Stories by Our Fellows

Learning how to fight

When I was growing up, refugees and conflicts happening in far-away places were never really things that I thought much about – nor, needless to say – identified much with. To me, refugees were just foreign people on TV, with vastly different cultures...

A District of Change, Washington D.C.

If I could use one word to describe this summer experience, it would certainly have to be life- changing. Well that was actually two, but honestly, describing my time in Washington DC this summer as a Karel Fellow in as few words as possible wouldn’t give me...

A Life Changing Experience

Being a part of the Karel Fellowship was a life changing experience. I had the opportunity to join the GreenLatinos team as the Communications Coordinator. GreenLatinos is a network of environmental and conservation advocates spread across the country which come...

The Best Souvenir

Looking back on my summer in Washington D.C., I realize that most of my stipend went to food. I’m thinking of one Saturday morning in particular, where I sat down for brunch without looking at the menu first. There was some serious sticker shock when I learned that it...

Confessions of a Karel Fellow

It’s been five days since my fellowship ended, and I can already say that my experience has had an impact on my future. Before this fellowship I doubted my ability to make a difference as a communicator. After working with the communications department at The...

Becoming An Environmentalist

Environmentalism. What does that word mean to you? If you’re like me before this summer, environmentalism means bright green. It means recycling and catastrophic climate change that, yes, is human-made but seems beyond your own individual impact. Environmentalism...