Larissa Szyszka

Communications & Outreach Intern

Growing up, Larissa moved all over the world, living in 3 countries and 4 states by her sixteenth birthday. This, paired with her deep connection to her Ukrainian heritage, led to Larissa’s fascination with cultural differences. She earned her BA in Anthropology and International Studies at Franklin & Marshall College, where she focused on post-USSR relations in Eastern Europe and cultural exchange and assimilation.

Larissa learned early on that her favorite challenges were immersive ones, and has continually sought out longer and more deeply engaging experiences abroad. She studied abroad in Prague for a semester and completed an intensive Romani Music and Human Rights summer program while an undergrad. After graduation, she changed geographic gears and fulfilled a Fulbright Grant teaching English at an underserved secondary school in rural Malaysia. Larissa believes that stretching ones comfort zone by means of travel and cultural exchange are key not only to personal growth, but also to building a more tolerant community.