Alicia Houser

Title

Student Affairs Manager (SAM)

Location

Kenya

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Alicia’s love for wildlife and travel started at a young age. Growing up as a third-culture kid in Botswana and then Namibia, Etosha National Park and the sand dunes of the Namib Desert were frequent vacation places. Alicia received her Bachelor’s in 2012 from Austin College where she majored in International Relations and African Studies. While at AC, Alicia traveled to ten new countries including a semester abroad with SIT in Rwanda where she studied post-genocide peacebuilding and reconstruction.

After college, Alicia sought out the mountains and lived in Washington and Colorado working for Americorps and nonprofits before returning to school in 2016 to pursue her Master’s. Having always wanted to study an African language, she finally had the chance to at the University of Pittsburgh. Alicia started studying Swahili in 2016 and loved it so much she applied for and received a Critical Language Scholarship and then a Boren Language Fellowship to study in Tanzania. Experiencing a country in a foreign language was a whole new way of travel for Alicia, and one she loved. Wanting to stay in East Africa, Alicia looked for positions with study abroad programs and luckily came across the School for Field Studies. Alicia is looking forward to joining the team in Kenya and working with students to make their semester the most memorable and impactful it can be!