Bonderman Travel Fellowship

Alex Smolak

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Social Work


2006 Fellows

Travel Locations: Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, India, Tibet

Smolak’s vision is to experience the holy places and communities of six major world religions in their places of birth. He will travel to the significant holy sites of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the Middle East. In this region, he intends to focus on Israel and Saudi Arabia, but also plans to visit Iran and Turkey due to the presence of all three Abrahamic religions in both of these countries. When traveling to the significant holy sites of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikhism in Asia, he will focus on India and Tibet.

Alumni Reflections

How did the Bonderman impact your life?

“The Bonderman allowed me to witness, that despite different religions and cultures, people are all essential driven by similar motives and aspirations.”

What are you doing now?

“Working in global health continues to inspire me. I also value running my non-profit farm and animal sanctuary.”