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Testimonies:

Nahshon Ruffin

Rylee Bacon

Jordan Fief

Team Amistad

Past Projects

Follow the links below for photos, project descriptions, and student testimonials of past projects

2013 |  2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

2013 Teams and Videos

Click on any video to see more about the trip and their reflections.

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Team Fikira (Kenya)

Kelsey Ritz

Teryn Greer

Taran Carlisle

Stevie St Clair

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Team Sonrisa (Mexico)

Rachel McAdam

Emily Stolfus

Ronnie Sullivan

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Team Ubuntu (South Africa)

Carolyn Gatewood

Lindsy Ligget

Lindsay Albracht

Stephanie Wilson

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Uganda Research Team

Anna Clary

Cori Christopherson

Grant Kohlmeier

Maggie Burger

Chase Fortune

Danielle Crossland

Team Paz
(Formerly Brazil)

Kaitlyn Burton

Tricia Brensing

Kaitlyn Rippel

Sydney Webb

Plans changed!

This team joined Team Ubuntu!Click on their video to the left to view their journey!

  

Summer 2012 Host Site Descriptions

Puebla, Mexico

Mexico

IST students serving in Puebla work closely with our partners at the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP), located in south central Mexico. In 2012, a team of three women lived in a rural community near Puebla called La Preciosita and volunteered within the community where they taught English classes to children and adults, organized a recycling initiative, and helped direct a musical production with the children they worked with. In La Preciosita, students have the opportunity to live in homestays with the families they serve and learn traditional agricultural and medicinal methods. 

Participants: Alicia Williams, Hollyn Smith, Emily Burch

http://www.upaep.mx/servicelearning/

Nyeri, Kenya 

Mexico

Team Tumaini served in Nyeri and was made of five K-State students who lived and served at the Children and Youth Empowerment Center (CYEC). At the CYEC, the team focused on creating a micro-economy and facilitating leadership workshops for older students. The idea of the micro-economy is to promote business transactions, even in the absence of money.  The children would complete chores and jobs around the CYEC in exchange for points, and then could use those points to purchase clothing, toys, and other necessities. Team Tumaini also hosted leadership workshops on team building, individual strengths, and conflict resolution with older students at the centre.

Participants: Chance Berndt, Kenna McWhirter, Bethany Roy, Bailey Myers, Nick Herrmann

 http://www.cyec.net/

Jacunda, Brazil  

Mexico

In 2012, two K-State students worked and served at the Project Rescue Amazon Youth (P.R.A.Y.) in Jacunda, Brazil. PRAY, an organization with a home base in Wamego, KS, is an orphanage for the local children in the region and is also connected with a nearby home for older youth. While they were there they were able to teach supplemental learning classes to the youth, as well as repaint the orphanage itself. The team lived at PRAY and was able to build meaningful relationships with the staff and children while they were there. 

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Summer 2011 Host Site Descriptions

Puebla, Mexico

Mexico

IST students serving in Puebla work closely with our partners at the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP), located in south central Mexico. In 2011, a team of two men and one woman lived in a rural community near Puebla called La Preciosita and volunteered within UPAEP where they taught English classes to children and adults, organized a community theater with local youth, and participated in a community fundraiser to support educational initiatives. In La Preciosita, students have the opportunity to live in homestays with the families they serve and learn traditional agricultural and medicinal methods.

Participants: Logan Hoover, Kelly Zachariasen and Jim Smerchek

http://www.upaep.mx/servicelearning/

Nyeri, Kenya 

MexicoThe service team in Nyeri, comprised of five K-State students, lived and served at the Children and Youth Empowerment Center (CYEC) in Nyeri. At the CYEC, K-State students served in varying capacities, all focused on meeting the needs of the CYEC and the children who reside there. The main focus of their summer was to assist CYEC in developing a partnership and program with the YMCA in Nyeri to provide opportunities to a wider range of street-youth. In a typical day, the team worked with their teenaged students in a community garden to develop work experience, provided life skills workshops, and offered yoga and art classes.

Participants: Aubrey Berke, Logan Gauby, Kaitlin Long, Sierra Dirksen and Taylor Schmidt

http://www.cyec.net/

Jacunda, Brazil  

MexicoIn Brazil, students were located in the northern Amazon region where a team of three women lived and worked with the Project Rescue Amazon Youth (PRAY) orphanage in Jacunda. PRAY, an organization with a home base in Wamego, KS, is an orphanage for the local children in the region and is also connected with a nearby home for older youth. While at PRAY, the team focused on offering educational and entertaining activities for the children, helping with site upkeep and chores, and working one on one building relationships with the children at PRAY.

Participants: Aimee Nienthdal, Maggie Burger and Jordan Fief

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Summer 2010 Host Site Descriptions

Puebla, Mexico

Mexico

IST students serving in Puebla work closely with our partners at the Popular Autonomous University in the State of Puebla (UPAEP). In 2010, a team of four women lived in a rural community near Puebla called La Preciosita and volunteered within UPAEP where they taught English classes to children and adults, organized a community theater with local youth and served as impromptu tutors for students in the area.

Participants: Ariel Anib, Mary Jackson, Shawna Peters and Nashon Ruffin

http://www.upaep.mx/servicelearning/

Nyeri, Kenya

Mexico

The service team in Nyeri, comprised of five K-State students, worked and lived at the Children and Youth Empowerment Center (CYEC) in Nyeri. At the CYEC K-State students served in varying capacities, all focused on meeting the needs of the CYEC and the children who reside there. Responsibilities of the group included teaching classes for primary and secondary level students, running after-school extracurricular programs for the children, organizing the facilities and working on a credit system for the CYEC. Additionally, students did computer training workshops and contributed to the day to day operation of the center.

Participants: Allie Archer, Rylee Bacon, Jonathon Colston, Derek Wiggins and Kailyn Wilse

http://www.cyec.net/

Jacunda, Brazil

Mexico

In Brazil, students were located in the northern AMazon region where a team of three women lived and worked with the Project Rescue Amazon Youth (PRAY) orphanage in Jacunda, PRAY; an organization with a home base in Wamego, KS is an orphanage for the local children in the region and is also connected with a home nearby for older youth. While at PRAY, the team focused on after-school programs for the children, developing computer literacy, and site upkeep and working one on one with the children at PRAY.

Participants: Maria Gomez, Sklyar Moore and Melissa Newman


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Summer 2009 Host Site Descriptions

Puebla, Mexico

Team members lived together in the city of Puebla located in bustling central Mexico. As volunteers for the Popular Autonomous University in the State of Puebla (UPAEP), they worked with a local neighborhood on community development, neighborhood watch and more. The group also spent time teaching at a home for displaced youth.

Nyeri, Kenya

Team members lived and worked at the Children and Youth Empowerment Center (CYEC). Projects ranged from working with after school programs to developing extracurricular activities.

Botswana, Africa

Team members lived at The University of Botswana in the incredible city center of Gaborone, Botswana. Students had the opportunity to work with a number of different social service organizations including Naledi Education Center, Tlamelo Feeding Project, Mokolodi Game Reserve, and more.

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