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Getting Involved: SUU, HELP encourages service abroad trips
Published: Monday, April 2, 2012
SUU’s Global Engagement Center has partnered with HELP International to encourage students to participate in service abroad trips offered this summer.
Earlier this semester, HELP International, a nonprofit organization that provides summer volunteer and internship opportunities, contacted the campus Global Engagement Center to help promote the opportunities offered to students.
Taylor Beckwith, a graduate student from Las Vegas, is the campus representative for HELP International and said she is "impressed by their passion and assistance."
Beckwith, who is participating in the Thailand program this summer, said HELP International is unique because it is located various locations in Africa, Latin America and other areas and allows for a lot of hands-on and leadership experience.
According to the organization's website, their projects specialize in three competencies: public health, education, and entrepreneurship. Students are able to choose which competency they would like to participate in.
Beckwith explained most students choose to participate in the volunteer and internship programs. Students can either choose to jump right in and start work on the project or conduct research and develop the projects for other participants.
Students can also gain hands-on business experience by being chosen as a paid manager, who helps coordinate HELP International teams around the world, or participate in a U.S. based internship, getting experience in human resources, public relations, and recruiting.
HELP International has been a pleasure to work with," Beckwith said. "They hold trainings and fun activities like getting together at the Festival of Colors, movie nights and cultural nights."
Kurt Harris, director of SUU's Global Engagement Center, said there are a variety of benefits students receive by participating in HELP International's program.
"Students get experience that few get to have," he said. "It is a great resume builder."
HELP International's current programs travel to a variety of countries, including Uganda, India, Thailand, Belize, Fiji and more. The trips begin as early as May and can run up until late August.
Harris said HELP International is especially beneficial because the leaders are familiar with each region and the cost is relatively affordable.
The programs run from six to 16 weeks with a flat rate fee of $2,950 that covers housing, food, project funding, training, and a t-shirt, Beckwith said.
Both Harris and Beckwith agree that participating in one of HELP International's trips is valuable because of the practical experience and networking opportunities students receive.
"You become more confident as a person having challenged yourself by going out of your comfrot zone," Harris said.
"You gain leadership skills, confidence, and a desire to make the world a better place," Beckwith said. "The most common thing that participants walk away saying is that the experience completely changed their lives."
According to Beckwith, the overall message they want to share is about "education and awareness in inspiring communities and individuals to find ways to help others."
Beckwith said she encourages those interested to visit help-international.org for more information.
Non-profit org. helps students fight poverty
Published: Sunday, October 16, 2011
Many USU students had the opportunity to travel around the world this summer and one way was through the Help International Program, which was created for young adults to serve, empower and change the lives of those in need.
Founded in 1999, Help was created by a group of BYU faculty members and students, who raised $115,000 and spent four months in Honduras conducting humanitarian work after the country was devastated by Hurricane Mitch.
Tim Enrico, the USU campus representative for Help who served in Uganda last year, said students and young professionals of all majors have the opportunity to implement sustainable projects or help with previously implemented projects in other countries through Help.
"We get into a country and there's typically not so much there except for what (Help has) done in the past," he said.
Kellie Norton, a USU student involved with Help this summer, said, "Help does sustainable development projects in eight different countries — Uganda, Tanzania, India, Thailand, Fiji, El Salvador, Belize and Peru — every year and focuses on education, public health and entrepreneurship."
Norton, who spent three months in Lugazi, Uganda, helping marginalized women this year, said the experience was "eye-opening."
"Most of the girls didn't have access to feminine hygiene products, birth control if they were sexually active or other basic health items," Norton said. "A lot of them struggled desperately to find money for school fees. Several girls that I talked to were being pressured into having sex with their uncles or other men that were paying their school fees, with the threat of being kicked out of the house and not being able to attend school anymore if they refused."
Learning about the people in the area was something Norton said she enjoyed.
Help participants sometimes conduct HIV screenings, support groups and in countries like India, they help among leper colonies and assist in sex trafficking rehabilitation, he added.
"It's not study abroad," Enrico said. "You're never sitting in a classroom, except for when you do your initial training, and when we do training we teach about project management, safety, or other important details, like where you'll be living in a rural village like Uganda or some rainforest in Thailand."
Students who are interested and have completed one year of college can apply on Help's website to get involved. There is a fee, but Enrico said many students do fundraising through letter campaigns to get there.
Although it is a 40-hour work week, Enrico said students get the chance to spend the weekends exploring and enjoying the countries they serve in. Activities include riding elephants, exploring ancient ruins, going on safaris, hiking volcanoes and even bungee jumping in the Nile, Enrico said.
'FIGHT POVERTY, EMPOWER PEOPLE'
Volunteers give service for community development
"We must be the change we wish to see in the world," is what Matthew Colling, program co-director of HELP International, tells people every day.
HELP International is a non-profit organization committed to empowering people to fight global poverty though sustainable, life-changing development programs. This summer they are bringing their country total to eight by opening programs in two new countries: Tanzania and Peru.
Courtesy of Help International
Opening the new area of Tanzania are country directors, Tyler and America Nelson.
"We are looking forward to the challenge of pioneering a new location for HELP International," Brother Nelson said. "The thought of being first on the ground and setting a foundation for years of future work in this highly impoverished location is very exciting."
Courtesy of Help International
Organizations like HELP International begin with people who have that kind of vision: in this case, Warner Woodworth, a social entrepreneur and organizational behavior professor at BYU. He has always been service-oriented and development-minded.
