Jessica Meckler

Age: 25
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Education: BA in Asian Studies and English from Temple University; MA Candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (concentrations in economics development and NGO management)
Specific Field Interests: Education, Economic Development, Sustainable Development
Placement: Akanksha Foundation, Pune, Maharashtra
Area of Focus: Education

Highlights: Jessica is a current Master's candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where she focuses on economic development and NGO management. Jessica began her career as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in South Korea, where she taught 800 students per semester, designed curriculums for 10th and 11th grades, established an English program for disabled students, and mentored North Korean defectors living in Seoul. After returning to the United States, Jessica worked at the Nationalities Service Center, a refugee resettlement agency in Philadelphia, assisting their employment and human trafficking departments. She served at the Refugee Advancement Mentoring Program, which is designed to match highly trained refugees with American professionals who could help them transition into the workforce in Philadelphia. Simultaneously, Jessica also worked with victims of human trafficking as they readjusted to regular employment and participated in citywide efforts to promote anti-trafficking legislation. Most recently, Jessica worked with BRAC's Social Innovation Lab.

An Akanksha Campout

The mini bus turned off the highway and began to putter down a single lane dirt road, jostling my colleagues and I back and forth in our seats. Motion sickness

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A New Normal

The weeks have deceptively snuck away. October’s Diwali celebrations came, followed by November birthday surprises in Pune and a phenomenal Thanksgiving weekend organized by the AIF Mumbai crew. Christmas adventures

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New Kid on the Block

We all know it.
It’s hard to be the new kid on the block.
It’s hard to be the one no one knows. The one who doesn’t know where to

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