North Central College - Naperville, IL

Students serve summer long, around the world

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Each summer, students at North Central College head to places around the world to serve alongside nonprofit organizations and people in disadvantaged communities. This summer, they'll work in three communities in Mexico, Kenya and the Philippines.

For the fifth year, students will travel to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, July 5-12, to serve with Casa de los Angeles, a nonprofit organization that provides a medical clinic, transitional housing, daycare facilities and other services for poor working mothers. North Central's Catholic Campus Minister Kevin O'Donnell of Lockport and eight students will help in the daycare centers and work on renovation and construction projects in various facilities. Participating students include 2010 graduate Chris Smith of Oak Lawn; juniors Jenny Baron of Justice, Michelle Condie of Freeport, Leslie Narunatvanich of Glendale Heights and Megan Holland of Midlothian; and freshmen Tyler Wilfley of Downs, Nicole Dingraudo of Elk Grove Village and Rebecca Armijo of Lemont.

Students are eager to return to Nairobi, Kenya, July 17-Aug. 2, for the fourth consecutive summer to serve with Koinonia Community. This Christian ministry works with marginalized people, such as children in difficult circumstances, especially street children, and women and youth from poor backgrounds. Led by Assistant Director of Ministry and Service Whitney Roberts of Chicago, students will also visit Kibera, one of Africa's largest slums; help with construction projects in western Kenya; and meet with representatives from the International Justice Mission organization and representatives from the Clinton Foundation. Student travelers include 2010 graduate Emily Vose of Aurora; juniors Steve Oliveri of Crystal Lake, Tim Whitney of Westminster, Colo., Kaitie Aufterheide of Galva, Megan Smith of Omaha, Neb., and Erica McCauley of Channahon; and sophomores Patrick Anderson of Poplar Grove and Holly Larsen of Bloomington.

The Philippines is the third service destination this summer where students will serve with Frontline Ministries in San Pablo City July 23-Aug. 7. Five students and Edna Howard, the campus postal center supervisor and Naperville resident, will work with abandoned and abused children, participate in Frontline's prison ministry and serve wherever needed. Students include 2010 graduates Casey Graham of Decatur, Lindsey Geshiwlm of Carlock, Anne Adamson of Cadillac, Mich., and Sunny Gill of Westmont; and junior Andrea Gaither of Medina, Ohio.

In addition to these summer trips, North Central College's Office of Ministry and Services sends student teams off campus for extended service and mission work during December Term and Spring Break. Students have the option of traveling locally, nationally and internationally to partner with organizations that are making a difference in the world. For more information contact Jeremy Gudauskas, director of ministry and service, at 630-637-5417.