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RPCV Student Profiles: Jason Smith

Jason Smith
RPCV Bulgaria 2007-2009
MA International Development and MBA

After finishing my undergraduate degree at the University of Washington in 2007, I joined the Peace Corps and moved to a town in the middle of Bulgaria called Sliven. As a business development volunteer, my job was to work with a local business incubator to offer business classes to students and entrepreneurs, and host events like Manager For A Day. I also worked on many projects with other volunteers including projects for earth day and world AIDS day. Like many other volunteers, I also hosted English classes since there was no shortage of people who were eager to practice with a native speaker!

Earning an MBA was something that I've wanted since my undergrad, and after my experience in the Peace Corps, I also wanted to study international development. When I decided to move to DC to explore school and career options, AU was at the top of my list. After meeting with admissions and discussing the schools commitment to service, I felt that AU would be a good fit with my values and goals, and I have found it to be a very good fit indeed. Additionally, my experience in Bulgaria enabled me to cite real experiences in class which enriched the conversation along with the contributions of the many other RPCVs and students with extensive international experiences. When I graduate in December of 2013, I'll graduate with a dual MBA and MA in International Development and I plan to use both to make the world a better place.

When I moved to DC in 2010, I immediately got involved with the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, DC (RPCV/W) by helping with the 50th Anniversary events and joining the board of directors. Our membership has grown to over 1000 people in the DC area, making us the largest regional group of RPCVs in the world. Working with the organization and its partners has been a great networking experience and has been a tremendous leadership opportunity. We host over 50 events a year including community service, networking and professional development, cultural, and social events. If you are interested in attending or hosting an event, partnering, or even running for a board position, check out our website: 

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