Alumna Interview: Karin Avila (1990)
What year or years did you attend AIS-Salzburg at what grade levels?
I attended “SIPS” (now AIS-Salzburg) from 1987 – 1990, grades 10-12, graduating in 1990.
Have you remained in contact with any former AIS-Salzburg classmates?
Yes! I’ve been fortunate to reconnect with several classmates on Facebook and other social media. I’ve also kept in touch with close friends over the years, including attending weddings and visiting each other on occasion. Several of us attended a reunion in Salzburg in 2017, and we are planning our next one.
What have you done academically since graduating from AIS-Salzburg?
After returning to California, it was less than a year that I began to feel out of place and missed Europe deeply. A friend of mine told me about an English-speaking college in Heidelberg, Germany. I went back to Europe and studied in Germany for two years, and then I returned to California to finish college in San Francisco, graduating with a Bachelor’s in International Relations.
After a few years, I went back to school to earn a Master’s in Environmental Management. I chose to study at the University of San Francisco, in part because it included a study-abroad program. I lived outside Budapest for 10 weeks and did an internship at the REC Regional Environmental Center where I made connections with environmentalists from non-profits in Eastern and Central European. Shortly after graduating, I returned to Romania for two weeks to learn about and help promote eco-tourism.