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Want to talk to a student who participated in an Alliance program?

Our Alumni Ambassadors are here to help!  Hailing from various colleges and universities around the country, these students volunteered to spread the word about the tangible and intangible benefits of study abroad – and the unique experience provided by Alliance programs!

Tessa Ahner-Mchaffie

Global and Public Health - Manipal, India
George Washington University - Public Health Major

Hello! I am Tessa, a senior studying public health at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. I spent the spring semester of my junior year in India on the Alliance program for public health in Manipal. My semester in India helped me decide to work in global health after I graduate. The many different field visits we participated in broadened my view of both the reality of many health systems in developing countries as well as the change dedicated people in any community can make.  I look forward to sharing these experiences with others this semester!

Maria Esposito

Global and Public Health - Manipal, India
American University -

My name is Maria Esposito and I am from Long Island, NY. I am a new ambassador this semester. Currently, I am a junior studying Public Health at American University. I studied abroad last semester in India at Manipal University. And since returning, I am missing it a lot. The most impactful moments for me while abroad was volunteering and being able to conduct my own research project. I am excited to meet all of you!

Rachael Siegel-Berele

Global and Public Health - Manipal, India
Elon University - Human Services Major

Hello! My name is Rachael and I am a Human services major and public health and psychology minors from Elon University! I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and hope to one day be an occupational therapist, if my childhood dream of being a cartoon falls through. I studied abroad at Manipal University in India and miss it more and more with every day.

Victoria Hirsch

Global and Public Health - Manipal, India
University of Alabama Birmingham - Psychology Major

Hi! I am a Psychology student at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. I studied at Manipal University during the Fall semester of 2014. It was truly a wonderful experience for me and led to lots of brain expansion for sure. I believe that spending time abroad helps to eliminate ignorance and encourages open mindness. As far as I can tell, no other American based study abroad program facilitates that experience better than The Alliance. This is why I am excited to be an Alumni Ambassador so that I can help future students wanting to study abroad plan their trip the best way possible and be prepared for the new semester.

Samantha Giffen

Global and Public Health - Manipal, India
University of Massachusetts Amherst - Public Health and Microbiology Major

Namaste! My name is Samantha Giffen, and I am currently a junior studying public health and microbiology as University of Massachusetts Amherst. I studied abroad in the Global and Public Health Program in Manipal India during Fall Semester 2014. This program taught me a lot about public health and gave me a better perspective in the idea of global health. I learned a lot from my Surveillance of Infectious Disease Class as well as my Ayurveda and Indian Traditions of Healing Class. I also participated in Directed Research in a Microbiology lab which I thought was a very valuable learning experience.

Danielle Richer

Global and Public Health - Manipal, India
Elon University - Psychology Major

Namaste! My name is Danielle Richer and I spent spring 2014 in Manipal, Karnataka, India. At my home school, Elon University, I study psychology and am pre-med. In India, I took classes in Public Health, Hindi and a Geopolitics class. My semester in India was one of the best experiences in my life so far. It was amazing to really get to know Manipal, from the academics to the students, but also getting to see and understand Southern India. I'm currently planning post graduation plans to go back!

Katie Chapin

Contemporary India - Pune, India
Bethel University - Anthropology Major

Namaskar! My name is Katie and I study Anthropology, Reconciliation Studies, and Philosophy at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. I spent Spring 2014 in Pune, India and couldn't have asked for a more rewarding experience! I was able to complete my internship there as well as take interesting classes on entrepreneurship and social justice. I even learned some Hindi along the way! I think studying in Asia is one of the smartest and most rewarding places to go for a semester abroad - there are countless cultures to learn from and a million things to see. I look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you may have about the India program - it will be the time of your life!

Leslie Weaver

Contemporary India - Pune, India
College of Wooster - Anthropology Major

Hi! I’m Leslie—a senior at the College of Wooster majoring in Anthropology and minoring in South Asian Studies.  I studied with the Alliance both Fall 2013 in Varanasi and Spring 2014 in Pune.  Spending nine months in India was one of the most rewarding experiences of my undergraduate career and I think everyone should have the chance to study abroad!  I am so excited to share my experience with other students and encourage others to create a wonderful study abroad experience for themselves.

Hilit Jacobson

Contemporary India - Pune, India
American University - Public Communication and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major

Namaskar! My name is Hilit Jacobson and I am an Atlanta native now living in DC. I am a Public Communication and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major at American University. I'd like call myself an advocate for adventure and taking risks which is the main reason I went to Pune, India last fall. I had a beautiful experience there that has shaped many parts of who I am and what I think about. I also love music and hole in the wall restaurants--two things that I definitely found in India.

Angela Graciano

Contemporary India - Pune, India
Franklin & Marshall College - Business and Public Health Major

Hi! My name is Angela and am a senior at Franklin & Marshall College pursuing a joint major in Business and Public Health. I was part of the Contemporary India (Pune, India) spring 2014 program. During my time in India I interned with an amazing organization, learned how to dance Kathak, and explored India’s diverse culture. Overall, studying abroad in India broadened my perspectives and helped me step out of my comfort zone.  As an ambassador, I look forward to sharing my experiences to those who want to embark on this amazing journey!


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