Julia LaFleur

Age: 31
Home Town: Elyria, Ohio
Education: BBA in Business Management - University of Notre Dame, MA in Sustainable International Development - Brandeis University
Specific Field Interests: Sustainable solutions for energy poverty, Capacity building, Health and Education, Tourism and Development
Placement: SwitchON - ONergy (Kolkata, West Bengal)
Area of Focus: Social Enterprise

Highlights: Concurrent with her fellowship, Julie is completing the 2nd year of her Master's degree program at Brandeis University in Sustainable International Development. Inspired by the novel Shantaram, Julie's passion for service in India began in 2011 when she served on multiple short term teams to support initiatives in rural southern India. There she helped support community initiatives and capacity building through micro-enterprise efforts with women and teaching English at a local school in rural Tamil Nadu. Prior to that, Julie served in the US Navy in Reactor department on the aircraft carrier, USS George Washington, and in Combat Systems department on the cruiser, USS Bunker Hill. She also taught and trained future Naval officers at the University of Notre Dame's ROTC program. Julie's service to her country and extensive travel abroad have shaped her into a global citizen with the desire to pursue a life of service to others. Through this fellowship, Julie hopes to help provide rural electrification solutions in order to alleviate energy poverty in West Bengal, India.

Exposed to CHAI in Darjeeling

CHAI = Community Health Advancement Initiative (a local NGO)
AND
chai = tea
Both are amazing.  But back to the point…
One of the many perks of this fellowship is

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