Over 500 participants spent this summer in the field immersed in a new culture and developing as young leaders. They built relationships with their host families, created and implemented a wide range of projects, and had a truly transformative experience. We asked for photos, videos, and essays that highlight their time in community.

Today, we’re excited to announce the winners and recognize several great runners-up. Thanks to everyone who submitted a piece.


And the winners are…

image22016 Photo Winner

Screen Shot 2016-10-13 at 2.20.10 PM2016 Video Winner

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IMG_51152016 Essay Winner

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“An in depth view of life in the Dominican Republic

“Learn Spanish and see the sights of Ecuador

“The world needs more AMIGOS

Laughter sounds beautiful in every language”

Cow Family

“Breathtaking Views from in Country”

“On the way to La Boda

“Favorite type of Transportation

“Preparing the Classroom for Students”

“Relax in the Countryside

Service Learning in Action”

“Lone vaca in the vast green fields”

Adventure is the best way to learn”

Lauren Kelley

Lauren Kelley

Lauren is part of our outreach team and loves to hear stories from past participants. Be sure to tell her all about your favorite sights, foods, and experiences from Latin America.
Lauren Kelley