Magazine article International Educator

Study Abroad as Inspiration for Transforming Lives

Magazine article International Educator

Study Abroad as Inspiration for Transforming Lives

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A STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE can have a ripple effect-it has the power to not only change the life of a student or faculty member going abroad, but it can change the lives of countless others when the experience inspires action for social change.

"Toward a Better World," this issue's cover story, is about how social justice internships abroad can inspire ideas among students and faculty that-when put into action-can transform lives. Several inspirational stories are included in this article. Ryan Sarafolean was student the University of Minnesota when he studied interned abroad in Kenya. He was so moved by the need of girls for an education that he returned to Kenya to start the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy. Unite for Sight, which was founded in 2000, was the vision of Jennifer Staple-Clark, who was then a sophomore at Yale University. Today Unite for Sight trains between 250 and 300 Global Impact Fellows each year, many of whom are university students, and they are sent as interns to assist the ophthalmologists in five eye clinics in Ghana, as well as one in Honduras and three in India. Unite for Sight's teams have reached more than 2 million people and have provided more than 93,000 sight-restoring surgeries. Pepperdine University's Global Justice Program sends law students to various parts of the developing world for the summer where they may work as interns with judicial systems or nongovernmental organizations. The program was started by an idea from a law student in 2005 who wanted to go to Uganda to help provide pro bono legal assistance to children caught without representation in prison detention centers. …

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