Karla Guinigundo

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Karla Guinigundo

Education Background

  • Master of Arts in International Studies (Southeast Asia concentration), Ohio University

  • Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies, Miami University

Travel Background

My family moved to Penang, Malaysia when I was 12 years old, and I was enrolled at Dalat International School for 7th, 8th and 9th grades. That experience initiated a deep interest in Southeast Asia that I pursued academically both as an undergraduate at Miami University and as a graduate student at Ohio University. Professional roles in international education administration, recruiting, and grant writing and management have given me the opportunity to travel to 12 countries in Asia. I have also visited Canada, Mexico, Australia and Norway. Ghana and Myanmar are currently at the top of my travel bucket list.

Travel Tip

Before going somewhere new, learn some of the local language – and use it! There is no better way to demonstrate respect and interest in your host community than to make the effort to communicate in their language.