#myCIEEstory: Katrina Boratko

Katrina Boratko is an alum of CIEE Study Abroad in Senegal and Teach Abroad in Thailand. She shared the story of how her CIEE programs have had an impact on her life:

  1. Hi, I’m Katrina (far right!), an alum of @cieestudyabroad in Senegal – today I’m taking over the CIEE alumni instagram to share how #MyCIEEStory changed the course of my studies, my career and my life! I arrived in Senegal with very little travel experience under my belt, and at first everything seemed so overwhelmingly different; the people, the religion, the food and language. Fortunately I lived with a huge, wonderful host family who were very patient with my child-like French and taught me about their customs and culture, and slowly I began to get used to my new surroundings.
    Hi, I’m Katrina (far right!), an alum of @cieestudyabroad in Senegal – today I’m taking over the CIEE alumni instagram to share how #MyCIEEStory changed the course of my studies, my career and my life! I arrived in Senegal with very little travel experience under my belt, and at first everything seemed so overwhelmingly different; the people, the religion, the food and language. Fortunately I lived with a huge, wonderful host family who were very patient with my child-like French and taught me about their customs and culture, and slowly I began to get used to my new surroundings.
  2. "While studying abroad I traveled all over Senegal and Mali; from Goree (above), a beautiful island with a dark history, to the Great Mosque of Djenne, the largest mud-built structure in the world. I volunteered with 10,000 Girls, a local CBO that promotes rural girls’ education and employment. My experience working with these incredibly intelligent, driven girls made me realize how much potential is out there - it just needs to be tapped through access to resources. My time in Senegal opened my eyes to a whole new world and I met the kindest, boldest and most inspiring people. When I returned to California I changed my major and began to pursue my career in international development."
  3. After finishing my undergrad I was searching for an opportunity to jump start my career in international development and I found Mama Hope! Mama Hope is a San-Francisco based organization that works with local visionaries in Africa to build community-initiated sustainable projects - everything from clean water and agriculture projects to schools, children’s centers and health clinics. I joined #MamaHope as a #GlobalAdvocate fellow, and spent three months working with a community in Western Kenya to build a Rescue Center for children affected by HIV/AIDS. Now, I mentor Global Advocates who are making a real impact in communities across Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania and Guatemala. #MyCIEEstory led me on a path of impact, adventure and self-discovery.
    After finishing my undergrad I was searching for an opportunity to jump start my career in international development and I found Mama Hope! Mama Hope is a San-Francisco based organization that works with local visionaries in Africa to build community-initiated sustainable projects - everything from clean water and agriculture projects to schools, children’s centers and health clinics. I joined #MamaHope as a #GlobalAdvocate fellow, and spent three months working with a community in Western Kenya to build a Rescue Center for children affected by HIV/AIDS. Now, I mentor Global Advocates who are making a real impact in communities across Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania and Guatemala. #MyCIEEstory led me on a path of impact, adventure and self-discovery.
  4. "My CIEE programs led me on a path of impact, adventure, and self-discovery. Where will yours lead you?"


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