Meet the International Service Trip Team!
Co-Leader Douglas Bastidas ‘16
Hey-oh everyone! My name is Douglas Bastidas and I am one of the co-leaders for the International Service Trip. I am from Little Rock, Arkansas and was raised in a Colombian household (both of my parents are immigrants). I am leaning towards the Woodrow Wilson School with an emphasis on STEP (Science, Technology and Environmental Policy) and will complete the Applications of Computing Certificate as well. On campus I am co-president of Princeton Latinos y Amigos, dance for the Latin dance group Más Flow, tutor at Community House and serve as a chair on the Community House Executive Board, and am a member of the Cap and Gown Club. I am incredibly excited for the suitcase installation in Peru! Dallas and I have invested ourselves into this project like none other before and I am ecstatic that we have such an exceptional team that will carry out our goals this spring break!
Co-Leader Dallas Nan ‘16
Hi, everyone! My name is Dallas Nan and I am one of the co-leaders of the International Service Trip. I am from Boise, Idaho, a picturesque city of about 200,000 people that I have called home for the past 13 years. My concentration at Princeton is Chemical and Biological Engineering with an emphasis in energy and the environment and I am also working towards a Certificate in Sustainable Energy. On campus I am a member of the Princeton Student Events Committee and the Undergraduate Student Government Social Committee, and serve as the Program Leader for the Community House After School Academy, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement’s program that dedicates itself to closing the minority achievement gap in Princeton. Seeing our small idea in September grow into this project has been incredible, and with every pre-trip event I get more excited for the trip this spring break!
Mark Benjamin ‘14
Hey everyone, I’m Mark Benjamin a senior in the computer science department from Plainsboro NJ. I’ve spent a large part of my four years at Princeton engaging communities through the Pace Center. Although I’ve mostly worked with education and adult outreach projects in the past, I’m super excited to be going to Peru to try a whole different type of service! When I’m not working with the Pace Center you’ll find me listening to NPR, baking obscenely large chocolate chip cookies, playing strategy board games, singing karaoke, challenging a friend to a game of Super Smash Brothers Melee, or just having a conversation with friends. I can’t wait to get started on our trip!
Victoria Navarro ‘17
Hi, my name’s Victoria Navarro, class of 2017! I’m from El Paso, Texas, raised in a loving household full of the rich culture of Mexico, where my parents and family are from. I’m interested in studying Chemistry or Molecular Biology (fascinated by the world around me), and perhaps pursuing a certificate in Latino Studies. I love to dance, and take part in the Latin dance group, Más Flow, and Ballet Folklórico on campus. I also enjoy reading, sitting in pretty places, talking with friends over tea or coffee, and playing French Horn. I am so excited to be a part of the 2014 International Service Trip, and learn more about how solar energy is evolving and can be shared globally! I am equally as excited to meet and interact with the Peruvian communities we will be meeting, and can’t wait to learn from the culture and people!
Jackie Rambarran ‘16
I’m Jackie Rambarran from Charlton, a very rural town in south central Massachusetts. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering, hoping to pursue biomechanical or biomedical applications in the future. On campus, I am a member of the Bhangra team, Rocky Social Committee, Innovation Magazine, and tutor at the Rescue Mission in Trenton. While I have traveled abroad frequently in the past, it has always been recreational and with my family. I am just so thrilled to be involved in this pilot trip to Peru, something so big and exciting. I cannot wait to see what the near future holds!
Annie Tao ‘16
Hi there! My name is Annie Tao, and I’m so excited to be a part of the International Service Trip team! A little bit about me – I’m a member of the Class of 2016 looking to major in English. I’m from the exotic and metropolitan town of Lawrenceville, NJ, which is a distant 10 minutes away from Princeton. On campus, I’m a senior writer for the Street section of The Prince. I also serve as one of the Public Engagement Chairs for Undergraduate Student Government, and work as an Orange Key Tour Guide. Having heard about the We Care Solar mission prior to IST, and found it fascinating, I was very much eager to be a part of this project. I have been learning so much already through our pre-trip meetings and workshops, and I look forward to growing and discovering even more in Peru!
Lacey-Ann Wisdom ‘17
Hi everyone! My name is Lacey-Ann Wisdom ’17 and I am interested in majoring in History or the Woodrow Wilson School and hope to get a certificate in Global Health Policy. On campus I am a part of the South Asian Students Association, and am a senior member on the AdThis journalism team. In my free time I enjoy watching Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey. In the past I have worked with Habitat for Humanity and other non-profit organizations. I am excited to have the chance to commit to international service in Peru this March, and also hope to brush up on