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Tarah Waters '12

Tarah Waters '12 spent her junior year studying abroad at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and returned to the continent after graduation, serving two years in the Peace Corps as a youth development worker in Morocco.

Waters' responsibilities included teaching English, running spring and summer camps and organizing clubs to develop young people's expertise in volunteerism, gender relations, leadership, life skills, healthy lifestyles and the environment. "One of my main focuses while in Morocco was to work with women and young girls," she said. "My projects included coaching women's sports and starting an international pen pal program, as well as various health and life enrichment programs."

Waters learned a great deal about the Moroccan people and culture while in the Peace Corps. "I was a representative of the United States and had to hold myself to a certain level of professionalism by respecting the people I met and the new ways of life I encountered," she said. "In turn, I taught my new community about the American way of life in a manner that was not imposing, but rather enlightening, so that a strong cultural exchange could occur."

After completing her service, Waters traveled to Peru and Colombia, toured the U.S. East Coast, visited family, hiked, camped and attended concerts. She and her father then took a cross-country road trip to Maine, where she began a new position as an Island Institute fellow in Eastport. "I work as a member of the Eastport Arts Center, developing lifelong learning initiatives for the local schools, an internship program for high school seniors and am helping to plan a community-based makerspace," she said.

Waters' future plans include pursuing a graduate degree, living in Turkey, returning to Colombia to spend more time with her sister and traveling across Southeast Asia with her girlfriend.