Yarden Garonzik

Hometown: Brookline, Massachusetts
College: Wesleyan University

Since October of last year, I have been living and working in Elche, Spain, as a high school English teaching assistant and learning how to make a perfect Paella.

Originally from Brookline, Massachusetts, I graduated from Wesleyan University in 2018. I majored in Latin American studies with a concentration in Hispanic literatures and cultures and a certificate in international relations. My academic interests led me to spending a considerable amount of time volunteering and exploring Latin America. In the summer of 2016, I received the Wesleyan WIJS Endowed Summer Grant to work with JDC Entwine, a humanitarian aid organization in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I led various peer mentoring workshops for at-risk youth in the city and assisted Holocaust survivors under care at a local Jewish elderly home. I spent my spring semester of 2017 studying abroad in Madrid, Spain; I loved Spain so much that I worked as an English teacher at a language immersion soccer camp in Valencia, Spain, that summer. At Wesleyan, I was a choreographer for the all-inclusive, student-run biannual Terpsichore dance show and the rush chair of the Alpha Psi Alpha fraternity — a judgment-free community of young men who are involved in a multitude of campus organizations and support each other under a commitment to our shared appreciation for brotherhood. In my free time, I like to sing loudly inside and outside the shower, cook festive meals with my housemates, and plan out my dream to travel to all corners of the world.

In 2018, I led Field Studies Costa Rica, and in 2019, I led Field Studies Ecuador & Galápagos. A high of my summer was climbing the Chimborazo Volcano with my group (16,700 feet). We climbed to a height that most of us had never reached before. I was such a proud leader that day. I cannot wait to see where my students will go from here.