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Reed students Hatai Kraushaar '01, John Maughan '02, Devon Pattillo '01, Danielle Shea '01, and Elspeth Tanguay '00 recently received Service Learning Afield (SLA) grants from Reed College. The grants provide each recipient with funding to support a community service project during the summer or academic year related to his or her academic interests.

Each recipient was required to submit a proposal outlining his or her planned internship and its relation to the student's Reed experience. Proposals are judged by their applicability to the student's field of study, realism, quality of planning and presentation, use of service-learning methodologies, and the level of service that is provided to the community in which the experience will take place.

Hatai Kraushaar, a biology major from Nairobi, Kenya, plans to study and assist in public health and AIDS organizations in northern Thailand. Learning about the language and religion of the region will be integral to her seven-month experience. She will spend two weeks with a district hospital doctor in Chiang Rai, two weeks working with an AIDS program in Mae Chan, and two weeks performing public health campaigning and analysis at the Provincial Medical Office. Kraushaar will then formulate a project for the remainder of her stay in Thailand. She has also arranged to contribute time to help jump-start a program for AIDS orphans that is run by the Northern Rotary Club and the Center for Disease Control.

John Maughan, an anthropology major from Baxter, Minnesota, will volunteer his time in Germany. He is looking for a placement that will make use of his language skills and allow him to explore child development and psychology.

Devon Pattillo, a biology major from Glenwood Springs, Colorado, has decided to volunteer his summer to help children ages six to fifteen explore their relationship to the natural environment through the Front Range Natural Science School in Boulder, Colorado. He believes that "Before we can expect to change our patterns of progress and development, or fight for the preservation of wild and natural spaces, we must first learn to love those places." He says that his former experience teaching young people through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's biology outreach program in Portland is perhaps the most difficult and rewarding thing that he has ever done. His primary objective for the summer is to gain a stronger repertoire of teaching skills. "After three intensive years of studying biology at Reed, I am longing for experiences that will bring my knowledge and critical thinking skills down or across, in such a way as to connect me with kids."

Danielle Shea, a biochemistry and molecular biology major from Lincoln, Nebraska, will explore public health and medical issues for seven months in northern Thailand under the direction of Dr. Somsak of the Chiang Rai Medical Office. She hopes to "gain a broad overview of the public health and medical practices with the opportunity to choose an area of focus where I can be the most beneficial to the community." To this end she has organized three initial short-term internships with the opportunity to design a longer-term project once she identifies a local need that matches her own educational desires. Shea says that one of the most exciting parts of this experience is the possibility of establishing an ongoing program that would give other Reed students a chance to continue this kind of experiential learning with the contacts made during her time in Thailand.

Elspeth Tanguay, a economics major from Portland, will work with the Grameen Bank, a nonprofit lending organization that provides very small loans to groups of women in rural Bangladesh, who are often denied entrepreneur loans because of their lack of collateral. Tanguay's particular interest in interning with the Grameen Bank stems from her desire to research the adaptation of technologies that provide low-cost benefits to the poor while minimizing negative effects on the environmental.

Designed to enhance Reed students' academic experiences, the Service Learning Afield program provides students on summer vacation, study abroad, or on leave with grants, advice, and contacts to complete community service projects that are relevant to their academic interests and provide background material for Reed senior theses, existing courses, or independent study work. The funding for SLA is provided by a grant from the Western Region Campus Compact Consortium, a regional group of Campus Compact member schools.