Originally from Chapel Hill, N.C., Samantha Burch moved to Athens to work with the UGA programs in Cortona, Costa Rica, and Oxford. She graduated from Elon University in May 2016 with a bachelor of arts degree in both environmental studies and international studies, with a concentration in Latin America, as well as minor in Spanish.
Samantha studied abroad in Granada, Spain, Ghana, and traveled to Costa Rica to compete on an international stage with her Division I varsity soccer team. This afforded her the opportunity to become a published author and co-editor of a book about her experiences abroad.
Her interest in international education was sparked by a high school environmental program in the British Virgin Islands. She has since traveled to Mexico, Peru, and Portugal. In her spare time, she enjoys a good pick-up soccer game, running, hiking, and painting.
Maggie Faz Perry began her career in international education by serving as the Assistant Director for the UGA at Oxford Program and has since transitioned to working for The Office of International Education as Residential Center Coordinator. Ms. Faz Perry graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in Psychology. She spent her junior year living abroad, and feels that international education is an integral part of any college degree. Ms. Faz Perry finds facilitating study abroad experiences a rewarding professional goal.