2009 Volunteer Corps
Tanya ("Gasaro" in Kinyarwanda) Fredman loved leading the Art Club in mural projects around the village when she volunteered as art teacher in the first year of ASYV (2009). In addition to teaching in the Art Center, Tanya loved learning Rwandan dances and baking Challah on Fridays in the village. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Tanya and her husband Len now live in Kfar Pines, a moshav in northern Israel. Tanya directs the art program at Yemin Orde Youth Village, teaches art in a local elementary school, and is pursuing Postgraduate Studies in Visual Art at HaMidrasha School of Art. And she still loves to break into Rwandan dance every now and then!
Oren spent three months volunteering at Agahozo-Shalom during 2009. He work on a variety of landscaping projects, coached the boys and girls basketball teams, and helped in the learning center. Before Rwanda, Oren attended UC Berkeley and graduated with high honors from the Haas School of Business. He is currently a first year MBA student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior to Stanford, Oren served as a consultant at both Bain & Company and at The Bridgespan Group, where he worked for a variety of for profit and nonprofit companies on issues of business strategy and operations. He was raised in Southern California and enjoys sports, Cal football, and spending time with family and friends.
Andrew Gurwitz volunteered at ASYV from 2008-2009 as the Operations Coordinator. After Rwanda, Andrew helped launch Eden Village Camp in New York's Hudson Valley as the Director of Operations and Sustainability.
Gilboa led the establishment of the Village’s farm, together with an excellent team of workers and help from all of the students and staff in the village. Establishing the farm included: planting an orchard with a variety of fruit trees, building vegetables beds, planting pineapples and other crops, as well as building the warehouse, chicken coop and cow shed. Gilboa brought agricultural equipment to the village, including the drip irrigation system, farming tools and more. He also helped set up the village water system, which supplies water to homes and recycles water for irrigation. In addition to his work in the farm, Gilboa coached the basketball teams and helped build furniture for the kitchen. Today Gilboa lives in Kibbutz Reshafim in Israel with his wife, Mor, and son, Eshel. He currently manages water projects throughout Israel.
Kyle Martindale is from Southern California and attended the University of San Diego, where he earned a degree in English in 2008. In 2009, Kyle and his friend Oren Gabriel set off for a three-month trip to Rwanda, as ASYV volunteers. At ASYV, he assisted in formal and informal education, from teaching English to coaching basketball, and managed village landscaping projects. Kyle says that spending time with the kids was one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. As a current teacher of high school English in Nashville, Tennessee, Kyle keeps his American students in touch with ASYV students via video conferencing and email
Sarah Newberry is a board certified music therapist from Minnesota. After high school she left Minnesota to spend a year in Brazil, which started a passion for traveling and languages. She earned her Bachelors degree in linguistics and African studies from Northwestern University and has since traveled and lived on five continents and learned five languages. Sarah's other passion is music and she loves to sing and play various instruments including guitar, piano and mandolin. After Northwestern she worked in the music business for several years then changed paths and received a Master's degree in music therapy and mental health counseling from Lesley University. At Agahozo-Shalom, Sarah worked to establish the art and music programs, to provide music therapy services and music lessons to the youth of the village, and educate staff and volunteers about therapeutic applications of music and the arts. She also spent a lot of time working on the farm, laying out the first plans and planting the first trees. She loved learning to speak Kinyarwanda and to sing Rwandan songs and was always inspired by the amazing youth in the Village. Sarah currently lives in Minnesota and works as a music therapist in hospice with people at the end of life. In the summer she also runs her own small business making handmade organic popsicles. She is happy to use skills she learned on the ASYV farm in her own garden, she plays and sings in a jug band, and has a dog with one blue eye named Banjo.
Benna worked at the Liquidnet Family High School at ASYV from 2008 to 2009. Working alongside the principal, she managed the day-to-day operations, cultivated software donations for every school computer, and partnered with friends and non-profits to drive enough book donations to create a library. During her evenings and weekends, she tutored, coached soccer, and sang with the students. Inspired by experiencing the positive global impact of technology, Benna has since moved to San Francisco to work as an Industry Analyst for Technology at Google. During her free time, she plays softball and works on social responsibility projects within Google & YouTube.