Robyn Sagal is a Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar currently attending graduate school at the University of Sheffield in the UK in order to pursue a Master of Public Health degree in International Development. This program will include both a class field research trip to Nepal and a 6-8 week international field placement with a development organization.
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. She also volunteered during the holiday season as a Red Apron volunteer, helping with the Holiday Tent that Metropolitan Ministries hosts. This tent provides food, clothing, and holiday gifts for underprivileged families in the community.
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.