Christine Garcia

Age: 23
Home Town: Phoenix, AZ
Education: B.A. Government, Dartmouth College
Specific Field Interests: Political and Economic Development, Organizational Capacity Building, Education Policy
Placement: Central Square Foundation, New Delhi
Area of Focus: Education

Highlights: Christine Garcia loves to use data-driven analysis to explore the way that NGOs and public policy can reduce poverty, increase human capital, and improve people's lives. She first became interested in development during her sophomore year in college, when she spent five months living in a shantytown in Peru. While there, she worked for the Light and Leadership Initiative, an educational nonprofit where she created math and chess programs for children. In the next two years, she furthered her love of travel and learning by studying International Relations at the London School of Economics, Gender Studies and Social Movements at the University of Hyderabad in India, and doing research on the UN's Millennium Development Goals at the Institute for Conscious Global Change. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a Government major and Mathematics minor, she moved to Shanghai to teach AP Calculus while volunteering in capacity-building roles at several Shanghai NGOs.

Teaching India’s Teachers

I’ve worked in educational reform and development in the past, looking at inputs or workarounds to current educational systems. I’ve examined how to improve existing schools with technology, visual aids,

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Life in the Present

Seven months ago, I was scared of the future. I had just left a secured job with no future job or plans in sight. Mentally, I knew I was doing

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