Tess Romanski

Age: 26
Home Town: Monona, Wisconsin
Education: B.A. in Political Science, Economics and Environmental Studies (Luther College)
Specific Field Interests: Sustainable Food Production
Placement: Kattaikkuttu Sangam, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu
Area of Focus: Education

Highlights: Tessa grew up in Wisconsin and graduated with a degree in Political Science and minors in Environmental Studies and Economics from Luther College in Iowa. After studying sustainable international development at the University of Oslo International Summer School, she returned to Iowa to give back to her community by serving as a FoodCorps member and then as Youth Education Coordinator at a local non-profit. Tessa has spent five years in the Cedar Rapids community, working with youth aged preschool through high school to create a love of growing and eating healthy food. She has also worked with teachers in the school district to implement nutrition and garden lessons into the curriculum, reaching those students who learn best through alternate, hands-on activities. In her free time, Tessa is a voracious reader and loves experimenting with new vegan cooking recipes. She is excited to take her experiences of outdoor education into a new setting in southern India.

Posts by Tess Romanski

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Finding Family in Unexpected Places

When I found out I was accepted to the AIF Clinton Fellowship last year, I […]

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Cooking Southern Indian Food in Iowa

*Warning- this post may make you hungry* One of my favorite things about my time […]

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The Sweeter Side of Life: Jaggery Production in Tamil Nadu

Serving in South India, I was warned constantly about the relentless summer heat. Because my […]

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Savings Seeds, Saving the Planet

As an unabashed garden enthusiast, I am extremely passionate about topics that are not exactly […]

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The Challenge of College Admissions in Rural India

Going into the AIF Clinton Fellowship, I knew that many of my preconceived notions would […]

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The Case for Mulch: Growing in Understanding New Perspectives

Mulch. It’s probably not the most exciting topic of conversation, and most people don’t spend […]

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Community Building during Diwali: Hospitality and Kindness in South India

When I originally decided that I would both live and work on-site at my host […]

Garden plot
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Feet on Fire: My Life in the Garden

Out of all the surprises that have come with my first month of service in […]

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