Biography


Robyn Sagal is the International Coordinator at Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwamagana, Rwanda. She is responsible for the implementation of the visitors and volunteer program. Her guests include donors and partners, potential donors and partners, general interest visitors, and short-term group visits.

She recently graduated from the University of Sheffield in the UK where she earned a Master of Public Health degree in International Development as a Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar. This program included both a class field research trip to Nepal and a 6-week field placement in Kitgum, Uganda working with Straight Talk Foundation.

Prior to graduate school, she spent 7 weeks at Middlebury College's School of Hebrew as a Kathryn Davis Fellow. Middlebury's lanuage programs are unique in that they require all students to sign a pledge to only use their target language the entire time, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Previously, Robyn completed 10 months of service in AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps member assisting in disaster management projects across the United States with a team of 8 people. She also spent 10 months teaching English in Israel through the Israel Teaching Fellows program following her undergraduate degree. She graduated in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Public Health at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.

During her time at USF, Robyn further developed her desire to help others. During Spring Break of 2009, Robyn participated in a study abroad experience through the Honors College. This nine day immersion experience to Panama included service projects at two non-profit organizations. In addition to the previously mentioned international volunteer experience, Robyn dedicated one day every week to volunteering in her own community at Metropolitan Ministries. This is an organization that supports the homeless and provides housing, education, daycare, and many other resources.

Robyn studied abroad her Spring semester of 2011 at the University of Tasmania in Australia. In addition to exploring and learning about another culture, she also volunteered there and found a topic for her thesis. She tried to spend her time abroad experiencing new things while still maintaining a focus on academics.

Robyn participated in another short-term service trip to Costa Rica in May 2012 for two weeks. On this trip she spent the first week doing construction work at a church outside of San Jose. Specifically, it was a project to provide technical education and daycare to mothers from a nearby shantytown, Guarari. The second week she spent her time volunteering on a coffee plantation (Finca de la Bella) in Monteverde.
 
Following the completion of her fellowship year at Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, Robyn hopes to further her career in international development through obtaining a position with a global nonprofit.