2010.07.07: July 7, 2010: Dominican Republic RPCV Christina Ygoa will travel to the Philippines this November to conduct research as a Fulbright Scholar

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Dominican Republic RPCV Christina Ygoa will travel to the Philippines this November to conduct research as a Fulbright Scholar

Dominican Republic RPCV Christina Ygoa will travel to the Philippines this November to conduct research as a Fulbright Scholar

Ygoa will be in the Philippines until August 2011. Her proposal on community-based tourism, which she said is an avenue for economic development for underdeveloped countries, stemmed from an interest in international development and poverty alleviation. That interest developed while she was in the Peace Corps working with women and youth, helping them to start their own small businesses. "I wanted to apply what I learned," she said. Ygoa knows the experience interviewing locals and administering surveys for research will be different from her family vacations. "It's me giving back with the skills that I have to offer and the knowledge I have to offer to a part of the country that I still have a connection to," she said. Her plan is to identify the challenges various municipalities in the country face regarding tourism and, "propose a potential next step," she said. Currently, she works for Global Visionaries, a nonprofit organization based in Seattle that focuses on educating and empowering youth to become leaders. Participants take a service trip to Guatemala. As the development manager and executive assistant, she manages fundraising activities, events, contributions and grant-writing. After she returns from the Philippines, she hopes to continue working for nonprofit organizations, or possibly the government. As November approaches, she isn't worried or nervous, but eager to begin her research. "I'm excited that I'm granted this opportunity to spend this amount of time doing something that I'm really interested in," Ygoa said.

Dominican Republic RPCV Christina Ygoa will travel to the Philippines this November to conduct research as a Fulbright Scholar

Olympic High Grad Will Travel to Philippines as Fulbright Scholar

* By Jeanette Scarsdale
* Kitsap Sun

* Posted July 7, 2010 at 8:08 p.m.

Christina Ygoa will travel to the Philippines this November to conduct research as a Fulbright Scholar.

Christina Ygoa will travel to the Philippines this November to conduct research as a Fulbright Scholar.

EAST BREMERTON -

As a first generation Filipino-American, most of Christina Ygoa's experiences with the country have been family vacations.

But the Bremerton native and Olympic High grad will look at the country through a new lens beginning in November, when she travels there as a Fulbright Scholar, researching the prospects and challenges of community-based tourism.

After spending three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, Ygoa is one of more than 1,500 people who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

The 26-year-old University of Washington graduate spent three months compiling her research proposal, a personal statement, recommendation letters and undergraduate transcripts.

After submitting her application in September 2009, several months passed until she got an e-mail in late April informing her that she received award.

"I was like, Oh yeah, I applied for that,'" she said, laughing.

Ygoa will be in the Philippines until August 2011. Her proposal on community-based tourism, which she said is an avenue for economic development for underdeveloped countries, stemmed from an interest in international development and poverty alleviation. That interest developed while she was in the Peace Corps working with women and youth, helping them to start their own small businesses.

"I wanted to apply what I learned," she said.

Ygoa knows the experience interviewing locals and administering surveys for research will be different from her family vacations.

"It's me giving back with the skills that I have to offer and the knowledge I have to offer to a part of the country that I still have a connection to," she said.

Her plan is to identify the challenges various municipalities in the country face regarding tourism and, "propose a potential next step," she said.

Currently, she works for Global Visionaries, a nonprofit organization based in Seattle that focuses on educating and empowering youth to become leaders. Participants take a service trip to Guatemala.

As the development manager and executive assistant, she manages fundraising activities, events, contributions and grant-writing. After she returns from the Philippines, she hopes to continue working for nonprofit organizations, or possibly the government.

As November approaches, she isn't worried or nervous, but eager to begin her research.

"I'm excited that I'm granted this opportunity to spend this amount of time doing something that I'm really interested in," Ygoa said.




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