Laura Vang '15
Student Director for Conversations That Matter
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Building Sustainable Communities through Engagement
Community Development Officer– Fauna & Flora International (FFI)
Qinghai Province, China
Tsomo will travel to China & Tibet this summer to work with Fauna and Flora International (FFI). FFI is the world's longest-established international conservation organization. The mission of the organization is to create a sustainable future for the planet by empowering individuals to protect biodiversity in their communities. Primarily, she will work on the Tibetan Community Grassland Project. The objective of this project is to work with communities to develop strategic plans for sustainable growth, to liaison with various stakeholders on community projects and to encourage Tibetan herders to protect their environment. During the course of her fellowship, she will draw upon her experience in project implementation and management to facilitate large-scale meetings, individual interviews and home visits. Tsomo hopes to promote the value of local knowledge and to draw upon the wisdom of the Tibetan people to build sustainable communities. She is a native speaker of Tibetan and is also fluent in Chinese. She is a co-founder and has served as Operations Director for the Pentok Institute, an organization whose mission is to educate girls in low-income, rural areas of the Tibetan highlands. She plans to major in environmental studies and desires to help generate awareness of Tibetan culture in Western societies. When she graduates, she hopes to return to Qingshai Province to teach environmental studies.
Fostering Coexistence between Arabs and Jews in Israel
Teacher –Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish Arab Education in Israel
This summer, Sarah will serve as a Tucker Fellow in Israel. She will be working with the Max Rayne Hand in Hand School whose mission is to increase peace, coexistence, and equality between the Jews and Arabs of Israel through integrated, top-quality education. As part of her fellowship, she will assist teachers at the school with art programs. In addition, she will volunteer as a counselor with the Project Harmony summer camp, which is a 4-week English language program that strives to create a safe social space for Arab and Jewish children to relate to each other as peers. At the camp, she will serve as a visual arts specialist. She hopes to display her students' work at an exhibit that she will plan. The exhibit will focus on the theme of coexistence and will feature artwork that tells the stories of the children participating in the camp. Sarah has travelled to Israel before and she is excited to return to complete this fellowship. She has extensive experience as an assistant teacher and in facilitating art programs as part of an organization she founded at Dartmouth called Visible Art. Sarah hopes to gain new perspective on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and how possibilities for coexistence are being explored. After Dartmouth, she hopes to attend medical school for psychiatry, or pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.
Youth Education and Empowerment
Teacher – Think Our Education
This summer Abderahmane will be travelling to the village of Lewe Damga, located in northern Senegal, to serve with Think Our Education. The village has only one primary school with five teachers. He will be teaching Math and History to youth in elementary school, specifically focusing on helping 5th graders who must pass a national examination. Abde has significant experience working to empower youth in Africa, and looks forward to teaching in Senegal. In the past, he has facilitated leadership workshops for youth in Johannesburg, as well as served as a translator for African Youth Journals. In 2008 he started an organization called SOS Learning that offers tutoring in Math and French to students living in the poor suburbs of Dakar, Senegal. At Dartmouth, Abde is a math major intending to pursue a career in teaching. He hopes to use his past experiences and skills, as well as his fluency in both English and French, to enable students in Lewe Damga to increase their proficiency in Math and History and perform well on the national examinations this coming fall. Demonstrating a commitment to service, he says, "Being thankful only is being passive...I wake up every day, and try to offer the same great education I benefitted from to people who do not have the same chance."
Childcare, Language & Literacy
Youth Mentor and Teacher – Himalayan Foundation Nepal
This summer Cecilia will travel to Nepal to work with the Himalayan Foundation Nepal. The organization runs an orphanage in the capital Kathmandu that takes care of fourteen children between four and fifteen years of age. She will also volunteer with the Shyambhunath Monastery, which serves a community of children and monks. Cecilia will be working directly with the children by preparing them for school, distributing food, facilitating sanitation and hygiene lessons, and directing them to school safely. In addition, she will teach English and computer literacy at the monastery as a second part of her fellowship. Cecilia will play an integral role in the development of programs for children in the orphanage. She has experience tutoring and working directly with children, which she hopes to bring to bear on her work in Nepal. On campus, she is an undergraduate advisor, a member of Dartmouth EMS, and a Presidential Scholar doing research in immunology. Cecilia has explored the region in scholarship and she desires to use this experience to enrich her academic exposure to central Asia, and to foster intellectual growth. After Dartmouth, she would like to attend medical school.
