Born in 1983, I studied Business Administration for non-profit-organisations and public administraion with a focus on controlling/management accounting in Berlin, Germany. I've been working for the foundation Digitale Chancen as Financial Administrator since 2011.
I have volunteered for a foundation dealing with development asstistance in Ethopia for more than eight years and I also wrote my final thesis in this organisation. Because of that I had the opportunity to have a look on how aid projects in Africa work; at that time they had a strong focus on education.
I have experienced life in foreign countries for example in Greece, where I volunteered in a camp for homeless cats and dogs. I also went to New Zealand for a work and travel year. For me that was the first time that I had to adapt to a different culture and was forced to speak a different language than my mother tongue. It was a great time and it definitely boosted my interest in foreign cultures.
I'm very happy to be a member of the project team to go to Kenya and to be able to give the girls from KGSA a chance to improve their future options. I'm looking forward to our stay and to meet everybody.
I studied Anthropology and Literatures in English at the university of Göttingen until 2008. My Magister (Master) thesis was on The dynamics of Mexican-American self-perception in Pelican Bay State Prison, California. During my studies I encountered various fields of Anthropology and interned for several museum projects; I also helped with the cataloguing and arrangement of a private collection of African art.
I have spent a lot of time abroad, during a highschool exchange to Canada, a study abroad program at the University of California, San Diego and during several research trips to California and England. Thus, English has become almost a second mother tongue for me. But apart from English, I also enjoy learning other languages. During my studies I took classes in Sauk (Native American/Oklahoma) and Nahuatl (Aztec). And now I am preparing for the project with the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (KGSA) by learning a bit of Swahili.
The KGSA has amazed me from the start. I had already noticed how soccer can bring peoples around the world together, while volunteering at the Soccer Worldcup in Germany in 2006. That soccer was the reason to found a girl's school is wonderful and I am looking forward to my time at KGSA.
In addition to my interest in cultures around the world, I am a total bookworn and have thus decided to write a dissertation in the field of English literature. I am working as an assistant for the foundation Digitale Chancen, while finishing my dissertation.
Digital Opportunities Foundation
The goal of the Stiftung Digitale Chancen (Digital Opportunities Foundation) is to make people interested in the Internet and to support them with their steps into the digital world. We want them to become aware of the opportunities this digital medium offers and to make use of them.
Stiftung Digitale Chancen was founded in January 2002 in Berlin by AOL Germany and the University of Bremen. Co-founders are Accenture and the Burda Foundation. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth have taken on the patronage.