Grecia Paola De La O Abarca ’17
Grecia De La O Abarca is a sophomore student at Middlebury College. She was born and raised in southern Mexico where she spent most of her life until 2011 when she was awarded with a full scholarship to attend the United Word College USA. She represented Mexico in a 2 years international school that belongs to the UWC movement which aims peace and a sustainable future. She has been involved in several community service programs such as tutoring, intercultural exchange shows, organic coffee production and HIV/AIDS awareness. Passionate about social entrepreneurship, Grecia has participated as a facilitator in ¡Integrando a México!; summer program that encourages Mexican youth to use social entrepreneurship, civic engagement and national integration as a way of improving life conditions in Mexico.
After spending her first semester at Middlebury College, Grecia spent one semester enrolled in the Semester at Sea program. This opportunity provided her with a broader view of the world and motivated her to declare an Economics major and Environmental Studies Minor. She thinks this is a combination that would allow her tackle issues that she believes need to be addressed.
Having a strong background on coconut farming, Grecia’s curiosity on sustainable farming practices recently took her to Atenas, Costa Rica. She worked with a small family-run coffee farm and helped the farmers to establish environmentally sustainable technologies on the plantations. She gained hands-on experience on coffee farming and witnessed its transition into organic coffee production.
In November 2014, Grecia was selected as one of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship’s Fellows for the years 2015 – 2017.
This summer she is going to be interning in Chile as part of the Ambassador Corps program. The Ambassador Corps Program is an intensive summer internship program that is specifically designed to provide a unique frontlines work experience with premier social entrepreneurship organizations around the world.