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Fighting world hunger
Emily Keast ’15 will head to Ethiopia with the Peace Corps in January to implement sustainable farming methods and improve food scarcity in this east African country.
The De Pere, Wisconsin, native credits her study abroad in Botswana with helping her land this important opportunity as an agriculture/environment extension specialist with the Peace Corps. Unlike most college study-abroad programs, Lake Forest students can study and do internships abroad, regardless of their major.
“While I was in Botswana, I had an internship with an environmental NGO (non-governmental organization) that focused on sustainable farming and community trust groups,” the Forester women’s soccer player said.“I visited the groups, examined their farms and business practices, and wrote grants.”
Keast will do that—and more—when she returns to Africa.
“I’ll also develop environmental education programs for schools in the area, direct an environmental camp, build HIV and AIDS awareness throughout my community, and coach a soccer team on the side,” she said.
These experiences “will be a good start to my career in international development,” the double-major in economics and environmental studies said. At Lake Forest, Keast minored in politics, got involved in social justice organizations, and was named a member of the Class of 2015 Senior 25.
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