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Source: K-State International Service Teams, 785-532-5701,
News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-6415,

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


MANHATTAN -- As members of Kansas State University's International Teams, K-State students are involved in special service projects in Africa and Mexico this summer.

The International Teams program, now in its 20th year and coordinated through K-State's School of Leadership Studies, gives student teams the opportunity to work with communities around the world. During the spring semester, the students work with a selected international community, identifying projects and services they will provide or complete when they go to that community for about two months in the summer.

This year's International Teams include:

* Team Kagiso in Gaborone, Botswana. The team is primarily working with the Old Naledi Education Centre, a private school for students struggling academically, and the Tlamelo Feeding Project, which provides a mid-day meal to children, many who are AIDS orphans or infected with HIV themselves.

* Team Rafiki in Nyeri, Kenya, a community outside of Nairobi. The team is working at the Children and Youth Empowerment Center, helping teach social studies classes and working with extracurricular clubs.

* Team Amistad in Puebla, Mexico. The two-member team is helping out in the Puebla area. The team is primarily teaching English to community members, including adults and children, as well as helping families and learning about the daily life for individuals in rural Mexico.

* Team Comunidad also in Puebla, Mexico. The team has been working in community centers, teaching English and doing other projects as needed in Puebla and adjacent communities.

K-State students participating on a 2009 International Team are:

Tiffany Cooper, senior in anthropology, Assaria, Team Amistad in Puebla, Mexico; Cara Katzer, senior in biology, Carbondale, Team Kagiso in Gaborone, Botswana; Anna Rogers, sophomore in microbiology, Clyde, Team Comunidad in Puebla, Mexico; Nicholas Istas, senior in humanities, El Dorado, Team Rafiki in Nyeri, Kenya; Michelle Galindo, a May 2009 bachelor's graduate in secondary education, Garden City, Team Comunidad in Puebla, Mexico; DeAnna Coughlin, senior in family studies and human services, Hays, Team Rafiki in Nyeri, Kenya; Cassandra Morris, senior in life sciences, Lenexa, Team Comunidad in Puebla, Mexico.

Daniel Hornsby, sophomore in creative writing, Manhattan, Team Amistad in Puebla, Mexico; Jamie Schendt, junior in history, Overland Park, Team Rafiki in Nyeri, Kenya; Paul Owings, senior in civil engineering, and Nicole Wessel, senior in accounting, both from Plainville and both with Team Kagiso in Gaborone, Botswana; and Liz Dale, junior in communication sciences and disorders, Topeka, Team Kagiso in Gaborone, Botswana.

From out of state: Caitlyn Mason, junior in anthropology, Woodstock, Ill., Team Rafiki in Nyeri, Kenya.