Brett Losen '14
Foundation Office Assistant
Majors: Classics, minor in Biology
Hometown: Calmar, IA
Orphanage Volunteer in Peru
The mission of IFRE Volunteers is to provide volunteers with an informed, international perspective that best allows them to serve their chosen communities. It matches volunteers with in-country coordinators at grassroots establishments to build cross-cultural relationships and minimize potential western acculturation in serving under-resourced communities. As a volunteer, Kelsey will be working at an orphanage in Peru teaching English courses, helping with homework, and creating fun activities with the kids. Through this experience Kelsey hopes to gain insight into how large-scale NGO's work and grow from the exposure to a new culture. She aspires to start her own service organization after college, working with under-privileged communities. On campus, she is a Habitat for Humanity volunteer and participated in the German Language Study Abroad program.
Tae Bin Kim '15
Marshall Islands Undergraduate Teaching Intern
Dartmouth Volunteer Teaching Program
The Marshall Islands are a collection of islands under the protection of the United States with a struggling education system. The Dartmouth Volunteer Teaching program sends a group of undergraduate students interested in teaching and serving underprivileged children to the Marshall Islands. The program allows students to serve as educators, actively teaching and getting involved in the local community while learning and growing as individuals. Tae Bin will take the role of a part-time teacher at the Marshall Islands High School, teaching English and History. Initially, he will play a supporting role to a full-time teacher, and eventually he will teach 2 classes of his own and create his own lesson plans. Outside of the classroom, he will also help lead an extracurricular activity revolving around camping and cooking, in addition to helping organize a Shakespearean production with the students and teachers. Tae Bin is considering pursuing teaching as a profession, and through this experience he hopes to take a more active teaching role in addition to giving back through service. In the past, Tae Bin was an Eagle Scout and a full-time SAT prep teacher and college application advisor. On campus, Tae Bin is the house manager for Kappa Kappa Kappa Fraternity.
Julia Bratic '15
Unite for Sight Global Impact Fellow
Unite for Sight
Unite for Sight partners with local eye clinics in Ghana to help provide the financial and human support in their goal to improve eye healthcare. The clinics are owned and operated by local Ghanaians, and Unite for Sight helps year-round with their treatments, services, and education. The clinics in Ghana are located in Accra as well as in rural villages to provide outreach services to those who cannot afford to travel to the city. Unite for Sight is an organization that promotes local leadership and business and aims for long-term sustainability. As a fellow, Julia will assist local ophthalmologists and nurses with their daily routines. She will help test visual acuity, deliver medications, record patient histories and input data in the system for the clinic. Julia plans to go to pursue a career in medicine after Dartmouth and hopes to broaden her knowledge, skills, and understanding of medicine through her fellowship. On campus, Julia is the co-chair of the Haven Homework Club and in the past has participated in a Language Study Abroad program in Toulouse, France.
Matthew Leitten '15 (C.R.O.S.S. Fellow)
Selamta Family Project
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The goal of the Selamta Family Project is to help orphaned children grow in a family atmosphere, providing education and medical support. The organization also helps marginalized women reenter the community, allowing them to take on a motherly role to these orphaned children. The Selamta staff and Ambassadors work to create an environment for these new "families" safe from violence and abuse. As an ambassador, Matthew's role will be two-fold. He will work at the local school teaching conversational and spoken English and grammar. During the afternoons and evenings, he will serve as a mentor for boys in the program, building personal relationships through a running program. He hopes to lead runs to encourage perseverance and teamwork. Matthew hopes to gain insight into the inner workings of an NGO to inform his future endeavors working with service organizations beyond Dartmouth. On campus, he is involved in the Prison Project and is a James O. Freedman Presidential Scholar Researcher in the Religion department.
Major: English major, Ethics minor
Community Education Internship
Awamaki is a non-profit organization that works for community empowerment through economic, technological, language education, and skills development. Awamaki serves to lend efficacy and marketable skills to the people in Ollantaytambo through economic cooperatives and classes. The primary mission is to promote social inclusion and empowerment for women and low-income families in this area through education and aims to foster social and economic change for the better for families in this community. As the Community Education and ESL Program Development Intern, Carly will teach English and Computer Literacy classes primarily targeted toward working-class women. She will be responsible for planning lessons and creating resources for vocational English classes. She also hopes to plan extracurricular programs for children in the local preschool. Carly ultimately aims to create and operate her own non-profit organization that focuses on community empowerment through education. In the past, she was the Summer Programs Director and Volunteer Coordinator for the Out of the Garden Project, an organization that runs day camps for children in underserved neighborhoods in NC. On campus, she was a member of the Tucker Leaders in Community, Early College Awareness, Let's Get Ready, and Alpha Phi Sorority.
Major: Linguistics & Chinese
English Teacher and Mentor
The Dandelion School was established to further the education of migrant worker children in the greater Beijing area. It provides students with housing, food, and other necessities. Its mission is to give back the right to quality education to migrant children. The teachers and faculty share a common understanding of their own role to nurture a child's character through education. By providing what is essentially a fully operational home with an exception education, food, supplies for hundreds of students, the Dandelion School fulfills an overwhelming void in the impoverished lives of migrant families. As a fellow, Ashton's role will be to improve the English program from top to bottom, giving teachers comprehensive English lessons and helping them develop effective curricula in the hope of leaving a lasting impact beyond his fellowship. He will also be teaching his own English classes and conducting mock college interviews to interact with students more directly. Ashton plans to create some sort of extracurricular activity to engage with students in a less formal setting. In the past, Ashton has helped organize a canned food drive and field trips for inner city youth. He also did service work in Peru, helping build houses for families in Piura.
Cynthia Madu '15
Marshall Islands Undergraduate Teaching Intern
Dartmouth Volunteer Teaching Program
The Marshall Islands are a collection of islands under the protection of the United States with a struggling education system. The Dartmouth Volunteer Teaching program sends a group of undergraduate students interested in teaching and serving underprivileged children to the Marshall Islands. The program allows students to serve as educators, actively teaching and getting involved in the local community while learning and growing as individuals. Cynthia will take the role of a part-time teacher at the Marshall Islands High School, teaching English and another core subject. She will play a supporting role to a full-time teacher, occasionally planning her own daily lessons. Outside of the classroom, she will also help lead an extracurricular activity and help organize a Shakespearean production with the students and teachers. On campus, Cynthia is an Undergraduate Advisor, facilitating community bonding among her residents and helping ensure their general well-being. She participated in a Language Study Abroad program in Rome, Italy. In the past, Cynthia was a teaching assistant for 6 years with the Wayne State Math Corps in Detroit, MI.
Last Updated: 1/3/14