“Auntie, may I have some water?”
Each day, empty 2 litter bottles exchange hands from me to my landlord. A smile stretches across her face while I await the
Home Town: Clinton, Connecticut
Specific Field Interests: Sustainable Development, Political Ecology of Disease
Placement: MANSI, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Area of Focus: Public Health
Highlights: Tsering was born in Tibet and raised in a Tibetan Refugee school in India before immigrating to the United States. She studied international relations, focusing on environmental sustainability and global health, and minored in biology from American University. She created and co-led her university’s month-long study-service program to Tibetan Refugee settlements in Northern India to study the impacts of political identity on the social health of the refugees. Originally intending to pursue a medical education, her volunteer experiences abroad in the hospitals of the Philippines and India inspired her passion for global health and the political ecology of disease. Prior to joining the AIF Clinton Fellowship, Tsering worked as a laboratory associate at Yale New Haven Hospital and interned at an international development NGO. In her free time, Tsering enjoys drawing, traveling, learning new languages and exploring new cultures.