Salisbury University Students Volunteer with USAID in Africa - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Salisbury University Students Volunteer with USAID in Africa

Updated:
From left are Ashley Van-Veen and Jewellianna Palencia. From left are Ashley Van-Veen and Jewellianna Palencia.
SALISBURY, Md.- Salisbury University juniors will spend part of their summer helping people they haven’t yet met in a country they never dreamed they would visit.

For three weeks, Jewellianna Palencia and Ashley Van-Veen will volunteer at Sparrow Rainbow Village, a facility for those infected with HIV and AIDS, in Gauteng, South Africa, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

This opportunity was made possible in part by SU’s TRiO ACHiEVE Student Support Services program and Dr. Andre P. Stevenson, the social work department chair at Bowie State University.  TRiO helps first-generation students with financial need and those with disabilities achieve their academic potential and personal goals.

Palencia, a psychology major from Washington, D.C., and Van-Veen, a respiratory therapy major from Guyana, now living in Baltimore, both became involved with TRiO as freshmen. Their experiences in the program have been positive, they said, culminating with the opportunity to volunteer abroad.

“To be able to travel and help people in a completely different country seemed like a really awesome experience,” said Palencia. “Being able to experience a new culture is something I will be able to take and use in any aspect of my life.”

Established by Sparrow Ministries, Sparrow Rainbow Village provides hospice care for the terminally ill, as well as a children’s home for youth who have become homeless due to their caretakers’ deaths. The facility also offers an adoption program, weekend parenting classes and a counseling center.

USAID accepts volunteers with medical, educational, recreational and psychological backgrounds for the program. Palencia and Van-Veen’s fields of study helped set them apart from other applicants.

Through her major, Van-Veen currently fulfills clinical hours at hospitals. She said her work there made her particularly interested in learning about the clinics and orphan care procedures at Sparrow Rainbow Village.

Van-Veen and Palencia expect to use the skills they gained in SU’s classrooms during their experience in Africa.

Their efforts are expected to serve as a pilot for future TRiO students interested in volunteering abroad in community health and social work fields. The program would support SU’s mission of learning, community and civic engagement.

For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU website at www.salisbury.edu.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Former Dover Airman to Plead Guilty in Child Sex Abuse Case

    Former Dover Airman to Plead Guilty in Child Sex Abuse Case

    09/22/2017 07:31:00 -04:002017-09-22 11:31:00 GMT
    Friday, September 22 2017 7:40 AM EDT2017-09-22 11:40:00 GMT
    Akeem BeazerAkeem Beazer
    A former Dover Air Force Base airman has agreed to plead guilty to charges involving the alleged sexual abuse of a teenage runaway.More
    A former Dover Air Force Base airman has agreed to plead guilty to charges involving the alleged sexual abuse of a teenage runaway.More
  • Salisbury City Police Obtain Surveillance Footage of Cook Out Assault

    Salisbury City Police Obtain Surveillance Footage of Cook Out Assault

    09/21/2017 17:18:00 -04:002017-09-21 21:18:00 GMT
    Friday, September 22 2017 7:29 AM EDT2017-09-22 11:29:31 GMT
    Cook OutCook Out
    Salisbury police are hoping that surveillance footage taken at the Cook Out restaurant on the city's south side will help them locate seven people who attacked four Salisbury University students early Saturday morning.More
    Salisbury police are hoping that surveillance footage taken at the Cook Out restaurant on the city's south side will help them locate seven people who attacked four Salisbury University students early Saturday morning.More
  • Delaware Man Charged In Hawaii Nightclub Shooting

    Delaware Man Charged With Hawaii Nightclub Shooting

    09/21/2017 16:40:00 -04:002017-09-21 20:40:00 GMT
    Thursday, September 21 2017 4:45 PM EDT2017-09-21 20:45:57 GMT
    A Dover woman was arrested after providing officers with a fake name.A Dover woman was arrested after providing officers with a fake name.
    A former Delaware death-row inmate who brought an 18-year-old Delaware man to Hawaii to get a fresh start says the teen has been falsely accused of a deadly shooting because he's black.More
    A former Delaware death-row inmate who brought an 18-year-old Delaware man to Hawaii to get a fresh start says the teen has been falsely accused of a deadly shooting because he's black.More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Salisbury City Police Obtain Surveillance Footage of Cook Out Assault

    Salisbury City Police Obtain Surveillance Footage of Cook Out Assault

    Salisbury City Police are hoping that surveillance footage of an assault at Cook Out will help them in finding seven people who physically attacked four Salisbury University students in the early hours of Saturday morning.

    More

    Salisbury City Police are hoping that surveillance footage of an assault at Cook Out will help them in finding seven people who physically attacked four Salisbury University students in the early hours of Saturday morning.

    More
  • Woman Makes 125-Mile Journey Across Tubman Byway

    Woman Makes 125-Mile Journey Across Tubman Byway

    It's 9 a.m. and Mashona Council is beginning her day. After spending Wednesday night at the James Webb Cabin in Preston, Md., a stop near the Underground Railroad, she's gearing up for her journey. It's a journey she says is both literal and metaphorical. Council says she's walking the whole 125-miles of the byway for herself.

    More

    It's 9 a.m. and Mashona Council is beginning her day. After spending Wednesday night at the James Webb Cabin in Preston, Md., a stop near the Underground Railroad, she's gearing up for her journey. It's a journey she says is both literal and metaphorical. Council says she's walking the whole 125-miles of the byway for herself.

    More
  • Some Delaware Correctional Officers Concerned Over Rec. Time for Maximum Security Inmates

    Some Delaware Correctional Officers Concerned Over Rec. Time for Maximum Security Inmates

    Some correctional officers in Delaware are concerned about staffing accommodations for maximum security inmates at the Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna, a prison that experienced an inmate uprising in February in which a correctional officer died.

    Jurgen Burgoyne, a former correctional officer, said he and colleagues who still work at Vaughn are concerned about a decision to resume giving maximum security inmates 17-and-a-half hours of recreational time a week.

    More

    Some correctional officers in Delaware are concerned about staffing accommodations for maximum security inmates at the Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna, a prison that experienced an inmate uprising in February in which a correctional officer died.

    Jurgen Burgoyne, a former correctional officer, said he and colleagues who still work at Vaughn are concerned about a decision to resume giving maximum security inmates 17-and-a-half hours of recreational time a week.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices