Dominican Republic Director
Wes Hedden first joined VISIONS in 2007 to help lead VISIONS Nicaragua. The next three summers he staffed in Vietnam where he was the Program Director in 2010. Wes earned his B.A. from Tulane University where he majored in philosophy and Latin American Studies. In 2005 Wesley studied abroad at the University of Buenos Aires where he acquired a lasting passion for history.
Since graduating college, Wesley has lived in China, Vietnam, Myanmar [Burma], and Cambodia, teaching English and world history and working in various capacities for NGOs. Wesley speaks Vietnamese and Spanish and can get by in Burmese and Khmer. He currently lives in Ratanakiri, Cambodia.
In September 2010 Wes launched Sarus Exchange Program, an inter-cultural exchange program for Vietnamese and Cambodian university students whose name is derived from the endangered Sarus Crane, which migrates annually between the wetlands of Cambodia and Vietnam. Wes was awarded a Princeton-In-Asia Carrie Gordon Fellowship to create this unique program based, in part, on VISIONS’ philosophy and framework.
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