Emily Smith

Emily was born in Anchorage, AK, but raised in the Finger Lakes Region of upstate NY. She graduated from Dickinson College in May of 2016 with majors in Psychology and Spanish and a passion for service. During her time at Dickinson she was lucky to be able to study abroad in Malaga, Spain, and to do research on unpaid domestic labor in Cuba, while at the same time immersing herself in various service organizations and serving as the captain for the varsity volleyball team. She is a lover of all things dogs (mostly my own), food (vegetarian only, sorry), and the outdoors (mountains in particular); and she's passionate about empowering the people around her to create positive change in their lives and the world around them. She knew that following graduation she wanted to spend time speaking in a Spanish speaking country and working for an organization rooted in sustainable positive change, and she found the perfect match with BECA. She is so honored to be a part of the BECA team for a second year in a row, and she hopes that she will be able to continue to be a positive contributor at the Santa Monica Bilingual school and that she will broaden her own perspectives on aid and advocacy.

Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2017, 8:09 am EST

As soon as I set foot in Honduras, I fell in love, and I’m sure that my decision to stay for a second year surprised none of my friends and family from home. This year, in addition to teaching a class of super second graders, I also serve as a resource teacher for lower school (grades K-4) in which I offer support to students who need a little extra love and attention to be successful in their second language, I give English classes at a local technical high school, I tutor students who are looking to jump into English learning, and even I’m teaching myself to be a little less awkward on the soccer field.

Every day looks a little bit different for me, but one thing that I can guarantee is that if it is a school day I will inevitably hear the call of “meeeeeeeeeeeeeeees” more times than I can count. From broken pencils to falls on the playground, from hopping on one foot down the entire hallway to sharing a favorite toy, I feel incredibly honored (and sometimes a little bit exasperated) that these small humans choose to share every bit of their experience with me. Here are just a few of my favorite reasons that my kids yell “Miss”: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155138585191461.1073741880.4...

Click the link to see photos of Miss Emily's students, explaining why they call out to her.