2019 Summer Upgrading Camp Teams

KHOROG, TAJIKISTAN

Staff

Sanna Huda
Camp Director, Khorog
(Canada)

My name is Sanna Huda and I am from Vancouver, Canada studying an Honours Degree in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. I became interested in global health after realising my passion for travelling and learning more about different cultures and cities. I have lived in many cities, and I have enjoyed meeting new people everywhere I go. Through my academic career, I have learned to speak French fluently and I would love to learn new languages – please do teach me your language! As a performer in various multicultural shows, I have learned many dancing techniques for traditional dances. I also love to explore new music genres in different languages. Even though this is my second time working at the UCA Summer Upgrading Camp, I am excited to explore the new campus in Khorog; I can’t wait to make new friends, explore the city and learn about Central Asian traditions.

Yasmin Rajwani
Assistant Camp Director, Khorog
(Canada)

My name is Yasmin and I am from the beautiful city of Vancouver in Canada. I am currently pursuing my undergraduate Honours degree in International Development and Globalisation at the University of Ottawa, in Canada. I have a keen interest in learning more about and experiencing different cultures, languages, and places, and have been fortunate to have travelled to several countries. As a singer, dancer, and henna artist, I am particularly passionate about the performing and visual arts, admiring the connections that can be made through artistic mediums. At camp, you will find me connecting with others, dancing, or playing sports. I am incredibly excited to meet all of you and create a fun, energetic, and educational summer camp environment amidst the beautiful landscape of UCA’s Khorog campus. Looking forward to meeting and learning from you; see you in Khorog!

Teachers

Kiiyha Gray
English Instructor, Khorog
(USA)

My name is Kiiyha Gray, but everyone calls me Kiki. I am from the United States and have been living in Kyrgyzstan for the past two and a half years. I spent my childhood living in Japan, Thai-land, and Hungary, and later studied in the United Kingdom and worked briefly in the Czech Republic. I have a double Bachelor’s degree in History and Anthropology from the University of London, and hope to complete my master in Politics and Security soon. I currently live in Bishkek where I spend my time volunteering, teaching English and mathematics, and studying Russian. Central Asia has become my second home where I have gotten to know and fall in love with Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan (I have yet to experience Uzbekistan!). I am thrilled to be spending the summer in Khorog and hope to explore more of southern Tajikistan while I am there.

Nigina Noebshoeva
English Instructor, Khorog
(Tajikistan)

Hello everyone! My name is Nigina Noebshoeva and I am from Khorog, Tajikistan. This will be my third year teaching at UCA’s Summer Upgrading Camp. I am an English Instructor at UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education where I have worked for 13 years. Prior to join-ing UCA, my professional career began at the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) in 2000. I held different positions such as English Instructor, Senior English Instructor and an Administrator of the Nursing Development Project. I have attended numerous professional development trainings at SPCE, which have enabled me to teach various high level certified programmes such as Busi-ness English, and English for Academic and Specific Purposes courses. At SPCE, I run IELTS test preparation sessions, teach English for Academic Purposes, as well as IELTS for postgradu-ate students of the Institute of Ismaili Studies. I also develop curricula for different programmes, conduct Teaching Knowledge Test sessions, and lead professional development trainings for In-structors from all districts of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast. I am also a Cambridge KET, PET and FCE speaking examiner.

Tojiniso Olimnazarova
Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes, Khorog Campus
(Tajikistan)

My name is Tojiniso Olimnazarova and I am an English Faculty member with UCA's undergraduate pre-paratory programme. I bring over 18 years of English language teaching experience to UCA. Before joining UCA, I lectured in Discourse Analysis at the Khorog State University. I was also Academic English instructor and Curriculum Development and Assessment Coordinator with the Khorog English and Pre-paratory Programme. I then joined UCA's School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE), Kho-rog as a Senior English Instructor and taught Conversational English, Business English and English for Academic Purposes. I developed curriculum and delivered professional development courses for Eng-lish instructors at SPCE Khorog and its Afghanistan Learning Centres. Recently, I taught Academic Read-ing and IELTS for SPCE and the Institute of Ismaili Studies Postgraduate Preparatory Programme. My research interests include teacher development, using students' linguistic repertoire for teaching Eng-lish as a foreign language and developing the critical thinking and analytical capacity of students. I hold a Certificate to Teach English Language to Adults (CELTA) from the University of Cambridge and complet-ed courses in linguistics, language training and teacher training from world renowned universities. I also hold a Master's degree in Education (TEFL) with Distinction from University of Birmingham, United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics with Distinction from Khorog State University.

