Student Accepted into Princeton-in-Asia Program

Kathrine Olsen-Flaate, an international student from Norway who will graduate from Truman in May with degrees in sociology and communication, has been accepted into the Princeton-in-Asia (PiA) program, beginning Fall 2011.
Olsen-Flaate will be working at an orphanage/NGO in India that serves 35 children living with HIV/AIDS. This post consists of grant writing, strategic planning, office administration, teaching English and caring for the children. In addition to working in the office and writing grants and reports, she will be involved with outreach programming to other communities coping with HIV/AIDS and conducting sexual health education programs in local schools.

Princeton-in-Asia provides transformative, service-oriented experiences for talented graduates and serves the needs of Asia. Over the last century, the organization has achieved this goal by providing talented young people with various opportunities to live and work in Asia. The first PiA “fellowships” consisted of a handful of Princeton University graduates who went to China in the late 1890s to do relief work and teach English. The program has since expanded considerably in size and scope throughout Asia.

In 2010, PiA placed 165 fellows in 18 countries, including Cambodia, China/Hong Kong, Timor-Leste, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Laos, Mongolia, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Currently, the program offers primarily teaching fellowships with additional fellowships in the fields of journalism, international development and business.

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