Sara has two years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a
Bachelor’s Degree in Law, from University of Tirana, Albania, an
“Undergraduate Exchange Student Award” at University of Texas at Austin and
a Master’s of Arts Degree in European Studies from the University of Applied
Sciences in Bremen, Germany. As an Open Society Foundation Fellow of the
“Undergraduate Exchange Program,” she lived and studied for one year in the U.S. and studied
sociology. During her year in the U.S., Sara was a volunteer for two nonprofits, working in
grassroots’ level in East Side Austin. As a Master’s student, she was awarded a grant from the
Jean Monnet Leadership Programme to implement her Community Project “In from the
Margins”, in Albania, focusing on social and educational needs of marginalized children/youth in
the extremely poor suburbs of Tirana. Through fundraising for this project she helped 30
beneficiaries with school supplies, and books. Currently, she is working as a Youth Trainer for
the Youth Project of the nonprofit Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, in Tirana (Albania).Sara’s
responsibilities as a Youth Trainer consist in designing and developing MWL Youth Leadership
Porgramme, targeting youth located in highly marginalized rural areas in Albania; leading the
Awareness-raising Training sessions on Human Anti-trafficking in more than 15 vulnerable
areas of the country; supporting the Line Manager in implementing project’s economic
empowerment strategy for youth; collaborate for fundraising activities, and widen the network with third parties. Due to her job, Sara is part of various European Anti-trafficking Networks,
such as RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation),
ANDANTE (European Alliance of Catholic Women’s Organizations), and URAT (United
Response Against Trafficking). Through these experiences, she developed strong community-
based project coordination skills, as well as, abilities to create innovative implementation ways
in grassroots level. Sara enjoys focusing on youth empowerment, education, training on human
anti-trafficking, and is very passionate about lobbying for human rights, fundraising and policy
making.

Host Organization: Internews

Role at Host Organization: Sara will help Internews build new strategies that incorporate youth
development and counter people-trafficking using the organization’s core capacities in media
and information. Her tasks will include coordination across staff, consensus-building,
administration and logistics for consultants, research, and supporting representation with
partners and donors.