Bekzhan Burshakbayev
Mathematics Instructor
(Kazakhstan)

Hi. My name is Bekzhan Burshakbayev and I am from Almaty, Kazakhstan. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Telecommunication from the Almaty University of Power Engineering and Telecommunications, and Master’s degree in Telecommunication from Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics (Russia). I worked as a Math Tutor for 8 years, and currently am a Math Teacher at Nazarbayev Intellectual School in Almaty (Kazakhstan). This will be my first experience as a Math Instructor at UCA's Summer Upgrading Camp. I am eager to engage in cross-cultural exchange and I want to share my knowledge in mathematics with all students. In my spare time I like travelling, reading books and solving math problems.

Muqim Saidusainov
Mathematics Instructor
(Tajikistan)

Hi all! My name is Mukim Saidusaynov and I am from Khorog, Tajikistan. In 2006, I graduated from the mathematics faculty of Khorog State University. In 2011, I completed my postgraduate studies in Dushanbe, and received a Candidate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. I have worked in different universities as a Math Teacher, and worked at the Statistical Committee as an Analyst and Data Entry Developer for five years. I am currently pursuing my Doctorate in mathematics and am working as a Math Instructor for the University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education in Dushanbe. I teach Jump Math, SAT and preparatory courses for Grade 7-11 students, in order to help them enter universities. In my spare time I like to go hiking and mountain climbing. This is my first experience as a Math Instructor at UCA’s Summer Upgrading Camp, and I hope it will be interesting and exciting. We will study, discuss many new concepts in mathematics, and solve a lot of problems. See all of you soon!

Maqsad Suriev
Lecturer of Science, Khorog Campus
(Tajikistan)

My name is Maqsad Suriev, and I am a Lecturer of Science with UCA’s Undergraduate Prepara-tory Programme at the Khorog Campus. I am also a UCA Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP) Fellow. Prior to joining UCA, I was a Research Assistant for seven years with the Research Institute of Chemistry in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. At the Institute, I researched the isolation of organic substances including steroids from natural sources and the synthesis of their new derivatives. I also supervised graduate students and tutored students in Chemistry to gain admission to the Medical University of Dushanbe. Over the years, I have developed experi-ence in conducting gas-chromatography analysis of bile and fatty acids in biosamples. During my graduate study, I worked for numerous science laboratories, accumulating experience in analytical chemistry. I hold a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Siegen, Germany.

Counsellors

Shoaib Atayee
Camp Counsellor, Khorog
(Afghanistan)

My name is Shoaib Atayee and I am from Shughnan, Afghanistan. I graduated from the Aga Khan Lycée school in Khorog, Tajikistan and currently finished the preparatory year at University of Central Asia, majoring in Earth Environmental Science. Throughout my life, I have been to different places and communities, that gave me an understanding of knowing myself better. I came to Khorog when I was 8 years old and have lived in Khorog Tajikistan for over 10 years. I have always been in pursuit of knowledge and learning. Coming to Khorog changed my life for the better and gave me many opportunities in achieving and pursuing my future goals. I also vol-unteer and participate in community service. I have played basketball for four years, participated in regional championships, and was awarded two times as best captain of my team. I am very excited to participate in UCA’s Summer Upgrading Camp, by sharing my knowledge and experi-ence with the students, and also learning from them.

Davis Cooper
Camp Counsellor, Khorog
(Austria)

Hi everyone, my name is Davis and I am from Austria (not Australia!). I am a Student Life Advi-sor at the UCA Khorog campus. This will be my fifth time at the UCA Summer Upgrading Camp and I am as just excited as if it were the first time. I have always tried to experience many new things and as such have worked in a variety of places including, medicine, web design, kindergar-ten and as a DJ. When I am not working, I enjoy playing games on and off the computer as well as doing sports such as running, swimming and team sports. If I had to choose one thing that I would definitely want to do in the future, it would be travelling to outer space (perhaps even liv-ing there). I am looking forward to meeting all of you soon and I am sure we will learn a lot from each other.

