Bio: Jeff was born in Virginia on December 6, 1996, to a Korean mother and an American father. He did not speak Korean growing up, but he traveled to South Korea from 2017-2018 through a University of Iowa study abroad program where he studied Korean history and language at Ewha Woman's University. He is currently planning on a long term career in United States Foreign Service. Destination and Assignment: South Korea. English Teaching Assistant
Bio: Alex will graduate in May 2019 with a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish alongside a minor in Arabic. Originally from about two miles outside Maysville in the Quad Cities area, he studied abroad in Cochabamba, Bolivia in Fall 2018 and went on to become the Outreach Director of Spectrum UI and Director of Justice and Equity in the executive cabinet of the University of Iowa Student Government. He is very excited to embark on what he hopes to be the start of a long career in Colombia and Neighboring countries. Destination and Assignment: Colombia, English Teaching Assistant
Bio: Alexa Frank is a MFA candidate in creative writing (fiction) at the Iowa Writers Workshop. She grew up in the suburbs of New York city and attended Bard College as an undergraduate. Alexa is the current fiction editor of The Iowa Review and a creative writing instructor at the University of Iowa. In her free time, she tries to catch up on reading, TV and sleep. Destination and assignment: Tokyo, Japan. Research. Alexa will research canonical and contemporary depictions of mental illness in Japanese literature in support of a novel in progress.
Bio: Michael is a third year Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Health student at the University of Iowa. He completed his undergraduate education in Guayama, Puerto Rico where he calls home. He aspires to work with underserved populations in the field of infectious diseases. Michael is bilingual in English and Spanish, he enjoys cooking, listening to music, taking pictures, and exploring new places. Destination and assignment: Romania. Research. Michael's research will involve working with pharmacists to help improve the health and care of patients living with HIV/AIDS.
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