Class of 2022
Putra Kusdarman joins GHD after his Peace Corps service in Zambia where he served as part of the Rural Education Development project. During his two years in northern Zambia, he collaborated with Zambian teachers on TEFL methodologies, positive learning techniques, and classroom management strategies. Additionally, he worked with his community in HIV/AIDS sensitization, malaria prevention, and youth empowerment. He previously worked on the presidential campaign of presidential candidate Joko Widodo, who is now the President of Indonesia, as part of the survey and research team.
Putra was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia prior to moving to northern Virginia in 2006. He graduated from George Mason University with a BA in Global Affairs and a concentration in International Development. Putra speaks English and Bahasa Indonesia fluently, with intermediate proficiencies in Bemba and Spanish. Putra joins GHD in hopes to continue his studies in development to address the global climate crisis and issues of sustainability. He is also interested in the roles of NGOs and grassroots movements in development.