Samantha Fien-Helfman

Samantha Fien-Helfman
  • Class of 2009
  • Hometown: Washington, DC
  • Major(s): Marketing & Psychology
  • Archived Blogger

About Samantha Fien-Helfman

I graduated from William & Mary in December of 2009, and was far from ready for the stereotypical, dreaded office job that characterizes post-graduation. A fellow student had told me about Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, an international nonprofit that provides food, housing, and an education to over 3300 abandoned or children in nine homes throughout Central, South America, and the Caribbean. I was accepted into the Guatemala home and arrived in January 2010 to begin immediate work as an English teacher for 5 classes – ranging in age and level from preschool to 8th grade.

I spent the following 13 months at NPH: a transformational experience both professionally and personally and fell in love with the home and Guatemala. After completing my 13 months at NPH, I decided to embark on a new journey with fellow alumni, Jed Talvacchia (WM ’08) before returning to the States.

Posts by Samantha Fien-Helfman

Springing into Action

When I picture the typical college spring break, I imagine a tropical locale such as Miami or Cancun. I envision shirtless men with steroid-like

World, Hold On.

  A group of friends and I went to the Outerbanks on Friday just for the night. That’s one of the many beautiful things about college…

SE Asia in Pictures


Winter in Paradise

Less than a week ago I was in Paradise. Literally. It was the scene that covers the walls of college dorm rooms all over the country….

Home for the Holidays

After three hours of driving and jamming out to embarrassingly awful songs alone in my reliable Saturn, I finally made it home to DC.

Old Rag, New Sights

We've finally done it. After countless strings of e-mails and "I think I might have too much work" freak-outs, four friends and I packed the car

Royal Keepsakes

I always loved photographs: the ability of a photo to express or convey that which my words could not. This past weekend was absolutely

An Alumni Invasion

A first lady once said, "I have been very happy with my homes, but homes really are no more than the people who live

A 35-Hour Road Trip

Fall break is supposed to be four days. A traditional weekend plus an added Monday and Tuesday of no classes. This four day weekend typically consists