Bridgid O’Brien is an international Good Shepherd Volunteer in Nong Khai, Thailand, working with an organization that provides care, resources and income-generating opportunities for individuals affected and infected with HIV/AIDS. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, she holds a B.A. in psychology from Boston College, where she was a dedicated four-year member of the Irish Dance Team and a staff writer and editor for the online college magazine, Her Campus Boston College. She also worked as a teacher’s assistant in a local fifth-grade classroom and spent her summers working at a therapeutic camp for children on the autism spectrum.
After graduation in 2013, Bridgid joined Good Shepherd Volunteers’ domestic program at a placement site in Baltimore, Maryland, where she worked at a residential treatment center for adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral disorders as a teacher in their autism and special education school. Then she committed to a second year with Good Shepherd Volunteers. Bridgid is still amazed by the Thai people and the peaceful quiet and stillness of life in Thailand. Working with patients with HIV has ignited a passion for health care in her, and she plans to apply to nurse practitioner programs after finishing her term in Nong Khai.