Three Guttman 2014 alumni are participating in exciting travel opportunities. Alfajo Jallow, currently a student at Fordham University, is participating in the Ubuntu Program in South Africa for the spring semester. As part of his study abroad experience, Alfajo is volunteering at the Soshanguve South Secondary School. Part of his service learning includes visiting poor townships. He has chosen to help these communities through his passion for art. Through “Project Ubuntu, he wants to use art as a platform for kids to communicate their stories, hopes, and dreams. “The University community has been very welcoming and helpful. We had a couple of important people from the Jesuit community who came to welcome us together with the former ambassador from South Africa to the United States. I am very impressed with the level of development in the country. The infrastructure is just mind blowing, and I cannot wait to explore more of the city… In a month from now, I will start an art project very similar to the one we did at Guttman with recycled items,” he noted. In less than two weeks, Alfajo has reached his goal of $2,500 through his GoFundMe account.
Gabby Rosario, who is now studying at Hunter
College,has received full funding to attend the 2015 International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP)-the Delegation on Nursing & Health Care in Sydney and Brisbane, Australia, May 24 -May 31. She received three scholarships towards the 2015 International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP) from the International Scholar Laureate Program, the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Hunter College, and the Provost of Hunter College. In addition, Gabby raised over $900 from family and friends through her GoFundMe account.
Gabby explained that by attending the Delegation on Nursing & Health Care in Australia “I will be able to gain firsthand insight into the care of patients in both modern and traditional settings. In addition, I would be able to engage in career-focused study detailing the history and global impact of careers—all while broadening my horizons in a foreign culture. Throughout my time at ISLP, I will also have the opportunity to uncover my destination’s cultural treasures, explore its modern-day wonders and soak up everything my host country has to offer.” After attending the 2015 International Scholar Laureate Program, Gabby will share her experiences with students at Guttman and Hunter College who are interested in a nursing career.
Maria Lisette Estrada, who is currently attending City College,
will be traveling to Chicago, Illinois, to participate in a Spring Alternative Break program. Maria has a passion to give back to communities similar to where she grew up (Queens, NY) and to youth. “I decided to go to Chicago because similarly to New York it is a city full of energy and excitement but also has room to unite people together from diverse backgrounds to work towards improving the community,” she says. In Chicago, Maria will volunteer in different areas of need, including poverty, hunger, and education. She is currently raising funds for her travel and lodging costs through her GoFundMe account.