Traveler Bio

Yassas ('Hello' in Greek), my name is Damaris and I was born and raised in Washington D.C. 

I am a third-year college student studying psychology at Lewis & Clark College with the goal of becoming an elementary education teacher. I have wanted to become a teacher since I was in third grade and that goal hasn’t changed since. In the past, I traveled to Costa Rica in sixth grade, Ecuador in eighth grade, and the Dominican Republic after my first year in college. Now I am studying abroad in Athens, Greece for 4 months and I am so excited to meet new people, learn about a new culture, and volunteer here.

Since I have always had a love for animals and nature, especially dogs, I began volunteering with an organization called Anima so I could help out the animals that get hurt in Greece. I also want to volunteer with a local school in Athens to teach young students to speak English. I’m so excited to be able to update you and share these experiences with you all as I go on my travel journey.

Want to know more about how you can study or intern abroad when you are a college student? The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Learn more about the scholarship by clicking here!