s, government departments and private companies to advocate for gender-inclusive climate change policies and develop community-based adaption programs. Calum also undertook his own research project into Nairobi, Kenya’s urban agriculture initiatives and their influence on food security and ethnic unity. During his final year of study, Calum engaged younger students with higher education, environmental issues and cross-cultural learning by visiting schools, sitting on panels at career development workshops and speaking at student conferences. It wasn’t long after graduation that he was back to work with the university, developing its global water security projects, editing papers for publication and helping to get students out of their comfort zone and into the big wide world to further their learning. Calum enjoys playing drums and percussion with friends and family, gardening, permaculture, rugby, yoga and crunchy peanut butter.
Noah is full of glowing excitement for his time as an ASYV Fellow, and he looks forward to a year of learning, growing, and community building. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Oregon, where he served as the Director of the Jewish Student Union and the Chairperson of the Programs Finance Committee. After graduating, Noah returned to San Francisco to work as an intern for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, then as a grants support specialist for the Office of Head Start. He also worked as a Sea Kayak guide on the San Francisco Bay. In 2015, Noah packed all of his possessions into his van and drove to New York City, where he worked as the Development and Alumni Associate for URJ Kutz Camp. He also served as the Youth Advisor at the Community Synagogue in Rye, New York. He is currently an Adamah Farming Fellow at Isabella Freedman in Falls Village, Connecticut, where he has learned how to integrate Jewish spirituality into sustainable farming practices.