Anusher Khumorikov
Camp Counsellor, Khorog
(Tajikistan)

Hi, my name is Anusher Khumorikov, and I was born and raised in Porshinev village in the Shugnan district in Tajikistan. I graduated from the Shohrukh Shogunbekov School #10. In high school I was involved in the education sphere, and always tried to share my knowledge with oth-er students. I was involved in community service and taught English and math to schoolchildren. Currently, I am studying at the University of Central Asia, majoring in Economics. During my first year at UCA, I also managed to be facilitator of UCA’s Teen Book Club and attended in Chess Club. Being a facilitator helped me learn valuable professional skills such as leadership skills, management, student services and basic soft skills. I enjoy reading books, listening to mu-sic, as well as playing volleyball and chess. I participated in UCA’s Summer Camp in 2017, and I look forward to joining UCA’s Summer Upgrading Camp this year and make memories with all the participants.

Bibisoro Kukanbekova
Camp Counsellor, Khorog
(Tajikistan)

My name is Bibisoro Kukanbekova and I am from Khorog, Tajikistan. I graduated from the Aga Khan Lycée in 2018. This year I completed my preparatory year at the University of Central Asia, majoring in Communications and Media and minoring in Computer Sciences. The main reason for choosing these fields of study is my interest in writing, storytelling, debating, and public speak-ing. I have always believed that everyone has a story worth sharing which can change people’s lives and mindsets, and for me, the best way to do that is through writing. I have participated in various debating competitions and took first place in the international debate tournament in Du-shanbe. I have a passion for social change and youth empowerment. I have worked with the “Young Teachers” programme and Youth Forum at high school teaching Russian language and math to younger students, and have organised charitable concerts and fundraising fairs. Moreo-ver, I joined UCA’s Student Association and together with a team addressed the social and aca-demic problems of my fellow students, worked closely with administration and faculty and or-ganised different events and activities. I am looking forward to meeting you all at the Summer Upgrading Camp and hope we will enjoy our time together!

Noureen Lakhani
Camp Counsellor, Khorog
(United Kingdom)

Hi, my name is Noureen and I am from the United Kingdom (UK). Since graduating with a Masters de-gree in Psychology, I have been working in an Educational Psychology Service, supporting young people in accessing education and learning. I will start my Doctorate in Child and Educational Psychology at the University of London from September, but first, I am really excited to be a part of the UCA Summer Upgrading Camp. Given my thirst for travelling and volunteering, I have volunteered at a summer camp in Canada and the UK, as well as in schools in Zambia and Sri Lanka. I am most looking forward to taking in the culture of Central Asia, learning from the participants as well as my colleagues. While I am not travelling, I enjoy running (currently working towards a half marathon!), reading and drinking tea. I can’t wait to build new memories with everyone this summer at UCA.

Aleksey Lee
Camp Counsellor, Khorog
(Kazakhstan)

Hi there! My name is Aleksey. I spent a month at UCA’s Summer Upgrading Camp in Naryn last summer as a camp counsellor, and am very excited to carry on the tradition, and come to Khorog this year. I am from Taraz, Kazakhstan, and am currently pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Com-munications and Media at the University of Central Asia. I am super passionate about graphic design, photography and videography. I worked at UCA’s Enactus and worked on online adver-tising. I am also the Designer Director for UCA’s student newspaper, The Yellow Spaceship, where I develop graphic materials for print and digital use. Apart from that, I would say that teaching and mentoring are the things that inspire me the most. I will do my best to help you learn in the most effective way and broaden your knowledge. I am looking forward to sharing my ex-periences with you. See you soon in Khorog!

Nuriya Mullo-Abdolova
Camp Counsellor, Khorog
(Tajikistan)

Hello everyone! I am Nuriya Mullo-Abdolova from Dushanbe, Tajikistan! I have been lucky to be an alumni of the Future Leaders Exchange Programme (2016-2017) and Global Encounters (2015). In Kenya and the United States, I learnt about becoming independent and about different cultures. Since then, I fell in love with travelling and hope to travel everywhere. One day I plan to visit Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, to experience the life in different cultures. I am studying Economics at the University of Central Asia, and want to help my and other Central Asian countries to develop. In my free time I like to watch movies, read books and hike with friends. I have been involved in different clubs at UCA like Society of Performing Arts, UCA’s Green Community, and female football, where I explore new things and have fun with friends. I am excited to be a counsellor in this camp for the first time and I can’t wait to meet everyone soon!

