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Greeks serve worldwide
By Rose Gause I Mass Communication '20
Social Marketing Team writer?
2/16/2018
 
Volunteering your time, effort, and services to help others can be a fun and rewarding experience. Most people have volunteered locally at animal shelters, summer camps, and soup kitchens. Just volunteering locally can be very fulfilling and eye-opening so just imagine how life-changing volunteering abroad can be.  
 
Students volunteer in Ireland
Front Row (L to R): Steve Ornstein, Dr. Barbara Ornstein, Sara Paul, Betty Le, Elaine Saxton, Elle Wilson, Caitlyn Conrad Back Row (L to R): Canyon Lohnas, Josh Mallow, Rachael Yost, Dr. William Bingman, James Kirk, Tori Glass
 
Over the winter break, a few FSU students decided to take part in this life-changing experience and expanded their horizons by serving others in another country. Students Victoria Glass, Joshua Mallow, Elle Wilson, Sara Paul, Betty Le, Elaine Saxton, Caitlyn Conrad, Canyon Lohnas, Rachael Yost, and James Kirk served in Ireland through the education department. They were accompanied by Dr. Barbara Ornstein, assistant director of children’s literature, Dr. William Bingman, director of children’s literature center, and Dr. Stephen Ornstein, retired director of networking and telecommunication. While students Jazlyn Heeter, Jacy Heeter, Estefani Romero, Sara Shelton, and Haley Jackson served in Guatemala through the Danville Church of Brethren located in Rawlings, MD. 
 
Victoria Glass is a second-year graduate student she earned her bachelors in elementary/middle school education with a focus in language arts. She is currently pursuing her masters in literacy education. She is a graduate assistant and is a member of Alpha Phi Omega and Delta Zeta. Her time abroad lasted from January 4th through the 18th and this is her second time experiencing the Ireland culture and education.  
 
“I loved it. The culture there is similar in some ways to here, but it’s an older country so the history is so much richer. They have castles which is one of my favorite things, but just learning about the history of the different cities and things like that is incredible,” says Glass. 
 
Before traveling to Ireland, she skyped with the 5th and 6th class to see what they were interested in learning about America. The lessons she ended up teaching them were based off their interest which included the Statue of Liberty, Martin Luther King Jr., famous American women, and American politics. Throughout the trip they visited the following elementary schools: St. Conaire's, Scoil Phadraig Naofa, and Gaelscoil Mhainistir na Corann.  
 
“Besides the history going into the schools was a fantastic experience. We learned some Gaelic (Irish language) here and there that helped us interact with the kids since they were taking the time out of their day to learn about America we wanted to return the favor and show that we were willing to learn too,” says Glass. 
 
Blarney Castle
 
Joshua Mallow also traveled with the education department to Ireland. He is a senior pursuing a degree in liberal studies. He is a member of ECHOSTARS, Phi Sigma Pi, Colleges Against Cancer and vice president of programming for Greek life. He too planned lessons and implemented them in the schools. He attended lectures given at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick and taught the students at the elementary schools about the weather patterns of hurricanes, something they don’t experience in Ireland. Although he is not an education major he was interested in the education process in Ireland and how they hire and train their professionals since he has hopes of one day working in human resources to ensure employment equality.  
 
“They are so hospitable there. They don’t care if it’s a glitch in the schedule they just drink tea and go with it. It was enlightening because they were excited to learn about other people and get a glimpse of what it is like to live somewhere else. In a world where there seems to be so much hate, you would never see that in their country. Pictures don’t do it justice. It looks like the pictures that have been professionally done and you’re like wow that’s really amazing. The country really looks like that,” says Mallow. 
AST sisters in Guatemala
 
Jazlyn Heeter is a sophomore pursuing a degree in mass communication. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Tau. Her time abroad lasted from the January 9th through the 18th. This is her third time volunteering abroad. She was accompanied by her two Alpha Sigma Tau sisters Shelton and Romero, and two other FSU students Heeter (Jazlyn’s sister) and Jackson. While in Guatemala they stayed in the Casa Aleluya orphanage in San Lucas Sacatepéquez, Guatemala. They helped clean up around the orphanage and spent time with the children. They also traveled into the villages and gave out rice, beans, sugar, care packages, clothes, and bibles.  
 
“It was just amazing. I go in January because it’s a wakeup call for the year. It makes me thankful for what I have. I just think like wow it’s kind of crazy what we have and to see what other people have. It’s a third world country over there…very impoverished,” says Heeter. 
 
AST sisters spent time volunteering in Guatemala over winter break
 
I have traveled before, but this was my first time to a third world country so it was sort of a culture shock to me. It was a very amazing experience that left me feeling extremely thankful and wanting to help more,” says Shelton. Shelton is a sophomore pursuing a degree in political science and law and society.   
 
Stef Romero reads to a Guatemalan child
 
“My experience was unbelievable. I would never have thought that I could go to a foreign country and stay with a group of ten strangers and two sorority sisters! I met a lot of loving children that were so excited to spend their time with Americans,” says Romero.
 
Romero is a senior pursuing a degree in health science with a minor in Spanish.  
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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