Natalie jumped in to help with the refugee crisis in 2015 when she became an intern with the International Rescue Committee in Seattle. After getting involved with the resettlement and youth education programs in the Seattle area, she volunteered with HELP International's summer Greece program. She is excited to return and to continue to fight for and support refugees! Natalie is from Washington state and studied Public Health.
Kylie is a graduate of Brigham Young University-Idaho, where she studied Exercise Physiology and Movement and Rehabilitation. After working at a hospital in a Physical Therapy Clinic for a year since graduation, she is ready to move her work to Fiji, where she can expand her vision and help others. Working with different cultures to end inequality in health and education is a passion to which she plans to dedicate her time, education, and heart. Kylie has a zest for life that comes alive with adventure! She loves nothing more than the magic that happens when she sees a person overcome hardship and feel safe, loved, happy and comfortable with who they are. She can't wait to work with all of the amazing volunteers in Fiji this summer! Kylie enjoys new things, adventure, people, her music, and exploring the mountains and lakes of her beautiful small hometown in the Pacific Northwest. The only thing she loves more is her family, who mean the world to her!
Yasmine recently graduated from the University of Kentucky with her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. She also studied Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures with a focus in the Middle East. She is passionate about serving others in many aspects. Yasmine has been on service trips to Jinotega, Nicaragua and Accra, Ghana, both working with Global Youth Empowerment. She was a site leader on a trip to the Dominican Republic where she worked with community partners on educational projects. Yasmine enjoys embarking on new adventures and meeting new people. She loves a good cup of coffee, smiling, traveling, and the company of her family and friends!
Jeff Watts is so excited to be a part of Help International this summer as a Country Coordinator! Jeff heard of Thailand for the first time as he was chosen to work there as a volunteer for the LDS church in 2012 for two years. There he grew to love the Thai people, their wonderful culture, and the excellent food! He returned to Thailand for an internship with the Thai government in 2015, during this time he was able to work closely with Thai natives and increase his understanding of their cultures, customs, and language. These interactions further gave him a desire to return and serve them even more. He is thrilled to be able to go back a third time to help communities in the northern region. Jeff is a recent graduate from Brigham Young University in Idaho. He received his degrees in Political Science and Asian Languages. In his leisure time he likes hiking, cooking, reading, learning languages, and traveling. He can't wait to meet and show the volunteers the beautiful people and culture of Thailand.
Braxton is originally from Detroit, Michigan, however he lived over half his life abroad in Japan, Mexico, China and Cambodia. He believes life is an adventure, and has been to almost 40 countries! Braxton is a Psychology major and International Development minor, interested in introducing psychological health practices to other countries, and doing leadership and management training. He has a passion for learning the histories of other countries, understanding foreign cultures, and helping individuals make the most out of their life. In his spare time he loves to read fantasy, talk about philosophy, play basketball and cook a good meal.
Born in a small town in Tennessee, Melody is a southern girl that moved to rainy Seattle and easily called it home. Cambodia really claimed her heart when she lived there for 18 months. As a Political Science and International Development student at BYU, her spark for travel and love for learning about and understanding people and cultures from all over the world has caught fire! She has a passion for education, her own and others, and for living up to her potential while helping others to do the same.She loves to experience new exciting places and old familiar ones by hiking, running, finding the best bookstores and vinyl shops, and swimming in every body of water. Most of all, she believes good food is what really matters. She is excited to call India home this summer!