Masrur Rahimjonov
Camp Counsellor, Khorog
(Tajikistan)

Hello! My name is Masrur Rahimjonov and I am from Khorog, Tajikistan. I used to study at the Aga Khan Lycee in Khorog until the age of 12, which is when I got the chance to study abroad in Kenya for high school. Following graduation from the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa in 2018, I moved on to obtain higher education at the University of Toronto. Currently, I am pursuing a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Physics. I believe it will allow me to help in the development of my hometown of Khorog. Moreover, I enjoy playing sports in general, especially football, chess, and badminton. My hobbies include video gaming, light workouts, reading, film making, and watching lots of movies and series. Aside from all the commonly watched English series, I am a huge anime fan. This will be my second time attending this camp, yet I am just as enthusiastic about the entire experience. I look forward to working with the students and staff to make life-long memories.

Mizhgona Saidvalieva
Camp Counsellor, Khorog
(Tajikistan)

Hey there!  My name is Mizhgona Saidvalieva and I am from Khorog, Tajikistan. Currently I am studying at the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad (India) where I completed the middle years programme. Next year, I will be entering the Diploma programme. At the age of 13, I had an op-portunity to go to India where I was exposed to a completely diverse community that helped me become more open-minded, independent and communicative. My favourite activities include reading non-fiction books and travelling. Community service has become an essential part of my life, and has included biweekly trips to various schools for sharing knowledge to teaching English language during summer holidays. I love meeting new people and learning about diverse commu-nities and backgrounds, and therefore am extremely excited to meet all of you.  At the UCA camp, I hope to share my experiences and help you out in one way or another.

Clara Schultz
Camp Counsellor, Khorog
(Canada)

My name is Clara Pepall Schultz and I am from Ottawa, Canada. I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree (Religious and Cultural Studies) at Concordia University in Montreal in 2017. After a year of further university studies in Chambéry, France, I spent eight months in the French island of Réunion, where I worked as an English-language teaching assistant in two local high schools until April 2019. Since the age of seven, I have spent many summers as a camper and subsequent-ly as a counsellor in three different camps. My interests include wilderness canoeing, hiking and choral singing, as well as a number of sports such as skiing and ringette, a sport very similar to ice hockey. As I also enjoy travel and learning about different cultures, I am very much looking for-ward to meeting everyone at the Summer Upgrading Camp at UCA this summer.

Malika Shogunbekova
Camp Counsellor, Khorog
(Tajikistan)

My name is Malika Shogunbekova and I am from Khorog, Tajikistan. I graduated from the Aga Khan Lycée school, where I was studying in Russian medium. Currently, I am a freshman student at the University of Central Asia in the field of Economics. I am very passionate to become a manager in the future, and I hope to get lots of experience working in different places abroad. I like doing variety of activities such as participating in extracurricular activities, reading books, playing sports, and travelling. All in all, I am an enthusiastic person who strives to learn and enjoy everything I do in my life. I am very excited to spend this summer at UCA’s Summer Upgrading Camp because it will be my first time working as a counsellor. I had a wonderful time being a preparatory year student at UCA, and I believe this is going to be another great experience.


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Staff

Aqib Lakhani
Camp Director, Naryn
(USA)

My name is Aqib Lakhani, and I am from Tampa, Florida in the United States. I attended the University of South Florida and hold a Global Business degree. Originally from Queens, New York, I grew up surrounded by a community that was truly a family. Growing up amongst a sup-portive community cultivated in me the love and passion to serve that community. Ten years ago, I completed a year-long Teacher Educator Programme that gave me the tools necessary to devel-op and facilitate modules concerning teaching styles, pedagogical approaches, and content devel-opment. In addition, I served as the National Programme Manager for the Teacher Educator Pro-gramme for 6 years in the USA. I am most passionate about holistic youth development and love to support all programmes that cater to this segment. I am also passionate about youth camps, for the past 2 years, I served as the National Camp Director for Camp Legacy, a STEP Camp Experi-ence, a programme that I have developed and supported since its inception 8 years ago. I have had the privilege of being part of several camps internationally, in rural Gujarat and other parts of India. Either as Director, core team member, or counsellor I was able to help empower and inspire the youth there to strive for a better quality of life, and I have been fortunate to have many op-portunities to serve my community.

