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Times Union Article About an AUA Volunteer: “Summer Home in Bangladesh Slums”

AUA Volunteer and one of the first Mosaic Scholarship winners, Alison Horton was featured in the Times Union today!  The article describes Alison’s aims for her service abroad and why she chose to volunteer with BRAC, the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee.  She talks about the fact that she feels the aims of AUA are admirable.  Of AUA and the decision to volunteer in Bangladesh she says,

Photo courtesy of Robert, a BRAC volunteer

Photo courtesy of Robert, a BRAC volunteer.

“The idea is to better represent Americans to Muslims and, conversely, better represent Muslims to Americans.  I feel fortunate to have that opportunity, but what drew me to Bangladesh was the poverty.  I’m interested in Muslim-American relations, and I’m all for improving that.”

Make sure to read the full article here to discover more about Alison.  She will be writing her own blog entries, sending back photos and posting videos online to share her experiences in Bangladesh, so stay tuned!  Everyone at AUA is excited to hear about her time in Bangladesh.  Remember to apply for the Mosaic Scholarship if you’re interesting in receiving funding for your service abroad and look at our directory to find many great volunteer opportunities.


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