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Assistant Field Office Coordinator

Karen Bajda

Karen works at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC. As a Global Mobility Specialist, she is responsible for advising international staff and families as they post to assignment locations all over the world so that they can effectively integrate into the new environment. After a year of teaching, she stumbled upon the global mobility industry and has been working in this space for the past 8 years in both the private and public sector. This work has broadened her interest in cross-cultural training and international education.  It has also allowed her to appreciate the complexity of being a “global nomad” or “third culture kid”, thus bringing perspective to her upbringing as a child of Polish immigrants in the US. Karen holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Connecticut, and she is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International Education from the School for International Training in Vermont. Her Master’s coursework has drawn her to Semester at Sea as a premiere comparative global studies program, and she looks forward to witnessing the transformational global mindset that it evokes in fellow voyagers – perhaps a key piece to her thesis work!