After coming back from a high school mission trip in Nicaragua, Stefanie Babb came to a realization that would change the course of her life.
“I want to be able to tell someone’s story and I really think that pictures pull at people’s heart strings,” said Babb, who hopes to one-day travel through Latin America as a photojournalist.
Babb found out just this past week that she landed a competitive Internship in Cusco, Peru through Education USA, a Department of State network that helps higher education students find opportunities to study abroad.
The internship is a six-week-long program and will be hosted at the Centro Cultural Peruano Norteamericano.
In Peru, Babb will be teaching college level students how to speak and write in English
She also is hoping to catch a glimpse of the Rainbow Mountains of the Peruvian Andes through the lens of her Nikon d3200.
“I am an outgoing introvert,” she said of her decision to travel abroad for the second time. “My brother studied architecture in Italy and my sister was enrolled in a nursing program in Ecuador so I think it is safe to “urge” to travel runs in the family.”
The UCF student is a second generation Cuban-American and feels a personal connection to Latin America.
“In Nicaragua, I saw a little girl in tears begging on the side of the road because she was so hungry. That isn’t right,” said Babb.
Babb wants to make people more aware of the conditions that many children are forced to endure in Latin America.
As for the future, Babb says she may return to Nicaragua to teach English to schoolchildren.
“I am definitely going to take a gap year before I enter grad school,” said Babb.
She said she’s not totally set on what she will do during that gap year but she hopes it involves history research. Babb said, “I’m pretty into that.”
Babb was made aware of this internship through the Latin American Studies program, and she follows in the footsteps of many others who have gone to different areas of Latin America to follow their passions.