Laura recently moved to Tokyo to pursue her graduate degree in Global Studies. She previously graduated with majors in English, Global Studies, and Japanese, with a minor in Spanish, as well as cum laude with honors distinction in English. As part of the elite English Honors Program, she worked on a year-long thesis project that explored racial identity construction within the African diaspora. Following graduation she worked for The International Rescue Committee, a large nonprofit organization, helping refugees resettle and become self-sufficient in Arizona. She has extensive experience volunteering in community service, serving as a family mentor for refugee families, and spending two months teaching at a children’s home in Kenya. While in Kenya, Laura was inspired by the selfless devotion of her colleagues and endeavored to raise funding to supplement the income of local teachers. Her passion for immersive travel has led her to explore Thailand, Egypt, Spain, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Cuba, among others. She has led programs in both Costa Rica and Japan through Putney Student Travel; most recently as Director of Service Costa Rica. In addition to Putney, Laura also works as a seasonal tour guide for middle school and high school trips in the United States. She is fluent in Spanish and is proficient in Japanese and Portuguese.