Abram, a 2004 graduate of Hamilton
College, is currently serving with the Peace
Corps in South Africa. Working as an
education resource volunteer, Abram,
25, hopes to put his degree in
government, and previous community
service experience, to good use.
“Education is the foundation
of society. It
sounds cliché, but with education,
everything really is possible,” he
departure in July 2006, Chris spent
two years in Washington D.C., working on education policy at the
National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ),
a non-governmental agency that
advocates for better teaching at the
federal, state and local level.
He also volunteered for
Horton’s Kids, a comprehensive
program that works to improve the
daily lives of impoverished children.
“[Working at the NCTQ] was
interesting and it gave me a policy
background, but after a year I decided
I wanted to do more work on the
ground. And since I
already have friends and connections
in South Africa, it just made sense,” says Abram.
Abram '04 scouts out the
in South Africa.
Six months into
his two-year journey, Chris has now
settled into life in the township
of Sidlamfa with his extended
South African family. According
to his American family, back in
Danvers, Mass., he is thriving. “We
are of the Peace Corps generation, so
it pleases us greatly to see John F.
Kennedy’s legacy being carried on,”
says his mother Carolyn Abram.
Hamilton, Chris was co-chair of the senior
gift committee, a member of the Delta
Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Young Alumni
Leadership Program, Men’s Crew team
and a DJ on WHCL.