Abigail Holtz studied English Literature and Italian language at the University of Maryland. Immediately after graduation, she began an internship with AVSI teaching English at the Cardinal Otunga High school in Nairobi, Kenya. After the internship was complete, she continued teaching, but this time at the K-12 school Colegio International Kolbe, in Madrid, Spain. After a year she returned to the D.C. area to pursue a master in Education and has been teaching full time at a local public high school for the past three years. Ms. Holtz has also seen AVSI's activities in Quito Ecuador where her sister, Sarah Holtz, works.