Amelia Earnest

Amelia Earnest (PC '14) was raised just outside of Richmond, Virginia and is majoring in Global Affairs. Her primary interests revolve around global health, writing, the Spanish language, and international affairs. On campus, she enjoys leading freshmen hiking trips throughout the Northeast as a FOOT leader, serving as a weekly English- speaking partner for an Iraqi refugee family through Yale Refugee Project, and working as a Master's Aide for Pierson College. Through her work with Yale Refugee Project, she is beginning a new set of programs focused on refugees' health status and access to health services. Her interest in speaking Spanish led her to take classes in Quito, Ecuador in the summer of 2011 and to become involved in a YIRA trip making a documentary about the Huaorani, an indigenous tribe in Ecuador, in December of 2011. In the summer of 2012, Amelia worked in Lima, Peru with an NGO studying the effects of economic interventions on tuberculosis-ridden communities. With the generous support of the Global Health Fellows program, she was able to spend the summer of 2013 in South Africa writing for an online publication that focuses on public health and human rights issues. She is grateful to the Global Health Fellows for the program’s guidance and support and is very excited to collaborate in the global health community, both at Yale and in the professional world. 

  • Cape Town's Sanitation Problem

    Cape Town
    South Africa

    With the generous support of the Global Health Studies program, Amelia spent the summer of 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa working in an internship that combined her interest in global health, social justice, and writing.  For eight weeks, Amelia worked for GroundUp, a community journalism project and recent startup that publishes articles online, weekly (  Because GroundUp focuses on stories from the townships—topics that are not getting attention in mainstream media—a great majority of its weekly content pertains to the health problems facing the marginalized and largely impoverished populations living in these poorly designed communities of the Apartheid era.

    All of GroundUp’s paid writers are originally from the communities about which they now write. Each year, GroundUp trains close to twenty hopefuls from the townships in journalistic writing, and then hires the best three or four. While working at GroundUp, Amelia helped with that selection process, mentored new writers, and evaluated their news pieces. Additionally, Amelia edited, wrote, photographed, and attended events in the field. The majority of her articles pertained to the sanitation problems in the townships, which put many people at risk of danger and disease.

Global Affairs