Announcing Fall 2011 IE3 scholarship recipients!
Noted on August 25, 2011 by Giustina P. in
Heather Cereda, Western Oregon University student interning with University Studies Centre (USC) in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
I grew up in Grants Pass, Oregon with the dream of becoming an elementary school teacher. I am currently in the progress of fulfilling that dream at Western Oregon University. This fall will be the start of my third year, and I will be entering the Education Program at Western following my arrival home after my internship. Through this internship I hope to gain a deeper insight of another culture. I want to experience what it is like to be emerged in a completely foreign environment, so I can better relate with my students that are experiencing a similar situation. I hope to broaden my knowledge of teaching styles and bring new activities from Zanzibar to my future school.
Megan Meyer, University of Oregon student completing an individualized internship with Common Ground for Africa in Kenya.
My name is Megan Meyer and I am going into my senior year at University of Oregon, studying Family and Human Services. I grew up north of Seattle, Washington on Whidbey Island. After I graduate at UO I plan to get a Masters in Social Work and go on to work with children and families. I love to play tennis, be outside in the sun, read, dance, swim, and listen to music! My internship will take place in a village outside of Kisumu, Kenya. I will likely be teaching one or two days a week in the schools, as well as working on a few different projects. One of these projects is called Youth Outreach Mentors, in which I will be teaching a group of youth about HIV and AIDS. After we complete the curriculum they are able to become certified HIV/AIDS mentors so that they can then teach others in the community about it as well. I will also be doing home visits of the children I teach in school, and of those affected by AIDS so as to help them create a Memory Box to pass on to future generations. Through this internship I hope to learn about a completely unique culture, one that I would be unable to experience in the United States. I hope to become more culturally competent and improve my social work skills with a diverse population. I am extremely excited for this opportunity and am very grateful for the IE3 program and receiving this scholarship. Thank you!
Sierra Severson, University of Oregon Student interning with Asociacion Engranajes in Villa Constitucion, Argentina.
I believe in a thorough knowledge of the world and a deep appreciation of how it works. I am a very ambitious, goal-oriented individual and am double-majoring in Political Science and Ethnic Studies and minoring in Spanish. At the Community Center, Asociación y Biblioteca Popular "Engranajes," I will be serving children whose families are below the poverty line, some of which are at great risk of joining criminal gangs or becoming beggars as oftentimes these children are the only providers for their families. I will help to offer an alternative to at-risk youth by promoting responsibility and youth development in addition to the restoration of family ties broken by poverty. I will also likely be assisting with educational workshops, school support, recreational activities, institutional development, teaching English classes, and assessing family situations and need. I hope to be able to engage in legal and human rights counseling as much as possible as well as gain experience working with families faced with extreme poverty. As I am very interested in binational immigration initiatives, I also hope to expand my knowledge of citizenship and social inclusion issues, ultimately to expound in my senior thesis.
Kelly Smith, University of Montana student completing an individualized internship with Baphumelele in Cape Town, South Africa.
As a Social Work and International Development Studies student at the University of Montana I have the opportunity to fulfill my practicum credits by interning in the township of Khaylitsha. I will be working at an agency called Baphumelele, which is a Xhosa word meaning “progress”. Baphumelele provides community outreach which includes a preschool, children's home, kitchen, wood shop and HIV respite care. Seeing first hand how community development works in one of the most marginalized and poverty stricken townships, with a population larger than the entire state of Montana, will give me increased perspectives and skills to carry into my career. I hope to pursue a career that focuses on environmental justice and sustainable development by promoting human rights. While living in Cape Town I am looking forward to enjoying many outdoor adventures on the weekends. I would like to thank the IE3 team for all of their support.
William Brooks, University of Oregon student interning with the Rinchem Company in Shanghai, China
My name is Elliott Brooks. I am a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in International Studies with a minor in Business and Chinese. This Fall I will be interning in Shanghai, China with Rinchem Company doing logistics planning. This will be my second time in Shanghai and I am most excited about improving my Mandarin skills. Unlike my last study abroad experience, this time I am going to fully immerse myself into the Chinese culture. Most of my prior work experience has been geared towards a career in Sports Business, fortunately, IE3 has given me the chance to broaden my knowledge and gain experience with an environmental waste management and technology company. China is one of the leaders in clean energy and I hope that while I am in Shanghai I am able to network and find a potential job opportunity for after graduation. I want to thank IE3, Gilman Scholarship and of course my family for helping to fund and support me as I embark on another journey to China.