FEA Alumnus, 2011-2012
Lindsay Lebel is from FEA’s first cohort of scholarship recipients; she received a $10,000 scholarship from FEA for a full year of study abroad. Lindsay grew up in a small town in Maine with parents who considered visiting Boston a “big family trip”. They reluctantly let Lindsay venture to the French Alps for a summer in college, which nurtured a wanderlust that led Lindsay to Morocco for 4 months. In Fez, she studied Arabic, examined Morocco’s system of traditional medicine, and drowned in mint tea. With FEA’s help, Lindsay’s research on traditional/alternative medicine continued for an additional 4 months in India, Argentina and South Africa. A complete immersion in global public health followed in her senior year at Tufts, when Lindsay had the opportunity to conduct an assessment of a community-based health insurance program in Siem Reap, Cambodia. As a Community Health and Arabic double major at Tufts, Lindsay also served as an Arabic tutor and taught contraception workshops in Boston public high schools.
Lindsay now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she has applied the nuanced understanding of health and community she gained abroad to her work at a small healthcare firm that uses data analytics to give doctors the tools they need to promote wellbeing. Craft projects, bucket showers, new languages, gardening, and exploring by bike make Lindsay happiest. Her favorite place will always be her home in Maine, where she finally convinced her dad to get a passport (and take her on a motorcycle road trip to Nova Scotia!).