Classes for Team Zambia 2015 are in full swing and we meet every Wed night form 6:30-7:30pm! Busy time as we try to communicate with our community partners and make arrangements for our program activities while in Zambia. Here is Connor making a presentation about one of our community partner organizations: Special Hope Network.
Each year, Professor John Tse and his wife Emma provide several thousand dollars of scholarships for students in our college (Health and Human Sciences) to study abroad. This year three of our students have received awards and we attended the reception this afternoon. As always, it was an honor and a delight to meet the Tses. Their passion for helping students expand their world view matches ours as that is one of the primary goals of our program! It is humbling to hear Dr. Tse thank us, the students, faculty, staff and administrators who participate in the study abroad programs. And to hear them talk about their small role in promoting acceptance of different world cultures. But today, Mrs. Tse’s words today were particularly compelling as she expressed to us that when you give, it is not about you giving what YOU WANT to give, but rather that you need to give what is needed. These words resonated with me because right from my first trip to Zambia to plan this program in 2012, we have completely been about talking to our community partners, finding out what they want and then determining whether and how we might be able to meet those needs….
This year’s Tse scholars: Jennifer, Danielle and Katelyn….with John and Emma Tse