Jeremy Vallerand

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Since completing the Foreign Service Programme (now called the Diplomatic Studies Programme), Jeremy launched an NGO that combats human trafficking around the world. As part of the DSP 50th anniversary we asked Jeremy to reflect back on his time here at Oxford (2009-10).

'Before I joined the FSP I was interning with a US Ambassador and had CoFounded Climb for Captives, an adventure philanthropy initiative to fight human trafficking. What inspired me to apply was the opportunity to study at Oxford with colleagues from all around the world.

'The most enjoyable aspect of the course was the travel study trips and I gained a global community of friends, a greater understanding of international relations, and an increased passion to impact the world around me.

'Since completing the FSP programme, I launched an NGO called Rescue:Freedom International that combats human trafficking around the world (currently in 18 countries). We have offices in Seattle and Washington DC and focus specifically on ending sexual exploitation.

'The FSP programme helped to give me the tools and the confidence to work around the world with governments, NGO's, corporations, and community stakeholders.

'For someone who is considering applying for the FSP programme, I would say do it! There's no other programme in the world like it. and there's no place in the world like Oxford.'

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