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A journey in Public Health from Nebušice to Bonn via Cambridge, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Scholarship Program at ISP provides transformational opportunities for deserving local students for whom an ISP education would otherwise be out of financial reach. All our scholars continue their education and go to university on another scholarship and go on to lead healthy, fulfilling, and purposeful lives, contributing responsibly to our changing world!

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Tereza graduating from Cambridge

ISP Scholarship Recipient Tereza Kaplanová (Class of 2010) is a Public Health Specialist who Works at the intersection of Public Health and Human Rights. Tereza has lived internationally since graduation from ISP, with studies in the UK culminating in a postgraduate degree from the University of Cambridge. Tereza then worked in public health in the UK before stints with the World Health Organisation and Médecins Sans Frontières in Africa, before her current work in Bonn in international health development.  

Where in the world are you and what are you doing now? Currently living in Germany and working in the German development sector, specifically coordinating a multi-country programme (in Africa and Asia) promoting the right to food. I  recently worked for the World Health Organisation in Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo (where she is photographed above at an erupting volcano), giving support to a polio epidemic there. Before that, I was involved in a Médecins Sans Frontières Mission medical mission to South Sudan. I hold an MPhil in Public Health from the University of Cambridge.

Tereza and colleague on an assignment in Zambia

What do you intend to do in the future?  I plan to stay where I am for some years. I have greatly enjoyed my working travels in Africa and well as recent travels to Patagonia in Argentina and elsewhere in South America, but I am looking forward to being settled in one place for a while! 

Tereza in South Sudan

How has being the recipient of an ISP Scholarship affected your life? It has made me to identify as a part of an international community and provided me with much inspiration about the possibilities in life. Ultimately, it led me to pursue a degree in the UK and study for a postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge, start working in international development and dedicate my career to providing assistance to countries affected by poverty, wars and crises.

Tereza’s senior yearbook entry

Have you a specific memory of your time at ISP that you would like to share? I have already shared in my interview previously: when once after class, I was stressing out about which university to apply to, and Teacher Shannon Leggett told me: “don’t worry so much, no matter where you go, you will be successful!”

A picture of a more “normal” life in Germany

If you hadn’t attended ISP, how do you think your life might have turned out differently? I would probably still be in the Czech Republic and somewhat blind to the endless possibilities the world offers and to the fact that I am the one who can turn them into reality. ISP transformed me into an international citizen keen to tackle global challenges.

I would say that studying at ISP has enabled me to fully develop my potential and also made me realise two important things. First of all, besides my Czech identity, I developed an international one which was making me more and more curious and also connected to the world around. And second, I was grateful to ISP for the scholarship opportunity, and this strengthened my will to give back to society.

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