*Velizara was born in Sofia, Bulgaria shortly before the hard times that
switching to a Capitalist system brought. She grew up studying in public schools and after middle school was one of 130 to be accepted to the well-respected American College of Sofia. In the summer of 2003, Velizara traveled to Denmark in order to represent Bulgaria at the international Camp Rising Sun among 56 other girls from 42 different countries. In September 2006, Velizara moved to Hanover, New Hampshire to attend Dartmouth College. She has taken advantage of one of the best aspects of this prestigious institution--Foreign Study Programs. Velizara has studied Art History in Rome, Italy and Anthropology in Auckland, New Zealand. In September 2009,
right after the KIVA Fellowship, she will spend two months in Berlin, Germany studying history, theater, literature, and culture. Throughout her Dartmouth experience, Velizara has been an involved leader in various diverse communities and she plans to keep exploring the different ways to facilitate social change.