Zuhal Suhrob
Assistant Camp Director, Naryn
(Tajikistan)

My name is Zuhal Suhrob and I am from Khorog, Tajikistan. In 2017, I graduated from the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya and completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Currently I am pursuing a Specialised Honours Degree in International Development Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada. A key factor in choosing my degree is due to my keen interest in human rights, political and social development, and learning languages. My love for languages has already allowed me to become multilingual in English, Tajik, Russian, Shughni (mother tongue), a little bit of Swahili and I am currently learning Italian and French. I have a passion for volunteering and youth development, and enjoy reading, debating, public speaking, dancing, hiking, gym classes and traveling. I love food and over the last year, residing in Canada, my palate has been exposed to fusion food that is very new and enjoyable. This will be my sec-ond time at the UCA Summer Upgrading Camp. After an amazing year last year, I am excited to be back in Central Asia for another successful camp. I am excited to engage in cross-cultural ex-change and broaden my knowledge. I believe diversity widens learning horizons. Please feel free to approach me if you need anything or just want to talk.

Teachers

Rakhat Akylova
English Instructor
(Kyrgyzstan)

Hello everyone! My name is Rakhat Akylova and I am from Naryn, Kyrgyzstan. This will be my second year at UCA’s Summer Upgrading Camp as an English language teacher. Last year was a wonderful experience with active and bright students, as well as with experienced and friendly team of instructors and counsellors. I have over 15 years of English language teaching experience (ELT), including 12 years of conducting GE, EAP and ESP courses at UCA’s School of Profes-sional and Continuing Education (SPCE) as an English Instructor. Within this period of time, I have been upgrading my skills in ELT through courses organised by SPCE. I have expanded my knowledge and obtained number of certificates such as Teaching English for Academic Purposes (University of Ottawa, Canada), Teaching English for Specific Purposes (Trinity College, Lon-don), Teaching  Business English (London of Chamber  of Commerce), Communicative Method-ology of Teaching  English, Shaping the way we teach English (Forum ELT Association), English for Teaching and Teaching for English, Teaching Knowledge Test and the Hornby Summer School for English Teachers (British Council). As a Senior Instructor at SPCE, I have helped cre-ate curricula for certain SPCE English programmes, develop methodology guides and sessions on ELT, and held a series of trainings for local and rural English language teachers. I like learning and always search for new opportunities to learn. I encourage all my students to be active, and am very proud of their achievements. At UCA’s Summer Upgrading Camp, I look forward to new experiences, teaching, meeting people and learning new things.

Mavzuna Mukairshoeva
English Instructor, Naryn
(Tajikistan)

My name is Mavzuna Mukairshoeva and I am a Professional Development Trainer at Aga Khan Lycee (AKL), Khorog of the Aga Khan Education Service. I have Bachelor of Arts degree in English Laguage from Khorog State University, and completed various of courses in teaching methodology, EAP, EfB, TKT, and have built up key skills in academic, professional and voluntary experiences. Before joining AKL, I have worked for private schools and lycees both in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and was lucky to join UCA’s School of Professional and Contining Education as an English Instructor in 2011. In addition to this role, I have worked with the Multi-Input Area Development Project to teach English language courses in Afganistan for three years. Since September 2017, I have been teaching Cambridge Courses including KET, PET and FCE levels at the AKES. Apart from teaching, I have a solid administrative working experience. Although I had previously worked as a Camp Supervisor, I am really looking forwad to joining this Camp, where I am sure we all will have great opportunity for teaching, learning, and having fun together. I am looking forward to seeing you all!

