Lauren has been interested in exchange programs since childhood, when a postcard from a neighbor studying abroad sparked her interest in international education and cultural exchange. As an undergraduate student, Lauren solidified her interest in such programs by studying abroad in Serbia, Kosovo, and Turkey. Lauren also spent four years working in Southeast Europe as a Fulbright grantee and Peace Corps Volunteer, where she taught English as a foreign language to students from Bulgaria, North Macedonia, and China. Before joining the International Student Support Team in January 2020, Lauren worked with American Councils field offices in Southeast Europe as a Pre-Departure Orientation instructor and a FLEX and YES Program participant recruiter.
On the International Student Support Team, Lauren works on host family and coordinator onboarding, outreach including social media, and student, host family and local coordinator support.
Lauren earned a BA in History from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX.