B.S. in Environmental Science – Terrestrial Ecology Emphasis,
Western Washington University (WA, USA)
School for International Training,
Tanzania, Fall 2010 – Spring 2011
Becky grew up near Seattle, Washington, USA. As a child Becky spent her time exploring beaches and romping through forests. Becky continued to explore her love for the environment in college and she graduated from Western Washington University with a B.S. in Environmental Science.
When the rainy northwest began to make her a little restless in college, Becky decided to spend a semester studying marine ecology and natural resource management in Zanzibar, Tanzania. She immediately fell in love with the country and decided to stay for a second semester. The second time around she studied wildlife conservation and political ecology in northern Tanzania.
Becky was fascinated by the culture, the environment, and the complex and unique conservation issues Tanzania faces. After graduating from college in 2012, Becky returned to Tanzania to pursue her passion of working with communities to promote environmental conservation and sustainability. She worked as the field site manager for a non-profit organization in southern Tanzania that aims to simultaneously improve human livelihoods and promote elephant conservation. She managed both social science and natural science research projects regarding wildlife conservation in Tanzania. She also taught environmental education classes, started a library, and taught farmers how to safely protect their farms from elephants.
In 2014, Becky returned to the Pacific Northwest where she spent a year teaching outdoor environmental education to students in grades K-12. While she loved teaching in the States, she was constantly itching to get back to Tanzania and she was so excited when she was offered the opportunity to return to Tanzania as the Program Intern at SFS. Becky is excited to help students with their experience in a truly wonderful country.