Staff Spotlight: Maghan Knight!

Meet the woman behind the computer - Maghan Knight, FIMRC's Global Health Volunteer Program Manager. She's the one who helps you plan your trips, answers those late night calls, and answers emails at lightening speed (some people think she's a robot!)! 

Tell us a bit about yourself and your interests:

I am from a small town in South Carolina and went to undergrad at Clemson University (Go Tigers!). I love football, comfort food, and adventure. I spend a great deal of time cooking and always enjoy exploring new restaurants in the area! 

How did you decide to pursue a career in global health?

When I first began my undergrad studies, I explored both Nursing and Microbiology, but ultimately decided on a degree in Spanish and International Health with an emphasis in Community Development. I always knew that I wanted to be involved in healthcare in some way, but after my first volunteer trip with FIMRC, I fell in love with global health!

As a member of FIMRC's Clemson chapter, I continued to travel each year to sites in Nicaragua, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. Each trip only furthered my interest in international development. In my last semester, I returned to the Dominican Republic to serve as a Global Health Ambassador with FIMRC where I partnered with Drexel MPH students on the development and implementation of a nutrition curriculum.

After graduation, I decided I was not quite ready to end my involvement with FIMRC! When the Global Health Volunteer Program Manager position became available, I jumped at the opportunity to help other students plan their own volunteer experiences!

What surprised you most about working at FIMRC HQ?

The power of passionate people! With only a handful of stateside employees, I am always amazed at what we are able to accomplish together! :)

What advice do you have to those who want to volunteer?

Do it! Through each volunteer trip, I was able to learn about another culture and to witness global health in action. Each experience was vastly different and challenged me in unique ways. Through travel, I learned a great deal about myself and my hope is that I can help other students do the same!

What is the funniest thing you've experienced at FIMRC HQ?

I believe she would prefer I not tell...well, if I'm being honest, Abi set the office on fire. In a moment of panic, she stared at the burning carpet. It took my full Nalgene to put it out!

What is a typical day like for you at the office?

I arrive at the office around 9am and immediately start on emails - we receive a lot! I work with potential volunteers to determine the best fit for their experience, I help volunteers through the enrollment process, and coordinate with field staff teams to ensure smooth travel for everyone!

I also enjoy working on special initiatives such as collaborating with our video editor and graphic design teams. We have such incredibly creative folks that work with us to bring our mission to life and we have a lot of fun throwing around new ideas!

In the afternoon, I typically run to a coffee shop for another cup - I'm addicted!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I made the move to Philadelphia in 48 hours! I flew back from the Dominican, packed my car, and made the 12 hour drive from South Carolina. I was completely unprepared for the snow, had no idea how to navigate a subway, and got lost every morning for the first two weeks of work. It was a whirlwind, but I had so much fun!

Posted on February 18, 2015 and filed under Headquarters.