Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Paul Bonwich: From Navy Officer to International Development Professional

Paul on one of his many trips abroad.

May 28, 2014

While studying abroad in Australia, Paul developed a strong interest in traveling. He loved the level of freedom it brought, be it crossing the country by train or wandering through a city. After graduating from college Paul went into the Navy and served as a naval officer for four years. This work led him to visit four continents and over a dozen countries. His favorite part about this travel was interacting with other cultures.

Upon leaving the navy, Paul tried out a career in business but says it just wasn’t for him. He decided to refocus his career on international work and in the process found out about the Peace Corps Master’s International program. This program allowed him to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Macedonia for two years, as well as earn a Master of Public Administration. Using the skills he has learned both at the Institute and abroad, he is looking forward to his next job working with international NGOs in the former Soviet Union.