Join International Programs for the fifth installment in their Global Alumni Spotlight Series featuring alumnus Geoffrey D'Souza (BS political science ‘01). D'Souza will talk with UI International Programs Associate Provost and Dean Russ Ganim about his experiences living and working in Ukraine and how the country has changed over the course of the past 20 years.
Free and open to the public, the discussion will be held on June 22, 2022, from 6-7 p.m. (CDT), and will take place virtually through Zoom.
Geoffrey D'Souza was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa, and received a BS in political science from the University of Iowa in 2001. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine from 2002 until 2005, teaching English in the rural mountain village of Dubove for two years and the town of Kalush for another year. D'Souza received a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan with a focus on education policy in 2008. Longing for a return to international life, in 2011 he went back to Ukraine, where he spent almost seven years in the western city of Lviv, primarily teaching English at a language training center, but also taking on additional teaching work at Ukrainian Catholic University, a few IT offices, and a call center. He left Ukraine for China in 2018, where he spent a year in Beijing teaching English at a public elementary school and two years in the city of Anyang teaching at a private middle school, returning to Beijing where he taught at a public middle school before deciding to permanently resettle in the U.S. in March 2022.