Lauren hails from Chicago, IL and loves facilitating outdoors and overseas where curriculum and teachable moments are infinite. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Social Studies Education and Sociology. She also completed the INVST (International-national voluntary service training) Community Leadership Program where she gained Americorps credit in college for social justice and sustainability work. Lauren sailed on Semester at Sea during the spring of 2002 where she discovered her passion for international exploration while traveling to ten countries around the globe.
Lauren has spent many of her years working for university international education programs and was lucky enough to be the student affairs manager in Bhutan for the School for Field Studies last summer. She has facilitated gap year semesters for Carpe Diem Education in East Africa and India where students traveled around a region earning university credit while completing language training, service learning projects, internships, homestays, adventure experiences and other experiential activities. She also led international semesters for Youth International and Leap Now in Southeast Asia and South America.
Lauren spent two of the greatest years of her life teaching world history in Egypt at Misr American College in Cairo. She was able to explore Egypt’s ancient sites extensively and developed a true passion for scuba diving. After her two-year contract at the international school she went on to work as a divemaster on the Sinai peninsula.
The following spring, Lauren earned a scholarship to attend the 8th International Sabeel Conference in Bethlehem. She traveled around Israel and Palestine with political, academic and religious leaders studying peace and social justice issues throughout the holy land. This experience was so profound that she decided to stay (and live in a cave) on a Permaculture farm, Bustan Qaraqaa in the West Bank. That spring was spent working with villagers on sustainable agriculture and building Aqua ponics systems. She also volunteered at an outdoor education center, Paidia for Palestinian youth. During the summer of 2013, Lauren facilitated a professional development course for Middle Eastern and South Asian teachers for Seeds of Peace. This course was focused on how to teach social studies and historical awareness while living in a conflict region.
Lauren speaks moderate Egyptian Arabic and Spanish and is always amazed at the insight and wisdom that can be learned overseas and in the wilderness. Overall, she aims to mentor and educate in a way that pushes people forward on the track of becoming more personally and globally aware.