Nozukmo Rustambekova
English Instructor, Naryn
(Tajikistan)

My name is Nozukmo Rustambekova and I am from Khorog, Tajikistan. Currently I work as an English Instructor at UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE). My teaching career with SPCE began in 2009 where I conduct Conversational English classes (from pre-beginner to upper-intermediate levels), English for Academic Purposes to Grades 10 and 11, Book Club, subject specific modules for the postgraduate preparatory program of IIS. Previously I worked at the Aga Khan Lycee, Khorog, Tajikistan as an English Teacher for lower and higher grades students. Soon after that, I joined the Aga Khan School in Osh (Kyrgyzstan), initially as an English Teacher, and following receipt of my Master in Education, I was promoted to Profes-sional Development Trainer.  My main responsibilities included developing and enriching the cur-riculum for English Language teachers, and planning and conducting need-based methodology workshops for school teachers. I hold a number of certificates from courses in teaching method-ology, child and human rights, leadership and management, critical thinking, as well as from UCA’s Aga Khan Humanities Project. I am also certified with a Cambridge Certificate for Teachers Knowledge Test (TKT) and a Certificate from Junior Faculty Development Program (Nebraska, USA -Wayne State University).

Ilias Satylganov
Math Instructor, Naryn
(Kyrgyzstan)

My name is Ilias Satylganov and I am from Kyrgyzstan. I am a Teacher of Mathematics at the Sebat Educational Organisation in Kyrgyzstan. Previously, I worked as a Teacher of Mathematics at Gench Adam Private School in Turkey. I hold Master of Education and Bachelor Science de-grees in Mathematics from Gazi University in Ankara (Turkey). This will be my first-year teaching at UCA’s Summer Upgrading Camp. I am very excited and looking forward to meeting you!

Dr. Poonam Shokeen
Science Instructor, Naryn
(India)

I am Dr. Poonam Shokeen from Delhi, India. Currently, I am working as an International Bacca-laureate (IB) Coordinator and Science Teacher in an International School in Bishkek and have been living in Kyrgyzstan since 2016. I love the challenges of being away from my home country and have enjoyed every part of being in Bishkek. Earlier, I was one of the founding members of one of the most reputed International School in India, where I worked as a Senior Science faculty and taught different science subjects in the IB and IGCSE curriculum. My current role, along with being an examiner of different components of IB usually keeps me very busy. However, I love listening to spiritual things in my free time. Teaching students from various different back-grounds is always stimulating. I eagerly look forward to be part of the UCA’s Summer Upgrad-ing Camp, which will be an opportunity to contribute to learning, as well as to learn from others. 

Counsellors

Najmiya Abdurahmonova
Camp Counsellor, Naryn
(Tajikistan)

My name is Najmiya and I was born and raised in Khorog, Tajikistan. I graduated from Aga Khan Lycee Khorog in 2015. After that, I studied in Minnesota, USA with the Future Leaders Exchange program for a year. Currently, I have completed my sophomore year at UCA majoring in Economics and minoring in Communication and Media. I am passionate about education, serv-ing others and volunteerism. Over the last three years, I have been volunteering in various capaci-ties. This is my second time as a camp counsellor at UCA’s Summer Upgrading Camp and I have also counselled for UCA’s Winter Upgrading Programme in Naryn. I enjoyed my time counsel-ling for these two programme, and have realised that this is what I want to do this summer, and also maybe the summers ahead. Lastly, I love exploring new cultures and meeting people with different backgrounds. I am looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you and make this summer upgrading camp unforgettable!

Jonathan Liu
Camp Counsellor, Naryn
(USA)

Hey all! My name is Jonathan Liu and I am from Los Angeles, California in the United States. I graduated from UCLA in June 2018, with a major in Global Studies and a minor in Digital Hu-manities. Since graduation I have been living in the Ak-Talaa region of Naryn, where I work as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English in my village’s local school. I have been lucky enough to have travelled to 20 countries, which has allowed me to experience new cultures, meet new peo-ple, and best of all, eat new food! When I have free time in my village, I enjoy writing, reading, working out, riding horses, and helping out my host brother and host father. I am also fluent in Kyrgyz, and I hope that fluency will be able to help campers better understand the English lan-guage. I look forward to meeting everyone and making this camp an unforgettable experience!

