Helena Carpio

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

I am a 22-year-old Venezuelan with a keen disposition to explore the world and tell its stories. I'm a photographer and a published journalism student with interests in international relations, Sub-saharan Africa affairs, Venezuelan affairs, politics, history, culture, music, literature and art.

When I was sixteen I co-founded a Venezuelan non-profit (CIMA) with the mission of improving living standards in some of Caracas' impoverished communities. At twenty I was elected Editor-in-Chief of Boston University's International Relations Review, a publication run, funded, and written entirely by students. At twenty-one I was president of the 2013 Plan Pais Conference at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This event was a two-day conference for Venezuelan students from all over the world, who met in Boston to discuss the country's problems, learn from academic speakers and expand networking platforms.

This year I intend to graduate from Boston University and find my next adventure.

In the meantime, I periodically write political, analytical and poetic pieces for Venezuelan opinion and journalism blogs. I also enjoy hiking, riding Dean (my bicycle), experimenting with photography, going to music concerts and discovering new bands.

Background photo: shows "Pico Humboldt," Venezuela's second highest peak (16,207 ft). The photo was taken from "Alto de la Laguna Verde," the day before we reached the peak's summit. December 2014

  • Education
    • Boston University