Originally from Ufa, a city within the Ural Mountains in Russia, Anna lived in Moscow for the last 6 years. She graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2015 with a B.A. cum laude in History and International Relations. She later completed a social entrepreneurship program at Watson University in Boulder, CO. As a high school student, she spent an exchange year in the United States where she donated much of her time to community service. While volunteering as a teacher assistant at a local art gallery, she met an orphaned elementary school student who lived in a foster home. The child led a completely normal life, wasn’t isolated from other kids and went to a regular school. The contrast between his life and those led by Russian orphans seemed so striking that inspired Anna to do something about it back home. Upon her return to Russia, Anna started an independent volunteer project called MDC International, aimed at providing a positive social environment and educational opportunities for inner-city orphans. To date, the project has engaged volunteers in more than 20 cities in Russia and over 8 other countries has impacted over one thousand children. In September 2016, Anna launched a new curriculum at SOS Children’s Village – Tomilino in Moscow region that is aimed at educating teenagers about different professions and helping them to successfully transition into adulthood.

Host Organization: SOS Children’s Villages USA

Role at Host Organization: Anna will work to help raise awareness and funds, joining a passionate and dedicated team that has exciting plans for 2017 to help boost awareness for the organization. She will especially focus on communications materials, including press-releases, fact sheets, web content and blog posts, as well as assisting with coordination of media outreach with media releases for TV and radio.