So what will I be doing?
Working with mechanical engineers, I will be learning all about how they started their non-profits, the biggest challenges they face, and see where the skills I’ve acquired so far will fit in to both organizations. I am already set to live with Jodie for my stay, so I have become truly excited for the summer! I hope to gain a better understanding of the process of turning a great idea into an actual product and I think the most interesting part will be working with the locals and adjusting to a setting where things can’t necessarily be ordered easily or afforded.
Another exciting factor will be returning and seeing many of the people I met this past summer with EWH. I am very excited to be visiting my host family and am hoping we can negotiate some Swahili lessons so I can really practice. My host sister is in college in Dar es Salaam now so I think it would be really fantastic to visit her university. Along with my family, I am also very eager to return to Cradle of Love, the baby orphanage I was able to volunteer at a few times while living in Arusha. The home has over 30 babies now all under the age of 4. The goal of the orphanage is to take care of the babies that are delivered to them either until their family can once again take care of them or give them a caring environment and find another home once they get older. I am hoping that if I can fundraise enough, I'll be able to donate to the orphanage as well!