Benjamin is a first-year MSFS degree candidate at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he is concentrating in Global Politics and Security.
Prior to living abroad, Benjamin earned a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate from the International TEFL Academy. He spent over two years in Istanbul, Turkey where he was an ESL high school teacher and then in Medellin, Colombia where he was an English Teaching Fellow with the Heart for Change Volunteer Program to support efforts to increase bilingualism in Colombia.
After his time abroad, Benjamin relocated to Boston, Massachusetts to serve as an AmeriCorps Volunteer for the New American Integration Program. Benjamin worked at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition as a Citizenship program coordinator helping several hundred immigrants and refugees in the Boston area initiate the U.S. citizenship application process.
Benjamin is a graduate of The George Washington University, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Political Science with a minor in Geographic Information Systems. He is proficient in Spanish and Turkish, and is currently developing proficiency in Portuguese.
"I chose MSFS because I believe that this program would give me the tools, skills, and knowledge I need to navigate an increasingly complex and fast-paced world. The faculty and students in the Georgetown MSFS program have a wide variety of experiences, backgrounds, and knowledge that I can learn from in order to become a better student and professional in international affairs.
I think that this program will help me build a professional network that will help open up new career opportunities. Even more than that, MSFS has helped me make new friends, learn new skills, and meet practitioners—whether they be professors, former heads of state, politicians, or diplomats—who have deepened my understanding of different subject areas immensely. It’s a unique program and I’m glad to be at MSFS for my graduate school studies.”