Rebekah Leary was born in Richmond, VA but lived in Kiev, Ukraine for 11 years before moving back to the States to attend college. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2017 with a double major in Russian language and literature and youth and social innovation and a minor in global studies in education. As an undergraduate, Rebekah was an active member of the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and a leader in Cru Christian Fellowship. After serving with Impact America, Rebekah is planning on moving overseas to teach for a year with Global Playground.

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why? 

For the last two years of college, I volunteered with an organization called International Neighbors, which connects people in the community with incoming refugees for English lessons, transportation to doctor’s appointments, and general cultural immersion. I had the pleasure of meeting several young Syrian families and tutored a young woman once a week for a semester. It was really rewarding to get to know another culture, be a friend to a family who had just arrived to America, and engage in such a critical time in our country’s history.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love traveling and exploring new cities. When I am a tourist, my favorite thing to do is find out what the locals like to do or just not make any plans and walk around; I like to be really low maintenance when I travel and just see where my feet take me!