My name is Rachel K. and I graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Spanish. My love for Latin American culture, Spanish, public service, and adventure has led me to work in Nicaragua. I currently hold a 13-month Program Director position with the nonprofit organization Manna Project International (MPI) in the capital city of Managua. For the past six months, I have been teaching classes in beginner and intermediate English, Adolescent Health, and Youth Medical Careers in the communities of Cedro Galán and Chiquilistagua. In addition, I participate in a Child Sponsorship and Nutrition program in Villa Guadalupe, a housing project designed to shelter former inhabitants of Central America’s largest trash dump. As a whole, MPI’s work has benefited 3,930 community members. The close bonds I have formed with the local population, the satisfaction I have felt in helping others, and the ability to travel throughout Nicaragua are what make my experience with MPI so incredible.
The Live Like Ally Foundation has aided me in continuing my work abroad, but has given me so much more than financial support. The sense of warmth within the foundation and the continuation of Ally’s extraordinary compassion, open-mindedness, and spirit abroad are what make me proud to be a part of the LLA family. I look forward to honoring Ally by carrying her memory with me in my future work and travels!