Teaching English Using the Rassias Method
Teacher – Maison Fortuné Orphanage
Caitlin will be travelling to Haiti to serve at Maison Fortuné Orphanage (MFO). The orphanage provides housing, meals, and education for 250 boys and girls of the Central Plateau region of the country. MFO serves as a school to its residents but it additionally accommodates 100 to 150 children from Hinche each day. Caitlin will be using the Rassias Method to teach English to the residents of MFO. This method is a unique approach that speeds language learning and increases language retention. She has worked extensively with the Rassias Center at Dartmouth to learn how to teach English effectively using this model. Caitlin will work alongside her partner, Christine Bub '13, to gather information about the needs of the residents then build a curriculum that meets the needs of the students. In addition, she will help to evaluate each of the 250 residents to determine their proficiency in English and prepare materials that will be used in future individual progress reports. Caitlin has visited MFO twice before and she is excited to return to develop a project that she has been planning for almost two years. On campus, Caitlin is involved with Active Minds, Big-Brother Big-Sister and Alpha Xi Delta sorority. She expects to be challenged and looks forward to growing immensely from this experience. After Dartmouth, Caitlin hopes to attend medical school.
Empowering Youth through Street Outreach and Education
Outreach Officer – Sustainable Bolivia
This summer, Christine will travel to Bolivia to work with P.A.I Tarpuy (Integral Action Project Tarpuy) through Sustainable Bolivia. The mission of the organization is to provide a space for at-risk children and adolescents with activities that stimulate their learning and development. The beneficiaries of P.A.I Tarpuy programs are primarily young people on the streets of Quillacollo. Christine will be helping with both street outreach and afterschool engagement. She will engage directly with young people on the street, develop supportive relationships with them, and connect them to the resources of the organization. In addition, she will serve in the afterschool program as a tutor, as well as facilitate workshops in knitting, sewing, bead-working and singing. On campus, she is a member of the Gospel Choir, she has served as a SEAD intern, and she is a Presidential Scholar in psychology. Christine speaks advanced Spanish and is hoping to become fluent by the end of her fellowship experience. After Dartmouth, she hopes to work with children in education or mental health. Later, Christine plans to attend graduate school for social work.
Promoting Child Health and Wellbeing in Uganda
Outreach Officer – New Hope Ministries
Busia & Kaliro, Uganda
Julia travels to Uganda this summer to work with New Hope Ministries, a non-profit founded in 2003. The organization has a mission to serve orphans and vulnerable children by providing food, healthcare, education and shelter. In addition, the organization has a foster family program that Julia will primarily be involved with by acting as a liaison between the foster families and local service providers. She will meet with local organizations that offer services such as HIV testing and counseling, as well as food distribution programs and medical services. Julia will be trained on how to conduct workshops on hygiene, sanitation, HIV/AIDS and malnutrition prevention. She will also develop relationships with the families who are fostering children, so she may assess their needs and direct them to appropriate services. Julia has done short-term volunteering in Haiti and Guatemala and she is excited to embark on an 8-week fellowship to Uganda. She believes this fellowship will enable her to grow academically, personally and spiritually. Her motivation to serve is rooted in her Christian faith and she hopes to further explore her spirituality while working with New Hope and living in a Ugandan community. Julia plans to attend graduate school in the future as well as to continue her work with non-profit organizations.
