Zac Hamlin has a BA in Global Affairs & Spanish from George Mason University. After graduation, he went to Brazil to do volunteer work for six months but soon fell in love with the country and made it his home for the last eight years. As an advocate for social change, he founded a volunteer agency, JIVE, that took care of and placed foreign volunteers from around the world in skill-specific projects that matched their abilities and interests. He worked closely with around 15 NGOs operating in marginalized neighborhoods in the city of Rio de Janeiro, in areas such as health promotion, construction of houses, sports, English lessons, and childcare. He is excited to return to the United States to pursue his MA in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies and deepen his knowledge of the region.
What’s on your bucket list when you get to DC?
It’s been a while since I’ve lived in the US, so I want to enjoy reconnecting with old friends and family that are in the area.
Is there anything about moving to DC/starting grad school that you’re nervous about?
I have been out of school for a while, so I was nervous about going back. I was worried that the workload would be too much and it would be hard to get into the routine of studying and working simultaneously.
What are you looking forward to about starting your MA program?
I’m excited to meet the faculty and other students in my program. I hope to learn more about Latin America through their own experiences in the region.
What 3 words would your friends use to describe you?
Attentive, inquisitive and driven
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