Aminulloh Mamadziyoev
Camp Counsellor, Naryn
(Tajikistan)

Hello, I am Aminulloh Mamadziyoev, but you can call me Amin. I am 18 and I was born and raised in Khorog, Tajikistan. I just graduated from the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa, and am heading to study Economics in Georgetown University Qatar. This is my second year being part of UCA’s Summer Upgrading Camp in Naryn. During my time in high school I was involved in many community and service projects; “Stand Up Shout Out” (SUSO) is one of these projects that I worked closely with. It is a global organisation, striving to be the voice for the voiceless in different parts of the world, and focuses on issues such as poverty and environment. As a Media and Marketing Director of SUSO, I had an opportunity to work with other people and helped in bringing a positive change. During my free time, I go to the gym, read comic books, play a lot of video games and hang out with friends. I play football and basketball, I am also a big fan of mar-vel cinematic and anime. I am looking forward to work at the Summer Upgrading Camp of 2019 and share my experience with the students, as well as improve my interpersonal skills and estab-lish positive relationships.

Inaara Muhammad
Camp Counsellor, Naryn
(USA)

Hi! my name is Inaara, and I am very excited to work with y’all this summer! I was born in Kara-chi, Pakistan, and raised in Dallas, Texas. Currently, I live in San Fransisco, California, and I am a student at U.C. Berkeley double majoring in Economics and Ethnic Studies. Through my journey, I have worked on various Microfinance and Education Development projects around California. I am fascinated by culture's role in community development and hope to use my degrees as a re-source to improve quality of life globally. When I am not in the library, I enjoy travelling, writing poetry, and hiking. I am very excited to learn each one of y'alls stories, and to make unforgettable memories together at camp!

Kristi Rhead
Camp Counsellor, Naryn
(USA)

Hello! My name is Kristi Rhead and I am originally from a small mountain town in the state of Utah in the United States. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University in 2018 as a student athlete with degrees in International Studies and French, I moved to Reunion Island (a small but diverse French department in the Indian Ocean) where I spent the last 8 months as an English Instructor. Before that, I was a camp counsellor for a travelling French summer camp in the American West, as well as a translator for a France-based ski company and an intern for a United States Congresswoman. In my extra time, I enjoy skiing, hiking, exploring, playing volleyball, travelling, and language learning. I am especially passionate about intercultural exchange, and while at Johns Hopkins I had the chance to approach this topic academically in writing my thesis about interethnic/interreligious coexistence in Marseille, France. I also plan on continuing to study these ideas when I start my Master’s Degree at the University of Chicago this autumn. This will be my first time as a counsellor at the UCA Summer Upgrading Camp (and my first time in Cen-tral Asia!), and I can’t wait to put everything I have learned to work, to be part of such an amaz-ing camp, to learn, to share, and to meet each of you!

Alidovar Sodatsairov
Camp Counsellor, Naryn
(Tajikistan)

Hello everyone! My name is Alidovar Sodatsairov and I live in Khorog, Tajikistan. I am studying in the University of Central Asia and majoring in Earth and Environmental Sciences. Since be-coming involved with international programmes, I started to value the concept of learning, and tried to give out as much as I learned. Within two years of being at UCA, I have participated in different clubs and activities related to organising, planning, volunteering in different events such as open house, parent’s day and open doors as well as interacting with the outside community by leading a math and English club for Grades 9 to 11 students. I enjoy spending time with friends, am interested in biking, like to play different outdoor and indoor sports, and love to read comic books. I am also interested in traveling to different places to explore and learn the knowledge that cannot be learnt by watching videos or reading. Lastly, I am very excited to participate at the Summer Upgrading Camp for the second time!

Zarnisso Tolibshoeva
Camp Counsellor, Naryn
(Tajikistan)

My name is Zarnisso Tolibshoeva and I am from Khorog, Tajikistan. I am currently in Grade 11 studying at the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad (India). I have always been passionate about sharing my experience and knowledge with the developing community. I have always found my-self in the service of people, such that I have participated and worked with "Khirad NGO" in partnership with "Counterpart International". Most of my time I spend reading and writing books. Moreover, I enjoy playing sports, musical instruments and I am really interested in theatre and arts. Notably, being a student at the academy, has helped me to be more open-minded, pluralistic and optimistic about the changing world. At the UCA Summer Upgrading Camp 2019, I will be very interested to share my experience with you and I am eagerly waiting to get to know you.

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