Jake Smith, Special Projects, earned a degree in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Washington. While working on his degree, Jake’s participation in two study abroad programs in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan reinforced his passion for Central Asia. Jake went on to spend six years supporting educational and cultural exchange programs in Central Asia with an international nonprofit, four years of which were based in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. His most recent travels include Iran, China, the South Caucasus, and Kamchatka.
PUBLISHED: January 15, 2014