Project Description

Simone McFarlane of Concord, NC graduated from Concord High School. There, she was active in Spanish National Honor Society, Amnesty International, and Service Club.

During her gap year, Simone spent three months in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where she partnered with Centro para Los Adolescentes de San Miguel de Allende (CASA). At CASA she worked with their community health clinic and ELEGIR program to develop campaigns related to sexual health and eliminating gender violence in local communities. Afterwards, she spent the next three months in Barranquilla, Colombia at a school with a large Afro-Colombian community. As an English teacher, she led classes, assisted other classes, and developed curriculum centered on Afro-Colombian history.

She plans to major in Global Studies and Public Policy at UNC.

Read Simone’s blog posts here:

Pre-Departure: Such A Chidi

Childlike Wonder in Mexico

The Power of Perception

Unpacking Mexico

My First Carnaval