Emily Walsh – Baltimore, Maryland

Emily is a recent graduate of Syracuse University with a BA in International Relations. She is currently working as a public policy intern for the National Association of Community Health Centers in Washington D.C., an organization dedicated to expanding health care access for the medically underserved through community-based health centers. She has spent several months working in the federal and state affairs office on research and advocacy projects.

Emily is a seasoned traveler through various countries in East Africa, Western Europe and Latin America. Before starting college, she worked as a teacher’s aid and assisted at an orphanage for children with HIV/AIDS in the shanty town of Villa el Salvador, outside Lima, Peru. This experience and her international studies motivated an interest in public health that she hopes will lead to a career in epidemiology, focusing on populations affected by HIV/AIDS.

She is really looking forward to returning to Kenya and joining the other trekkers to support the children of Makindu.