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Go Farther and Discover

Uriel is a standout student at De LaSalle High School. He was recommended to us by our partners at HighSight because he wanted to go abroad on a service trip last summer. Farther Foundation helped Uriel travel to Ghana on a cultural immersion and service program run by Putney Student Travel.

Uriel shared a little of his experience with us:uriel-4

“The sun is as strong as it has ever been. It was hard to breathe because of the smell that lingered around the markets because of the fish and other livestock being sold. It was definitely an uncomfortable month without having the luxury of an a/c and running water. Mornings would always be humid in the bunk house and nights would be cold at the dinner table. There was never a perfect temperature but it was just something that you would get accustomed to. The environment and the people would help you get through it. Knowing that the person right next to you has also not taken a long hot shower and is sweating as much as you can be comforting. Doing community service in Ghana, West Africa was definitely an eye opening experience.”

His trip leaders with Putney Student Travel thought highly of Uriel as well. They wrote:

“We were so proud of Uriel for coming on this journey. There were a lot of firsts for him: first time flying, leaving the USA, seeing an ocean, to name a few. Those little things really captured for us the idea of “going beyond,” which he did so well and was thrilled to have experienced.

Uriel was awarded our MVT — Most Valuable Traveler. He would constantly ask how else he could help on projects, and interacted with the local community members. He was a great ambassador for Putney and the United States of America. Each day he would blow us away with his unending work ethic, critical thinking skills, and willingness to try new things!

We both had very meaningful and long discussions with Uriel on several occasions. His love for family, devotion to education, and commitment to new experiences greatly impressed both of us. He shared his dreams and aspirations with us and we were just so honored to be part of this eye-opening adventure. Uriel is a very deep thinking person and talking to him and hearing his different stories made an impact on us both.”

You can help. Farther Foundation and the students we serve depend on the tax deductible donations from people like you to make these life changing experiences possible. Visit our website to make a donation online.

Farther Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing scholarships to low-income students to inspire them to reach their highest aspirations through educational travel experiences.

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Photo contest winners – 2014

Every year, our student scholarship recipients come home from around the world and share their experiences with us in photos. We choose our favorites and share them with you!

First place

Jacqueline took this shot in Norway while she took a breather from a trip that challenged her physically and helped her grow as a team member and a leader.

Jacqueline took this shot in Norway while she took a breather from a trip that challenged her physically and helped her grow as a team member and a leader.

Second Place

Dejah went to Spain to participate in a language immersion program. She was caught in a pensive mood in this photograph with some dramatic lighting.

Dejah went to Spain to participate in a language immersion program. She was caught in a pensive mood in this photograph with some dramatic lighting.

Third Place

The mountains and the sky were beautiful when Rebeca captured this photograph of some of the local children she visited with during her service program in Ecuador.

The mountains and the sky were beautiful when Rebeca captured this photograph of some of the local children she visited with during her service program in Ecuador.

Somee Honorable Mentions

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Another from Dejah

Another from Jacqueline

Another from Jacqueline

Here is David in Costa Rica volunteering in the local community

Here is David in Costa Rica volunteering in the local community

Lesley had adventures and volunteered on service projects in Hawaii

Lesley had adventures and volunteered on service projects in Hawaii

Winston captured this photo at his volunteer assignment in Ghana.

Winston captured this photo at his volunteer assignment in Ghana.

Delia also made friends while volunteering in Costa Rica.

Delia also made friends while volunteering in Costa Rica.

Farther Foundation and the students we serve depend on the tax deductible donations from people like you to make these life changing experiences possible. Visit our website to make a donation online.

Farther Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing scholarships to low-income students to inspire them to reach their highest aspirations through educational travel experiences.

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Farther Foundation education travel grants help deserving students

Melissa This past summer, with the help of Farther Foundation, 16 eager and deserving Chicago High School students had the opportunity to travel across the country and around the world. While on their programs, these students had unique experiences that opened their eyes to a new world of possibilities and raised their expectations for what they could achieve in their education and in their lives.

One of these students was Melissa, a senior at Notre Dame High School who traveled to Ghana. Here is what Melissa had to say about her adventure:

                Traveling to Ghana in the summer of 2011 was definitely the best experience that I have ever had. To be honest, I did not know what to expect. When people describe any part of Africa, they only mention the poverty, never the beauty. Ghana has a beautiful rainforest and beautiful friendly people. My host family was very welcoming and I think they were the perfect family for me. Although, some of the most touching experiences occurred in the children’s home I volunteered at.

                A few days after arriving to Ghana, we finally arrived at the children’s home. This place had orphans, lost children, and children who were temporarily there because of family issues. There were so many different personalities. Everyday when I arrived, I would see smiles on their faces because they loved company. One of my favorite moments was when then kids took all of our cameras and took pictures like there was no tomorrow. Aside from keeping them company, we were able to re-paint the walls, buy new mattresses, fix some plumbing issues, build mosquito screens, and donate all sorts of toys.

                My family included a host mother, father, two aunts, one sister, and five brothers. I loved having plenty of family members. There was never a dull moment because there was always somebody to keep me company. They taught me so much about their culture. I learned how to eat foods without any eating utensils, how to speak “Twi,” how to greet people, how important school is in order to be successful, and how important family really is in our lives.

                As I returned back to the United States, I realized that I have indeed grown as a person. I am more understanding, grateful, and willing. My manners have also significantly improved. I was never a really big fan of saying please since I got whatever I wanted anyway. However, I now catch myself saying it more often. A life-long goal of mine is to continue to help those in need. My love for the country of Ghana is so strong that I plan to return within two years. To me, it is now like a second home. I am grateful that I got a scholarship from the Farther Foundation because without it, my trip to Ghana would have never happened. I am also thankful for the new friends, family, and memories that I now have.

Farther Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing scholarships to low-income students to inspire them to reach their highest aspirations through educational travel experiences.

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