We asked Hillina a few questions so you could get to know her better.
What inspired you to intern with L.A.C.E.S.?
I was looking for opportunities to engage myself in a humanitarian organization to be part of their work that is changing the dynamics of the current issues in the world. I strongly believe that the collective effort towards solving these issues will bring us to end poverty, injustices, illiteracy and many more. I became interested in L.A.C.E.S. mission, and am glad that I become part of L.A.C.E.S team. I get inspired when there is a space to exercise compassion and be part of the something greater than myself.
What’s is favorite part of the internship?
Knowing that I will accomplish one thing a day that will get me closer to making an impact. I look forward everyday to learn from Seren’s 101% commitment to L.A.C.E.S. and Kristie’s organization skills to follow L.A.C.E.S. mission. It is very refreshing to work in an environment where your team love’s what they’re doing and puts so much passion with excellence into their work.
Whats on your Washington DC bucket list?
- To go for a hike at Shenandoah valley.
- Visit the Smithsonian Museum’s.
- To have my first real winter experience with snow.
Tell us about a unique travel or cultural experience you’ve had.
Five years ago, I was living and working in a village East of Gojam, Ethiopia. Even though my origin is from Ethiopia, this particular place took my heart and left me with a priceless experience. I spent most of my time learning to change young girl’s lives through education, to value the culture and embrace people’s potential in building a better future.