2011 Volunteer Corps
INTERNATIONAL COORDINATOR/JDC JEWISH SERVICE CORPS FELLOW
Ariela spent the year 2011 at Agahozo-Shalom and worked as International Coordinator. As a member of the JDC Jewish Service Corps, she was also the Roslyn Z. Wolf Cleveland-JDC International Fellow. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she recently graduated from Brandeis University. Ariela spent a semester abroad in Uganda, and is excited to be back in East Africa.
INFORMAL EDUCATOR/JDC JEWISH SERVICE CORPS FELLOW
Sam grew up in the quaint town of Columbus, Georgia. As a child, Sam became fascinated with design, engineering, and programming through active use of Legos and video games. Sam loves Southern cooking and Southern hospitality. Nevertheless, he decided to leave Georgia to attend Harvard College in Massachusetts. During college, Sam studied neurobiology and had the opportunity to travel to and explore South Africa. Sam is excited about his first trip to Rwanda and thrilled about working and living with the many inhabitants of ASYV.
Mollie was born in the US and moved to Israel with her parents during middle school. After serving in the IDF she studied a BA and MA in political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she founded Advocates for Asylum, a student group which raises awareness about refugee issues and provides English and Hebrew lessons for asylum seekers in Jerusalem. She has been a debate coach and English teacher since 2006 for Israeli high schoolers, refugees, and professionals throughout Israel.
ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE/JDC JEWISH SERVICE CORPS FELLOW
Trevor is currently a graduate student at Boston University in the International Relations and Environmental Policy program. He spent the summer in East Africa learning Swahili when he first heard about ASYV. He loves most sports and spends as much time outside as possible.
LANDSCAPE, MAINTENANCE, ACQUISITIONS
Ido served in the IDF's Air Force Special Unit "Shaldag", where he was recognized as an outstanding soldier. He holds a BA in Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) where he was an Argov Fellow. Following his studies, Ido worked briefly with The Peres Center for Peace and volunteered with Save a Child's Heart. He is currently in Rwanda, where he eats a lot of goat meat and works for Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village as construction consultant.
MUSIC & INFORMAL EDUCATION/JDC JEWISH SERVICE CORPS FELLOW
Mike is a wonderfully energetic individual who loves pie. He went to school in the snowy north of New York State at SUNY Oswego to get a piece of paper in Education and History while developing a love for the outdoors. To this end, he went to work at an environmental education center in the Poconos where he taught about the woods in the forest, ran a summer camp and learned all about computers. It was in that learning that Mike found a passion and sought more knowledge in this field. Since then, he has gained substantially useless knowledge in all sorts of gadgetry, but in that will use this for the common good of all. To that end, he has joined the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village as a resident IT guy and all around goofy dude in residence.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY/JDC JEWISH SERVICE CORPS FELLOW
Michele Pener Cole
ART & INFORMAL EDUCATION/JDC JEWISH SERVICE CORPS FELLOW
Amy is the farm volunteer at Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village and a member of the 2010 JDC’s Jewish Service Corps. As the farm volunteer, she has created a chicken business to help provide more protein for the students. She enjoys watching the farm grow and provide lots of produce for the ASYV kitchen. Amy graduated in 2007 with a degree in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia. While in school, she studied about the dynamics of family. Since being in Rwanda, she has learned that family is defined differently from her interaction with her family of 15 wonderful Rwandan girls in Family Patrice Lumumba and from the group of 25 farm workers. She also teaches yoga in the village. Before coming to ASYV, she had two jobs that helped prepare her for working in the village. Amy was an environmental educator with the Teva Learning Center where the importance of sustainable agriculture was learned and worked for the Second Nature Therapeutic Wilderness program where she helped teens who experienced trauma. She enjoys traveling the world, playing sports, eating local food, camping and reading a good book.
FARM & ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
Yasmin was born in Kibbutz Glil-Yam to an American mother and Israeli father and grew up in a colorful home with her three siblings and many pets. During her teenage years, the family spent three years in San Francisco where they created an Israel Center for the local community, a connection which deepened when she spent time working in the Bay Area at Camp Tawonga. Since completing her mandatory military service, she has been involved in voluntary and professional organizations having to do with Africa, the developing world and populations in need. She has worked in the Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development, with groups from Africa at the Open Apartments Program for Israeli youth and as a volunteer working with Sudanese refugees. As she finishes her degree from Ben-Gurion University in political science and gender studies, she is excited about getting to work, learning more and possibly changing the world just a bit.
LIQUIDNET FAMILY HIGH SCHOOL
Sika was exposed to humanitarian work as a young child while living in Ethiopia, Afghanistan, and Republic of Congo (then Zaire) where her father worked for many years. She was born in the former Yugoslavia and attended schools in Great Britain, France, and the US. Professionally, Sika has over thirty years of experience in the field of IT, of which more then twenty years were managing IT projects for Boston University. In addition to her professional experience, she volunteered for nearly fifteen years for a refugee assistance organization in Boston. She has also been active in organizations such as NOW, Mass Choice, and Health Care for All, and has volunteered for the American Red Cross and Enfants Refugies du Monde. In 2008-2009 Sika was on a year-long placement in Malawi where she worked as a VSO volunteer for a micro finance organization. In 2007 she worked in Rwanda for 3 months as an IT volunteer for the Ministry of Education.