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Alejandro Flores Monge

Alejandro is passionate about progress. An adventurous spirit, he has been involved across a number of programs in the arts, sciences, and humanities both while at home, in Western Colorado, and while at Armand Hammer United World College (UWC-USA), where he graduated high school, always striving for personal growth and supporting the growth of his community. Driven by ambition, Alejandro hopes to add Hindi and Marathi, while in India to his repertoire of languages that presently includes English, Spanish, and French. With a strong background in service both at home and at UWC, Alejandro looks forward to the challenge of supporting Teach for India fellows in the fight to close education gaps in urban Pune, as well as the lessons that come with the challenge of teaching.

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Why Mentors Matter

March 26, 2017

“Thank you, David Brooks. I’ve been waiting for your wise words since Weds morning,” was the first sentence of the Facebook post that made it all click (I couldn’t resist the pun). It was like a sort of circuit, pieces added and connected one step at a time until you flip the power switch and everything comes...

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Why Mentors Matter

March 19, 2017

"Thank you, David Brooks. I’ve been waiting for your wise words since Weds morning," was the first sentence of the Facebook post that made it all click (I couldn’t resist the pun). It was like a sort of circuit, pieces added and connected one step at a time until you flip the power switch and...

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A Case for More Empathy

March 14, 2017

  I’m fair skinned, American born, and I effortlessly articulate my White, American accent. There were moments where I struggled in school, but for the most part I managed to keep up with the high-achieving, middle-class White kids at the top of the class. I even went by the name Alex and, for the most...

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The Importance of Being Alone

March 7, 2017

  Root-cause analysis has become one of my favorites of the terms we’ve learned in our training sessions this year. It’s the notion of finding sustainable solutions to an issue by identifying and tending to the source of the issue, as opposed to bandaging the symptoms. I strongly agree with the philosophy, but I also...

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Lunch With a Monk

February 7, 2017

I am often asked the question, "Why India?" I never hesitated to answer, but I was never totally convinced of my response. Thinking back makes me wonder if anybody else believed me. In a sense, I did become very good at lying simply because I was afraid of admitting to anyone, including myself, that I...

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Blog #1

August 29, 2016

They say home is where the heart is. I had a home. I thought of myself as a very empathetic person. I thought I was one to quickly love, to welcome strangers to my heart with open arms. I was half right. I’ve learned that I do hold a great capacity for empathy, and though...

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