Dora Tobar's Story

In part two of this New York Times series, Dora and her older brother Erick talked about their family’s journey from Guatemala to the Bay Area following the tragic killing of their father.

Dora also shared how she was inspired by her older siblings to pursue higher education and opportunities to volunteer and travel. In fact, the article even references her two Summer Search trips!

In high school, Ms. Tobar visited Arizona for a solo backpacking trip and helped build houses in the Dominican Republic.

Dora’s Arizona backpacking trip was an 18-day program with DEVA Healing Center during the summer after her sophomore year. The following summer, she traveled to the Dominican Republic on an international service program with Global Leadership Adventures and 7 Elements.