We are seven Oberlin students working with the concept of sustainable volunteering.

Rebecca Balmer ’09: Rebecca is a comparative literature and theater double major from Portland, Oregon. Last spring she studied in Paris through a program with Sarah Lawrence College. Next fall–if all goes as planned–Rebecca will head to Central Asia to teach English with the Peace Corps.

Patrick Bourke ’11: Patrick is a African American Studies & Religion major from the South Side of Chicago. He is an RA, tutors at Prospect Elementary in Oberlin, is a member of Oberlin Posse 1, and plays shortstop for the Oberlin Varsity baseball team.  Patrick has done service work in Chicago, New Orleans, Oberlin, South Africa, and now Ghana. He hopes to study service-learning at the University of Cape Town in the Fall of 2009.

Sarah Frank ’09: Sarah is a theater major focusing on directing from Boston, MA. At Oberlin, she works at the Center for Leadership in Health Promotion as a peer health advocate and educational theater outreach co-ordinator. She spent February-June of 2008 in Ghana with the School for International Training (SIT) and May and June working at Sankofa Mbofra Fie. She continues to work with Sankofa Mbofra Fie as program development consultant.

Monica George ’12: Monica is undeclared in the College of Arts and Sciences. She was born and raised in Chicago and hopes to find a career in the Chicago music scene one day. Though this is her first service trip, she plans to do more volunteer work in the future.

Christina James ’10:

Yolanda Walker ’09: Yolanda is an international student from Cape Town, South Africa. She’s currently a senior and majoring in economics. Some of her extracurricular activities includes being president of the African Students Association-Oberlin Chapter as well as treasurer for Oberlin Students Finance and Investment Club. After graduating in May Yolanda will begin her career in finance with Capital Group Companies. She hopes to return to South Africa in a few years where she will use her education and skills to forward her nation. She lives by the motto “Leaders are made, not born”

Elizabeth Woodbury ’09:


One Response to “About Us”

  1. Gaynor Parke Says:

    Hey Christina,

    Sooooo amazing what you are doing. Remember me from the cruise in May/June 2008? I made friends with your Mum and I am the one from Australia.

    I’ll be watching to see how your trip goes and looking forward to all the discoveries you make ( about yourself, the world around you and the wonderful spirit that unites us all no matter where we live) Remember there is always a place for fun and a lightheartedness no matter what the circumstances as it always lightenes burdens of the soul as well as the body.

    Much love and I look forward to reading your entries.
    Gaynor xxx

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