Isabela Arena Secanechia

Isabela is a multilingual young professional and International Development MA candidate at Middlebury College. She is serving for a second year as a virtual intern for the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. As she believes education is the foundation of everything, her primary career goal is to promote development through education in an international environment, specifically with underserved communities. Growing up as a Brazilian immigrant in a low-income Philadelphia suburb profoundly shaped Isabela’s curiosity and compassion for the world and its people. In 2017, she graduated from Arcadia University with a Bachelor’s in Italian and International Studies. Her final thesis was about the Italian refugee reception system. Her professional experiences include teaching English abroad, and working as an education officer at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. She completed business fundamentals certification through Harvard Business School, with the goal of better understanding social entrepreneurship. Isabela is a travel addict, having visited 20 countries. She has lived, studied, and worked in Brazil, the USA, England, Italy, France, and the Dominican Republic. Her other hobbies include teaching yoga, enjoying specialty coffee, cooking plant-based meals, and exploring conscious fashion.

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