For months I’ve wished I could turn back the clock to when I was standing in the middle of my compound, suitcase on the ground and bags on my shoulders that very first day. I was given two choices for my name Ami Ndaw” or “Ndey Xana Ndaw”. Under pressure I went with “Ami Ndaw”
About Rachel Schrattenholzer
Rachel is passionate about outdoor sports, social justice, public service, and immersion into new cultures. Her hobbies include backpacking, hiking, softball, and physical fitness. She is passionate about women's rights, civil rights, and works to educate people on these issues. Rachel has volunteered in Portland, Oregon over the past four years and participated in service trips to Belize and Romania. Rachel's goals for the year include becoming proficient in her host language, fully immersing herself in the culture and community, gaining a global perspective that will lend her humility and passion, and finding her place in this ever growing, ever changing global community.