HOI’s 2016 Ranch Interns
by: Laurie Willing
We are excited to welcome some very special volunteers to the Ranch this summer! Nine individuals are volunteering 3 – 6 weeks of their summer vacation to assist with HOI’s programs. They represent different areas of interest and come to us from several cities across the U.S.
The summer program began in 2012 with only two volunteers. Over the years, HOI has benefitted from individuals who bring some special gifts and talents to share with the Ranch staff, school children, and communities. We try to make sure that the volunteers also benefit from the experience. Whether it is strengthening their Spanish language skills, giving them a hands on experience in their field of study, growing in their spiritual life, building cultural awareness, or all of the aforementioned, they take away some valuable life lessons.
This summer we have 3 individuals teaching English to our elementary and middle school students. With this year’s emphasis on clean water, we are fortunate to have two public health students working with the CDC and our Ranch health promoters on our new water filtration systems. We’re also excited to announce that our art professional, Jennifer Bacon, is returning this summer. In addition to teaching our students she will also conduct a workshop with HOI and local public school teachers. We have two other new volunteers working in health and community development and one intern who is back for her 5th summer and working with our middle school youth on personal development.
We are so fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers who care about the future of Honduras and want to be a part of creating opportunities for our communities.
If you are traveling to the Ranch this summer, please take time to meet them and talk to them. They’d love to share their experiences with you!
The following individuals have joined us and are sharing the gifts God has given them with the people of the Agalta Valley:
- Malia Cowen– Augusta, GA –Teacher
- Claire Simless– Augusta, GA –Teacher
- Henry Schunk– Avondale, GA –Teacher
- Michelle Huesonica– Peachtree Corners, GA – Medical Assistant
- Jimmy St. Louis– Augusta, GA – Community Development
- Laura Seal– Washington D.C. – Public Health – Water Systems
- Jennifer Bacon– Lexington, KY – Art Teacher
- Laura Ruisiecki– Atlanta, GA – Public Health – Water Systems
- Amy Pearson– Alpharetta, GA – Teacher