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Cory Vonachen

Cory Vonachen

I traveled to the Pantanal wetland in Brazil to help build the Pantanal Center for Education and Research (PCER). The main objectives of PCER are to provide education in the Pantanal while promoting sustainability...

Ethan Shirley

Ethan Shirley

I started a non-profit effort with fellow undergrad Julie Bateman to realize my idea of establishing a school and field station in a rural area within a natural World Heritage Site. The area, known...

Jessica Mattson

Jessica Mattson

One and a half times as many people have died on the U.S.-Mexican border since its militarization process began in 1994 than those who perished in the September 11th terrorist attacks. As the 2010...

Tamika Weerasingha

Tamika Weerasingha

I will serve as a legal intern for Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka (HFHSL) in Colombo, Sri Lanka. HFHSL is an international NGO whose mission is to provide adequate and affordable housing to people...

Shaylene Spaniola

Shaylene Spaniola

I will be documenting issues related to vision problems in Tanzania. 45 million people in the world are currently blind, two-thirds of whom are women. Cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness, despite the...

Joseph Perosky

Joseph Perosky

I will travel to Ghana to aid Dr. Ofosu and the surrounding district hospitals with medical supplies from a humanitarian aid level and to work on sustainable projects for the future, both to increase...

Lydia Cacho

2009, Lydia Cacho

Lydia Cacho is a journalist, author, feminist and human rights activist. She has spoken out against the abuse of women in Mexico, using the unsolved murders in Ciudad Juárez as a call to action...

Emily E. Bretz

Emily E. Bretz

I will work in Tanzania as an intern at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). This organization aims to advance the doctrine of political and legal accountability and establish a forum...

David Witte in Argentina 2009

David Witte

The Wallenberg Summer Travel Fellowship allowed me to pair up with “Un Techo para mi pais-Argentina”, an NGO that works in the slums surrounding Buenos Aires, Argentina. Their aim is to provide basic housing...

David Osit

David Osit

I am a filmmaker and undergraduate student at the University of Michigan. Over the course of several months in the summer of 2008, I will be traveling throughout East Africa where I will work...