Empowering Women and Youth
Teacher – Light and Leadership Initiative
This summer, Katherine will travel to Peru to work with the Light and Leadership Initiative (L.L.I.). The mission of the organization is to respond to the needs of the women in the Ate-Vitarte district of Lima, the capital, in their struggle out of poverty by improving the availability and quality of education offered to women and children. Katherine will be working in the youth program as a teacher of English, art, chess and math. She will also be spearheading a new music program and will be teaching the children how to play a guitar. Katherine is fluent in Spanish and has teaching experience in education and literacy. We believe these skills make her particularly suited to this fellowship and we are confident that she has the vision and motivation to work effectively as a volunteer with the L.L.I. She looks forward to immersing herself in Peruvian culture and gaining insight into non-profit work abroad. Katherine expects to have her worldview challenged and is determined to maintain an open mind and to appreciate new ways of thinking and behaving. She plans to write a creative writing piece about her time in Huaycan that will capture the lives of the people and the ways that development can be fostered and furthered.
Micro-lending for Development
Outreach Officer – Christian Rural Aid Network (CRAN)
Cape Coast, Ghana
Richard travels to Ghana to volunteer with the Christian Rural Aid Network (CRAN). The organization is a rural development agency with the mission to promote self-help strategies towards community development and rural poverty reduction. CRAN has two primary program areas, microfinance for development and social development, which serve the needs of poor women and families. Richard will primarily be involved with outreach to the entrepreneurs who are beneficiaries of CRAN microloans. He will travel to the communities of the entrepreneurs to gather information about their progress and any arising needs. Richard will also help to develop education materials on time and finance management, which he will disseminate at group meetings with the entrepreneurs. On campus, he has been involved with the Rockefeller Center and the Tucker foundation. Richard has also interned with the Project on Government Oversight and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He will utilize his knowledge of economics, finance and development principles to work effectively as a volunteer with CRAN. He will be living with a host family and he looks forward to immersing himself in Ghanaian culture and traditions. After Dartmouth, Richard hopes to do a service internship for a year before starting law school.
Creating a Safe Space for Children Living with HIV
– Jane Goodall Institute
This summer, Sabrina returns to her home country, Tanzania, to serve as a Tucker Fellow. She will be working with the Roots and Shoots program, which is a psychosocial support group for children living with HIV. Many of the children served by the organization have suffered neglect by their parents, relatives and communities because of their HIV status. The program provides them with a space where they can learn, play games and socialize with their peers in a stigma-free environment. Sabrina will be responsible for reconnecting with past Roots and Shoots participants through home visits. She will also keep track of children in the program by devising a way to communicate with them when they are outside the program. Her other duties will include providing mentorship and support to the children, planning and conducting activities, and formalizing avenues for recruitment to Roots and Shoots. Sabrina has worked with the organization before and she is excited to return and build on past lessons learned. She speaks Swahili, the dominant language of communication in Tanzania, and will be an effective facilitator. After Dartmouth, Sabrina intends to return to Tanzania to help tackle vexing economics and social development issues.
Teaching English Using the Rassias Method
Teacher – Maison Fortuné Orphanage
This simmer, Christine will travel to Haiti to work with the Maison Fortuné Orphanage (MFO). The orphanage provides housing, meals, and education for 250 boys and girls of the Central Plateau region of Haiti. MFO serves as a school to its residents but it additionally accommodates 100 to 150 additional children from Hinche each day. Christine will be using the Rassias Method to teach English to the residents of MFO. This method is a unique approach that speeds language learning and increases language retention. She has worked extensively with the Rassias Center at Dartmouth to learn how to teach English effectively using this model. Christine will work alongside her partner, Caitlin Foley '13, to gather information about the needs of the residents then build a curriculum that meets the needs of the students. In addition, she will help to evaluate each of the 250 residents to determine their proficiency in English and prepare materials that will be used in future individual progress reports. Christine will use her experience in teaching and caring for children to carry out her duties in Haiti. On campus she is involved with Athletes United and Indian River Mentoring and is a lifeguard and a lab assistant at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical School. Christine desires to make an impact in the lives of the Haitian children she will meet and she is excited about this fellowship opportunity. After Dartmouth, she hopes to attend medical school
Last Updated: 8/6/13