After earning a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, he decided that he wanted to take the skills that he had gained, and apply them to people who would never have the resources to pay for them...
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BYU STUDENT SPENDS SUMMER ABROAD IN SERVICE
The Daily Herald, September 2009
Ryan Squires joined the network of hundreds of other HELP International volunteers by spending his summer managing eye clinics in Uganda. Squires had a life-changing experience while gaining experience for medial school and helping people in rural villages improve their sight.
HEARTFELT HELP GIVES SUSTAINABLE SERVICE
LDS Church News, April 2009
Started as a strictly humanitarian organization, HELP International now aims for sustainable development projects with lasting impact. In the process, volunteers are trained to be lifetime social entrepreneurs. Founder Warner Woodworth explains that the need for HELP International is greater now than ever before.
"WEBB" OF LOVE SPUN FOR DISABLED CHILDREN AT HOGAR DEL NIÑO
The Daily Universe, April 2009
A love of helping the disable has led Laura Webb to spend every summer since she was 13 volunteering around the world. Webb has participated in HELP International programs in Uganda, and recently traveled to El Salvador with HELP to work in the Hogar de Niño Orphanage.
EMPOWERING NATIONS, HELP INTERNATIONAL MERGER
The Daily Universe, March 2009
After sending a combined nearly 1,200 participants to impoverished countries, HELP International and Empowering Nations, two similarly modeled Utah-based non-profits, have merged. The move will combine the organizations’ resources and eliminate the competition for volunteers.
NEW VOLUNTEER PROGRAM OPENS IN FIJI
The Daily Universe, February 2009
HELP International will add a program in Fiji starting summer 2009, with in-country projects including organic gardening and health classes. The Fiji program does not require language skills and allows program participants to fight poverty in an often-overlooked country.
TIMPVIEW GIRLS SOCCER GETS CHANCE OF LIFETIME TRIP TO UGANDA
The Deseret News, November 2008
Fifteen members of Provo’s Timpview High School girls soccer team will volunteer with HELP International programs and Goals for Girls in June 2009. The team will be just the second high-school aged girls soccer team from the United States to travel to Africa, where they will work to better lives through soccer.
NEW GLOBAL INITIATIVE AIMED TO END MALARIA
The Daily Universe, October 2008
As the Global Action Malaria Plan takes strong measures to fight malaria in Africa, HELP International program participants work with educations programs in Uganda, a nation devastated by the world’s deadliest disease.
HELP INTERNATIONAL: CHANGING THE WORLD THROUGH SERVICE
LDS Living, September 2008
From humble beginnings in the wake of Hurricane Mitch’s destruction to Honduras, HELP International has grown to operate in eight countries and has sent hundreds of volunteers. Successful projects include rural libraries, health classes and safe water for villages, changing the lives the volunteers and those living in poverty.
CONCERT TO BENEFIT FAMILIES IN UGANDA
The Daily Universe, September 2008
HELP International will join forces with local musicians to present a benefit concert for Uganda. The event, featuring everything from an a cappella group to a high school choir, will help raise money for children and families assisted by HELP programs in Uganda.
HELP CHANGES LIVES THROUGH SERVICE
The Daily Universe, June 2008
Founded in 1999, HELP International works towards sustainable development through meaningful trips for volunteers and locals. Many alumni point to their experience with HELP as the starting point for their continued work in development.
BYU CLUBS HOST CARE WEEK
The Daily Universe, March 2008
Helping single mothers in El Salvador is a regular occurrence for HELP International participants, but now every member of the BYU community has a chance to help the program. BYU students and clubs will host a week of service to benefit outside organizations, including HELP International.
MAN RISKS ALL TO SAVE FAMILIES IN GUATEMALA
The Daily Universe, December 2007
After seeing the corruption and awful conditions of orphanages in Guatemala, 24-year-old Guillermo Rangel created Clara Fantasia, an orphanage focused on reuniting children with their families. HELP volunteers assist Rangel and have seen firsthand the incredible changes that come as families are brought back together.
HELP OFFERS 'DEFINING' EXPERIENCE
The Daily Herald, June 2007
After volunteering with HELP International in El Salvador in 2005, Rachel Perkins knew she had found something worthwhile. Her love for humanitarian work grew as she served as HELP International recruiting specialist, and she will soon be a country director in El Salvador. Perkins credits her life-changing experience with HELP to her new-found passion in life.
BYU CONFERENCE CENTERED AROUND MOVEMENT DEDICATED TO CREATING JOBS, FIGHTING POVERTY
The Daily Herald, March 2003
Business classes for the poor run by HELP volunteers in Peru have changed the lives of many people. HELP, along with other non-profit organizations, will be featured at BYU’s Microenterprise Conference to teach of the importance and raise awareness about microfinance and development.
STUDENTS SEEKING OUT HUMANITARIAN EDUCATION
The Daily Herald, April 2001
HELP volunteers throughout the world are using their experience to better the lives of the impoverished and improve their own lives through meaningful service. The unique approach to development has led volunteers to create successful projects, including health clinics and rural libraries.
HELP INTERNATIONAL COMES TO THE RESCUE AGAIN
The Daily Universe, April 2001
Wanting to raise awareness about what it means to live in poverty, two BYU students will travel to El Salvador and Peru this summer with HELP International to create a documentary. Both students served LDS missions in Latin America and want to share their love of the people with the world.