MSW – Clinical Behavioral Health, University of Maryland School of Social Work
B.A. – International Relations & Spanish, Beloit College
Anna’s interest in cross-cultural engagement began in high school, when she participated in The Experiment in International Living in Costa Rica and Morocco. Immersing herself in host communities and forging bonds with homestay families instilled in her the values of humility and empathy and ignited her passion to explore the multifaceted dimensions of social ecology and landscapes.
During college, Anna studied abroad for two semesters in Valparaiso, Chile, where she delved into Pre-Colombian history and literature, painted murals with revolutionary artists, and backpacked across Patagonia and the Andean highlands. Her education was further augmented by grants she received to conduct research on sustainable development, micro-finance, and human rights in Ghana, Peru, and India.
Upon graduation, Anna moved to Hyderabad, India for three years, first participating in a social enterprise fellowship and then working for an organization called Prajwala, which battles human trafficking. Deeply inspired by the women and children she met who had survived the unthinkable and emerged with hope, healing, and strength, Anna pursued her Master of Social Work degree and obtained her clinical license in Maryland, where she serves as a bilingual trauma therapist at a public high school.
During the summers, Anna has led experiential education programs to Mexico, Peru, and India through World Learning, and she is thrilled to return to Peru with Where There Be Dragons. She is a certified yoga instructor and Wilderness First Responder and finds her bliss ascending mountains, dancing salsa, and spending time with her husband and loved ones.