B.A in International Development with a focus on Africa
Minors in French and Black Studies; Summa cum laude
Laura’s passion for traveling and working abroad started when she was a student on Dragon’s first ever West Africa Gap Year semester program in 2008. Her experiences in Senegal, along with her fellow students and amazing instructors inspired her to continue exploring, and travels took her to India to teach English, Australia and New Zealand for research, Central America for study abroad, and other places around the world.
Graduating from Portland State University with a degree in International Development, Laura returned to West Africa in the summer of 2014, working in Ghana with Global Leadership Adventures to facilitate summer programs for high school students traveling and volunteering in Africa. Laura worked with GLA in Tanzania in 2015 as well, continuing to be inspired by the passion and dynamism of her students, peers, and people met along the way. Laura is fluent in French and is excited to share her enthusiasm, passion, and experiences with future students on the West Africa Semester program, coming full circle eight years later.
Currently based in Juneau, Alaska, Laura teaches outdoor education and is helping to open Juneau’s second brewery. She spends her spare time playing guitar, hiking, biking, backpacking, and camping with her dog Boots.