StaffKelly Jo Bahry
Following is information for Kelly Jo Bahry:
Kelly Jo grew up an hour from the Mexican border in California, but felt like she crossed a 'real' border when she went to Greece by herself at 16. She studied abroad in Zimbabwe in 1998 as an undergraduate and was forever changed by her extremely challenging and rewarding experience there. She moved to Kenya to volunteer, which turned in to living and working in 'real' jobs in Africa about eleven years, staying anywhere from refugee camps and small villages to busy urban areas and island getaways. She studied for her MA at American University in Peace and Conflict Resolution and helped start the AU Abroad Kenya program as its Country Director, moving on to the American University of Nigeria to start a community service program and study abroad program. She is extremely interested in migration complexities and realities, and still has Swahili come out of her mouth when she wants to speak Spanish.Kelly Jo returns to the Washington, D.C. AU Abroad office firmly grounded as a Study Abroad Advisor, and now advises for direct enrollment programs in England, Germany, The Netherlands, Turkey, Northern Africa, and the Middle East. You can make an appointment with her here. One of Kelly Jo's favorite quotes is "I'm not telling you it is going to be easy, I'm telling you it is going to be worth it."