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Meet Doree

by Behnosh Najafi | | Posted under School's Out News

We’d like to introduce Doree Desberg, our new Refugee School Impact Grant VISTA Member. We asked her a few questions about herself.

Meet Doree Desberg

Meet Doree Desberg

Where are you from?

My roots are scattered throughout the country, but my happiest memories were made during my time in lovely Washington. After spending 6 years away, I am excited to once again call the Northwest home.

What do you like to do in your own time?

I’ve given myself the mission of finding a new hobby by the end of the year, which has lead me to attempts at aerial acrobatics (terrifying!) and capoeira. Besides that, you can usually find me baking with friends or with my nose stuck in a book.

What brought you to SOWA?

I’m so excited to join the friendly and devoted team at SOWA. For the past couple of years, I lived out of a backpack traveling around Asia and Oceania. Due to the lack of a steady paycheck, I found myself filling various odd jobs from herding sheep in New Zealand to teaching kindergarten in Bangkok. Throughout both my travels and undergraduate studies in International Development, I have continuously felt a passion for educational equity both worldwide and within my own country. I’m looking forward to continuing my work and broadening my knowledge during my time working at SOWA and on the Refugee School Impact Grant.

Tell us one thing that you are proud of.

I played “Ms. Smith,” a foreign news correspondent on a Taiwanese soap opera. My role was pretty minor, but I can easily say one of my life-goals was achieved that day.


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