Official Blog of the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

NAVE Scholarship Recipient: Sophie Rzchowski

by Bette Benson (LACIS Social Media/Outreach Intern, BA, Pol Sci, Intl Stud & LACIS ’15)

With Amigos in Oaxaca, México

Sophie Rzchowski, a Madisonian junior majoring in Spanish and Journalism, was recently awarded the NAVE scholarship. The funds from this scholarship will go towards financing her study abroad in Santiago, Chile this upcoming spring semester.

In Sophie’s words, “When deciding on a study abroad program, I knew I wanted to go somewhere in Latin America. I first fell in love with the region after spending 8 weeks in Oaxaca, Mexico as an AMIGOS de las Américas volunteer in 2012. I lived with a host family in a rural community, and my partner and I worked with the community to build a park, and partnered with a local organization called Puente a la Salud Comunitaria to run a summer camp. I became further interested in the history and cultures of Central and South America after participating in my First Year Interest Group, “Race and Ethnicity in Latin America” my freshman year at UW-Madison. Throughout my college career, I have taken various classes that touched on the history of the region, and I am excited to be able to experience Chile’s history firsthand.”


With Amigos in Oaxaca, México

Sophie hopes to find an internship while aborad, “I am mainly interested market research (looking at how organizations/companies can better reach their audiences and expand their services) and multimedia production. I would love to work for either a news organization or a nonprofit in their communications department. I currently volunteer with an organization in Madison called Centro Hispano; I have been involved in their social media, and also am in the process of producing a promotional video for their afterschool program, Juventud. I would love to work for a nonprofit like Centro, where I can apply both my love for communications and the Spanish language. As I pursue a career in mass communication, it is important to me to have experiences from outside of the United States. I want to make sure that the work I do is guided by a broad understanding of the world.”

With Amigos in Oaxaca, México

On behalf of LACIS, congratulations and best of luck, Sophie! We look forwards to hearing about your experience!