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Two Shawnee State University students travel to Tanzania, Africa to volunteer their time and service

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Jul 7, 2016

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Samantha Rietschlin, nursing major, and Brandi Zlatkind, psychology major, traveled to Tanzania.

Samantha Rietschlin and Brandi Zlatkind are doing their practicum courses in an orphange in Dar Es Salaam through SSU's partner program KIIS Abroach at Western Kentucky University.

Two of Shawnee State University’s students, Samantha Rietschlin, nursing major, and Brandi Zlatkind, psychology major, traveled to Tanzania, Africa through the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) program.

Both students traveled to Africa to volunteer their time and service to the community and are doing their practicum courses in helping with children in an orphanage in Dar Es Salaam.

“There’s so much to experience and gain through this opportunity. I have had the amazing experience of helping assess 31 children who had just come to the orphanage, and it was really gratifying to be able to use the nursing skills I have acquired to help these kids,” said Rietschlin.

The students have not only gained experience in their own fields, but are being exposed to the culture and have been able to witness a traditional wedding ceremony as well as attend a church service held in Swahili.

“The support for both of these girls have been amazing with over 1,500 views on many of their online posts of their experience in Tanzania. Amidst many of the negative headlines throughout our community, I think this is not only a great testament to the many academic opportunities SSU provides to its students throughout Scioto County and the state of Ohio, but that there are still many good things to experience in the world. Additionally, it allows our SSU students to put their acquired knowledge from the classroom to practice via real life experiences abroad.” said Ryan Warner, Director of the Center for International Programs and Activities (CIPA).

KIIS offers 26 four-week Summer Study Abroad Programs in 23 different countries. This program meets the needs of students who can only afford to study abroad on a short-term program during a summer semester. Shawnee State University will host three faculty in the KIIS program for Summer 2017, Dr. Nicholas Meriwether (Berlin, Germany), Dr. Mich Nyawalo (Paris, France) and Dr. Tryphina Robinson (Denmark). All three professors will teach two academic courses in their host countries.

To witness their amazing journey and see how enriching a study abroad program can truly be, follow Rietschlin and Zlatkind on the Shawnee State University Center for International Program and Activities Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CIPA.SSU/.

For more information about the KISS program or how to be a part of a study abroad program, contact Ryan Warner at (740) 351-3127 or at rwarner@shawnee.edu.

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