Previous Fellows Profiles

Fatima Konsouh 

Fatima Konsouh of Charlotte graduated from the North Carolina School for Science and Math. Konsouh served as Muslim Student Association Officer and a Residential Life Assistant. She also participated in Girls for Science and United Muslim Relief. During her gap year she plans to serve in Malaysia and Kenya.

Read Fatima’s blog posts abroad:

Pre-Departure: A Step Back

Ambar Khawaja

Ambar Khawaja of Thomasville graduated from High Point Central High School where she was active in the Beta Club, Human Relations Club, Interact Club and Service Learning Youth Council. She served as the Communications Director for the Youth Action Project of the White Privilege Conference and helped plan the annual conference.

During her gap year, Ambar interned at Dar Si Hmad in Morocco where she led a young women’s English education program. She also taught English with youth at the Ujjwal Tara School in Kathmandu, Nepal. Coins For Change in Hanoi, Vietnam was Ambar’s third service placement where she continued English education and youth engagement. Ambar finished her gap year traveling throughout Europe attending various conferences.

Now back at UNC, Ambar is a Business Major, involved with AISEC, and an intern at Lead for America.

Read Ambar’s posts from abroad here:

Pre-Departure: One Fine Line

Learning Across Continents

Let Me Tell You about the Mountains in […]

Ameena Hester

Ameena Hester of Gastonia graduated from Highland School of Technology where she served as president of Beta Club and won the Hannah Leitner Award and Scholarship for her district. She founded the IMPACT! Muslim Youth Volunteer Group and the Do-It-Herself Female Empowerment Project. She co-founded and served as chairwoman of the Gaston County Teen Democrats. During her gap year, Hester plans to work with accessible health care in Egypt and serve in Ecuador.

Read Ameena’s blog posts from abroad:

Pre-Departure: A World of Octobers

Where We Go from Here

Love, in Blueberries

All Are Embers

Alexis Dumain

Alexis Dumain of Hillsborough graduated from Cedar Ridge High School. Dumain served as President of National Honor Society and Spanish Language and Culture Club. She attended Governor’s School West for choral music and directed her high school’s acapella group. Dumain was a varsity starter on her volleyball team as well as team captain during her junior year. During her gap year, she plans to learn about sustainable agriculture in Peru and Costa Rica and get involved in youth civic engagement in Hungary.

Read Alexis’ blog posts from abroad:

Pre-Departure: A Love Letter to Sheila

Spring Cleaning

My New Lingua Franca

A Confessional

Jonathan Hunter Dail

Jonathan Hunter Dail of Winterville graduated from South Central High School, where he served as Senior Class President. He played on the varsity soccer team all four years and served as team captain for the last three years. Dail has been a member of the Japanese Honors Society and recently participated in the Brody School of Medicine Honors Research Program.

During his gap year, Hunter WWOOFed around Japan, taught English at the Nakajomura Yakuba Kichinoura Nursery School in Japan, and worked with Samos Volunteers in Greece.

Now back at UNC, Hunter is a Global Studies major with a minor in Japanese.

Read Hunter’s blog posts from abroad:

Owen Conley

Owen Conley of Concord just finished his sophomore year at UNC where he is pursuing a degree in Sociology and Geography. He has been very active at the Campus Y, serving as the First-Year Member at Large and the Director of Membership. He has been a research assistant for Gender Equity in the Sociology Department as well as a Youth Board Member for Time Out Youth in Charlotte. During his bridge year Conley plans to serve in Cambodia and New Zealand.

Read Owen’s blog posts from abroad:

Pre-Departure: The Hardest Goodbye

Alyson Cabeza

Alyson Cabeza, of Fuquay-Varina, graduated from Harnett Central High School. She participated in the Student Government Association, Interact Club and Foreign Language League. She served as President of her Key Club and received the Outstanding Officer Award as a junior. She attended Governor’s School East in Natural Science and served as a Junior Marshall for the 2017 commencement exercises.

During her gap year, she lived in Hanoi, Vietnam for the entirety of her gap year. In Vietnam, she focused on English education teaching English to children from 5 to 12 years old with Vietnamese Community Volunteering. She traveled all throughout the country as well as visiting Singapore, and Krabi and Bangkok in Thailand.

As a first-year at UNC, she is a Global Office Intern at the Campus Y. She is also an Events team member with Coulture Magazine — a fashion and lifestyle magazine — and a member of the Carolina Film Association. […]

Caroline Brogden


Caroline Brogden of Apex graduated from Apex Friendship High School, where she served as Editor Emeritus and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Apex Friendship Yearbook Staff. She was inducted into the National Honors Society, National Art Honors Society, Spanish Honors Society and the Quill and Scroll Society. During the summer of 2017 she attended Governor’s School East for English. Brogden also founded the Apex Friendship Feminist Society. During her gap year she will be working with migrant women in Greece and focusing on youth education in Chile.

Read Caroline’s blog posts from abroad:

Pre-Departure: This One’s For the Butterflies
A Meditation on “No” in Samos, Greece
Puck’s Poem