2016 Volunteer Corps

Rebecca Kerr


Becky grew up in the UK and went to university in Manchester to study History. At the age of 17, she visited Rwanda for the first time and this stemmed an interest in development on a global level. In 2010 Becky returned to Rwanda for the second time. She spent one month working on-site at the Noel Orphanage, and then two months working in a school in South Africa. During University, Becky was Chair of the University’s fundraising body (RAG) and helped raise over £270,000 for charities worldwide. She spent one year in France after graduating where she worked with a charity focused on integrating Roma children into French schools, and also a local AIDS charity. Earlier this year she returned to England for a few months before deciding to go to Rwanda again. Becky loves travelling and has visited parts of Asia, Australia, America and Africa; she hopes to visit many more places in the future. She is also an avid reader. BLOG: https://armchairaidworker.wordpress.com

Taylor Landay*


Taylor Landay is a Pittsburgh native who made her way to the University of Maryland to study Public Health. She previously interned for Innocents at Risk and has worked for the Children's Inn at the National Institute of Health. Taylor has a certificate in Globalization and has taken courses relating to international affairs. During her sophomore year at college, Taylor spent one month studying at the University of Manipal in Mangalore, India. She also spent the spring semester of her junior year studying abroad at Bond University on the Gold Coast of Australia. Taylor hopes to one day earn her Master's in Public Health and practice a career in international primary healthcare. She also has experience working at a Jewish sleep away camp and it was there that she fell in love with being a counsellor. Throughout her studies, Taylor also served as Membership Vice President of Maryland's Jewish Student Union, the largest in the USA. Taylor is a passionate, enthusiastic and outgoing young woman who loves being around other people and exploring new parts of the world. In her spare time Taylor enjoys painting, playing field hockey, and reading. BLOG: https://rwanderingaroundblog.wordpress.com/

Peter Lee


Peter is a Korean-American freelance filmmaker who has spent the last 7 years living in San Francisco. He grew up near New Orleans, Louisiana, and went to study business at the University of Houston. Looking to gain some international experience under his belt, he moved to France to attend graduate school at the American University of Paris where he studied Global Communications for 2 years. The desire to express himself creatively led him to San Francisco where he studied the craft of photography and digital filmmaking and went on to teach and work on a variety of video related projects. He’s collaborated extensively with Skyship Films, an expedition documentary film company, and recently edited a feature length documentary about wolves in the pacific northwest. He is passionate about collaborating with others and storytelling through still and motion picture.

On a brisk day in early November, Jordan was born. He grew up in Syracuse, NY. He dreamed of being a professional sports player, musician, and superhero as many children have done before him. His love of sports was founded quite early on. It was a great tool for growth, communication, competition, and bonding. He played soccer, basketball, and baseball in school. Whenever he could find the time, he played almost anything outside with his friends (volleyball, American football, ultimate Frisbee, etc.). All the while, music was nearby, or in his ears. He has come a long way since his adolescence, running around in his underwear and blasting Creedence Clearwater Revival to his siblings’ dismay. He has been playing and writing music for about six years. He graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. However, his love of people, music, and art has steered him to pursue a different path. As a Fellow with ASYV, this coming year promises to be an exciting experience in which he can share his knowledge and passion while learning some lessons of his own from the students. He still has not given up on being a superhero. BLOG: https://ohmyjordan.wordpress.com/



Jordan Owen


Born and raised in Tarpon Springs, Florida, Robyn Sagal graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Public Health from the University of South Florida. As a student at USF, she led a campaign to raise awareness about global poverty and funds for anti-poverty organizations while participants pledged to live below the poverty line for five days. Following graduation, she spent ten months teaching English to disadvantaged youth in an elementary school in Netanya, Israel. She also completed a term of service with the AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps where she spent ten months travelling around the U.S. in a team carrying out disaster management work. During her studies in the UK, Robyn was an active member of the University of Sheffield Jewish Society, Mountaineering Society, and Friends of Irise Society. BLOG: https://livingcolorfullyinrwanda.wordpress.com

Robyn Sagal*


Naomi Stanway was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico but spent most of her childhood in Ocean Township, New Jersey. She grew up spending summers at URJ Camp Harlam as both a camper and a waterfront staff member. Naomi graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2013 with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Developmental Psychology. While in college, Naomi worked as a student ambassador through the Office of Admissions. She also worked as a kindergarten teacher in a local synagogue. After graduating, Naomi joined Teach for America and served as a 2013 corps member teaching second grade in southern New Mexico. BLOG: https://wherethesidewalkendss.wordpress.com/

Naomi Stanway*


Keturah Webster grew up in Guyana and New Jersey, and studied International Relations at Brown University. While studying at Brown, Keturah was a Writing Fellow, working with students to improve their academic writing, as well as an Editor-in-Chief of a student-run literary magazine. Keturah also taught at a local non-denominational Hebrew school for four years. While studying abroad in Senegal, she developed a deeper interest in African development and human rights through an internship at WARIPNET, a non-profit providing legal assistance and other forms of aid to refugees and internally displaced persons. There, she used her teaching skills to provide alphabetization and French classes to refugees. This experience later motivated her to propose a year-long research project on talibé children in Senegal. Since graduating, Keturah has worked in the non-profit and legal sectors, and has continued teaching and mentoring through volunteer work and b’nai mitzvah tutoring at synagogues in the Washington DC area.

Keturah Webster*


Leigh is from the United Kingdom but has spent the vast majority of his post-education years living and working abroad. Shortly after finishing school, he left the UK for Greece where he enjoyed life as a fine artist for four years. Leigh later moved to Prague, Czech Republic where he spent five years working in the Information Technology sector for firms including Mckinsey & Company. From a very young age, Leigh has been passionate about wildlife and conservation and in 2013, he left the comforts of a corporate lifestyle to pursue his dreams. He ventured to South Africa where he obtained his nature guiding license and later went on to lead safaris through big-five game reserves and national parks. It was during his travels in Africa that Leigh discovered ASYV. He joined the 2014 fellowship and proudly served as cousin to the Nelson Mandela family in addition to his role as the Informal Education and Sports Development fellow. The year that Leigh spent living and working in Rwanda was the most powerful and profound experience of his life and he is extremely excited about his return to the Village. Leigh is also a skilled photographer and a keen writer. WEBSITE/BLOG: www.leigh-woods.com

Leigh Woods


*Denotes a member of the 2016 JDC Global Jewish Service Corps