Name: Sandra Alves
Education: BA, University of the Pacific
Study Abroad Location(s): Brussels, Belgium and Seville, Spain
International Volunteer/Internship Experience(s): Extended study of Human Rights and the case study of Morocco through a Seville, Spain study abroad program including in country research/experience in northern Morocco and a volunteer experience in Brussels, Belgium with a local human rights organization assisting Kurdish refugees.
Best Moment Abroad: It’s extremely difficult to pick one! But I might have to say a few are definite highlights. One that comes to mind are my last night in Northern Morocco when we wrapped up our hike and days events with all of us sitting around a camp fire and sharing stories while staring up at the awe inspiring Moroccan sky.
Hardest Moment Abroad: My hardest moment while abroad would have to be the ever present fear that something would happen to a family member while abroad and that there would be little I could do to help. Everything was fine looking back but the fear definitely influenced and affected my time abroad.
Why did you start Indelible International: I got tired of not being able to refer the friends, friends of friends, and all the others who have contacted me since my first experience overseas for my opinion/advice and assistance in planning their experiences to a user friendly comprehensive online resource. It seems strange that every year hundreds of thousands of students travel around the world to study, work, intern, and volunteer yet a quality and comprehensive online resource does not exist for them. This is a real community of people and we face real challenges both while we're abroad and when we get home.
What Else Should We Know?: Tons, I’m sure. The globe is changing and with it come changes to the lives we lead and challenges we face in being global citizens. We’re learning all we can about the trials, adventure, and highs and lows of the community. The issues we face, from relationships to health and fitness are wide in scope and span a large community of people. In bringing Indelible International into fruition we aim to be the best resource out there for you so if there’s something you think we’re missing or something you think we need to focus on or try out let us know!
Sandra’s Official Bio: Sandra’s passion for social entrepreneurship has guided her actions academically and beyond. While completing her BA in International Relations and Global Studies at the University of the Pacific Sandra was instrumental in establishing several organizations on campus including the Center for Social Entrepreneurship. While at University, Sandra studied abroad in Seville, Spain, and Brussels, Belgium. She also completed academic trips to Morocco and Costa Rica. Following graduation, her strong beliefs in the value of social entrepreneurship lead her to the Central Valley Autism Project where she serves as team manager and works to maintain the company’s 1:1 autistic services curriculum. Based on her 5 years of social entrepreneurship experience Sandra is particularly excited to be one of the founders of something as unique and important as Indelible International.