2009 Summer Interns

Shane Capps

"I really enjoy working with people, while in Uganda I hope to build relationships with people that will last a lifetime. It's not what we do while we're there, but it's the relationships that we make that make the experience a lasting one."

Grace Chesson

“I am interning in Uganda because I want to experience something that feels real, that is meaningful and that forces me to understand my life from a new perspective. I want to cultivate strong relationships and submerge myself in the richness of a culture and life that is so vibrant, alive and often misunderstood.  In American society, it is so easy to become caught up in a material and superficial life, but Africa is the real deal, and I want my vision to be cleared once again and to be shown what is really important.”

Kate Dickson

“I am so thrilled to be able to work with Katosi this summer through the AGRADU Internship. I am extremely passionate about sustainable community development and this is an amazing opportunity to experience and participate in such development first hand.  The organization has an incredibly inspiring goal of women’s empowerment, and I am excited have been given the chance to help them work towards it in anyway possible.   The prospect of traveling to Uganda is also very exciting; I’m a bit nervous but I can’t wait to arrive and become a part of such a new, unfamiliar culture!”

Rhea Gupta

"Overall, my interest lies in people, I believe the only way to fix the problems of the
world is to interact with the people affected. This summer I'm just excited to be a part of, in my opinion, a world changing organization."

Hema Kondur

"I want to learn, grow, explore, teach, be the difference.  If my nerdy 4-H career left me with anything, it would have to be its slogan, “to learn by doing.”  This principle will guide me through the incredible opportunity awaiting me in the forthcoming summer months."

Ashley Nicole Lewis

"I think that the future of a country resides in its children. If children are shown the power of learning and education, sustainability becomes far easier to achieve. I am looking forward to going to Uganda to promote this aspect of sustainability, and to impact the lives of as many children as possible."

Maressa McCall

"I've always had a passion for Africa and never understood why.  This internship is just
what I need to discover what Africa has in store for me and simultaneously what I have in store for it."

Megan Straubel

"The AGRADU internship gives students the chance to utilize our education in a way that we rarely do. I want to go to Uganda to make a difference in the lives of others, while at the same time shaping my own."

Sathya Vijayakumar

"I would like to go to Uganda to meet its people, learn about its culture, and bring alive its history in a modern context."

2009 Summer Intern Blog