Name: Rachel Warren
Location: Boca Raton, Florida
Position: Political Affairs Intern

Fundraising Goal: $1,000

How did you get interested in global issues?
When I was five-years-old, my mom took me to get a haircut. At some point during the process, the hairdresser asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I confidently stated, “The President of the United States.”

From a young age, I have always had a passion for politics, and this interest was rooted in international affairs. More than anything, I have to say this was influenced by TV shows. I religiously watched series like Covert Affairs, Homeland, and Madam Secretary. However, this entertainment turned into an academic interest as I read numerous books and tuned into CNN and NPR, always looking for titles that encapsulated what was going on around the globe. I found domestic issues to be dull, but was fascinated by global relationships.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
Riding through India, in the third class section of the train, I was acquainted with a world far, far away from Boca Raton, Florida. I was neighbored by a mother shepherding 5 children smeared with dirt, and an old man wearing tattered clothing. But, these fellow travelers were wealthy compared to the scene I witnessed outside. Through the window I was pressed against, I saw hoards people besides the train tracks carrying all of their belongings in a sack. As the train chugged on, we passed shanty towns, where I observed multitudes of people living in absolute squalor in tents or on the roofs of buildings.

Witnessing this poverty first hand transformed my life mission. I vowed there to spend my life helping those who deserve a better life. On subsequent mission trips to Haiti, Botswana, and the struggling neighborhoods within my own community, my passion for improving the lives of others has been reinforced. I believe all world citizens have a duty to help those who share the earth with us.

Though there are a multitude of ways to serve the world’s poor, I have found that The Borgen Project takes the most sustainable and big picture approach to poverty reduction. Through influencing policy makers to support bills that make it US policy to help the world’s poor, The Borgen Project ensures that the world’s poor receive long term effective and sustainable aid. I am spending my summer interning for The Borgen Project because I cannot think of a better way to use my political knowledge to feed my passion for helping others.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
Fishing, traveling, eating anything and everything, hiking, attempting to paint

 

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