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  • Sofia Baneth 8:11 pm on March 1, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , First blog, , , Machik, ,   

    Introducing New Spring Blogger: Sofia Baneth 

    My name is Sofia Baneth and I am one of the new spring bloggers for the AU Career Center. I am a freshman from Raleigh, NC currently interning at Machik, a non-profit in DuPont (description and link provided below).

    I am currently a Public Health major and Spanish minor, but I am also considering a major in CLEG (Communications, Law, Economics, and Government) and double minoring in public health and Spanish. I hope to one day intern (or work!) for the NIH, USDA, or on the Hill (do I sound like a typical AU student yet?!).

    But that’s enough about me – let me tell you a bit more about Machik.

    Machik is a nonprofit organization working to strengthen communities in Tibet. Cofounders and sisters, Losang and Tashi Rabgey established the organization after visiting their family in Tibet back in the 1980’s. Machik began when the Chungba Primary School was first built in Kham, the Southeastern region of Tibet.

    Despite its rural setting, the school has been sustained through Machik’s efforts and has successfully taught the children of Chungba. Machik provides the students a bilingual education of Chinese and Tibetan, which has been vital in their development as individuals and the community as a whole.

    Likewise, Machik coordinates a “Summer Enrichment Program,” which organizes volunteers from around the world to not only help them foster a sustainable Tibetan community, but also increases awareness of the issue and what can be done.

    Machik does so much more, but I will leave it at that for now.

    Until next time!

    P.S. Check out my bio on the Machik website.

    Or visit Machik’s homepage.

  • Emily Fleitz 5:40 pm on February 27, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: activism, Alternative breaks, community development, , , Machik, The Dalai Lama, , Vampire Weekend   



    I’m Emily.  I’m a junior at AU, studying international relations and religion.  You may remember me from last year when I blogged about my internship at the Solidarity Center.  Times have changed since then.  I spent last summer on an Alternative Break trip to Dharamsala, India- home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama  (whose accent sounded fine to me- jokes).

    Anyhow, a huge component of the Altbreaks program is post-trip activism.  I was inspired to find an internship related to Tibet for the year.  In August, I began interning at Machik, an organization that does community development on the Tibetan plateau.  I LOVE my internship and I am excited to share my insights with you this semester.  I’ll post about cool stuff I’m doing and learning, as well as ways for you to get involved in Tibetan activism (which I hope you do!).  Please post lots of comments and questions- I look forward to hearing from you!

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