Alumni Reflect on Working and Serving Abroad

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Alumni Reflect on Working and Serving Abroad
Dan Ressner ’99

As 13 seniors graduate with the International Diploma this year, we asked Scott Goldcott ’12 and Hillary Margolis ’10 to share their inspirations for going abroad — and what they brought back.

With an impressive 13 members of the Class of 2022 graduating with the Ravenscroft International Diploma this year, we reached out to some of the many alumni who have spent time abroad working, studying and serving. Here, Scott Goldcott ’12 and Hillary Margolis ’10 reflect on what inspired them to go and what they brought back home.

Tell us about your international experience.


Scott Goldcott ’12: After graduating college, I decided to branch out and challenge myself. I moved to Southeast Asia and became an English teacher in Chachoengsao, Thailand. I ended up teaching and traveling for about two years, from 2017 to 2019.

Hillary Margolis ’10: My first trip to Africa was in the summer of 2011, in between my freshman and sophomore years of college. I went to volunteer with International Student Volunteers at an after-school program in Langa, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. Afterward, I spent a few weeks exploring other parts of South Africa and nearby Swaziland (now Eswatini) and Mozambique. The countries I visited, the warmth of the people, the ancient culture and traditions, the nature and intuitive sense of aliveness I felt while there left a mark on me, and I knew I had to return.

So, many years later, in 2018, when I decided to take the leap and apply for the Peace Corps, I ranked health programs in Africa as my top preference. After an extensive clearance process and two reassignments, I ended up in Uganda. My site was in Ntungamo, a beautiful but remote district in the lush, hilly region of southwestern Uganda, not far from the Rwanda and DRC borders. There, I lived at a rural health center run by Catholic nuns for 18 months, working to implement health education programs at the clinic, in a secondary school and in harder-to-reach areas of my community.

Goldcott with his students in Chachoengsao, Thailand.

Margolis with fellow residents in Ntungamo, Uganda.

Read more about the many Ravenscroft alumni who’ve made international connections, our global education opportunities and how our culture of philanthropy supports travel, service and cross-cultural learning through our One World features.

Scott Goldcott ’12

Hillary Margolis ’10