Tara Conklin UMass Boston

I spent August 2012 in Liberia working within the Liberian House of Representatives and the Liberian Environmental Protection Agency. During my time in the House of Representatives, I worked alongside a Liberian Congresswoman. I was able to assist on some of her pending legislation, and I got a chance to experience and assist with government dealings on the national level. My work with the Liberian EPA was focused on creating a proposal for an upcoming outreach campaign intended to raise environmental awareness and encourage more eco-friendly behavior. My colleagues at the EPA were dedicated civil servants trying to make the environment a top issue in a country where there are so many competing priorities. It was a truly eye-opening experience, and invaluable for my understanding of Liberia’s role in the world. I had an amazing time in Liberia and hope to make my way back there soon!