Hi! My name is Julia Darcy and I am a fourth-year International Business student at LIM College. LIM College is the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising and although I originally wanted to develop a career in fashion, my interests have shifted towards educational attainment rates in developing countries, global impact, and sustainability. I have completed two fashion internships based in production and product development, but my most recent internship at Eleis Farm has been the most impactful. Eleis Farm is a family social enterprise based in Guinea, West Africa, that produces, packages, and markets sustainable red palm oil. It was here that I discovered my inherent desire to work for companies with a central goal of impacting people and bettering societies.
I am extremely excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Social Media and Communications team at Impact Network. A quality education is a crucial aspect of achievement and success and I believe that every child has a right to education, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic status.
One word that has been used to describe me is wanderlust; the desire to travel to understand one’s existence. I love to visit places that I have never been to before and learn about local traditions and culture from the countries’ inhabitants. I have traveled to Italy, England, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and the Netherlands. One of my aspirations is to visit every continent and more than 100 countries.
The realization that I am passionate about people and interested in non-profits and non-governmental organizations occurred while I completed my first mission trip to El Batey, Dominican Republic. I traveled to the DR with my mother and three other mission workers through the organization Foundation for Peace. During my first trip, we painted the church in the community, hosted a community forum, and organized Vacation Bible School sessions for the children in the community. During my second trip, we built a perimeter wall surrounding the children’s playground and hosted two community forums since the number of active members in the community doubled since the previous year’s trip. I bonded with the children, particularly the young girls, and learned about their educational struggles. The girls in El Batey usually do not attain a high school diploma due to the community not having a high school and the lengthy, costly travel associated with getting to the nearest high school in the city Piedra Blanca. I am traveling to El Batey for a third time this summer and plan to use my knowledge gained at Impact Network to better influence the girls and women in the community.