Josh Paull: An International Relations/History Major in Guatemala

Photo of UC Davis student Josh Paull with walking stick insect on his hand

 Josh Paull sees his Blum Center Summer Fellow project in Guatemala as a first step to a career abroad. 

May 13, 2016 — Josh Paull, a third-year student double-majoring in international relations and history, will tackle two projects in Guatemala as a Blum Center Summer Fellow.

To start, he will work with ProPetén, an environmental organization focused on protecting rainforests in the country’s Maya Biosphere Reserve, to improve its Internet presence.

“The organization has won major conservation prizes for its path-breaking, sustainable development work … but many of these achievements have been lost to poor website maintenance over the years,” Paull said.

“My primary work, therefore, will be to help redesign, revitalize and translate the organization’s website and to make sure that a local staff member is trained to maintain it.”

Secondly, he will work with a group called ACDIP (the Spanish abbreviation for Association of Indigenous Peasant Communities for the Integral Development of Petén), which focuses on indigenous rights and education. “I will be working in a high school for indigenous Q’eqchi, helping to configure their online resources,” Paull said.

Last summer, he spent a month in Cuba on a UC Davis Study Abroad program. Working at the high school in Guatemala as a Blum Center Summer Fellow will take him another step toward his career of choice.

“My dream is to teach English in Latin America,” said Paull, who will graduate in winter 2017. “I’m really excited, because I feel like the opportunity to work abroad is crystallizing for me.” 


— Kathleen Holder, writes for the Division of Social Sciences, UC Davis College of Letters and Science. Follow her on Twitter @kmholder.

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