The Students for Humanity Review

February 19, 2020

The number and complexity of requirements that young adults are required to fulfill when they enter the labor market have only been mounting over the years. Apart from outstanding academic performance, firms have increasingly been seeking candidates with both analytical and soft skills and a multifaced personality. Although such qualities are justifiably sought after by employees, most educational systems do not diverge from their academic goals to cultivate and develop these skills. Luckily, students have started realizing the need to detach themselves from the “conventional” notion of education that so far occurs in the form of high school, undergraduate and graduate education. With this exact realization, the concept of a Gap Year was born.

A gap year refers to a 6-12-month time period d...

November 2, 2018

Marcella came back home two months ago, after a one-month volunteering experience in Abobo, Ethiopia. Abobo, one of the biggest towns in the Gambela region, is the location of a project started by the Salesian association “Gli amici del Sidamo”: initially focused on the health centre, in recent years they worked to develop the school and the oratory as well. Indeed, she spent her time working with the children and the young teachers of the school and the oratory.

  1. When did you decide to leave to Ethiopia?

I think I’ve ever known I’d have gone there, since I was a child. It took me some years before having the borders of this blurred project well-defined, but finally it took me there. However, it’s only few years since I knew about this specific association, via a friend of mine. I star...

October 5, 2017

“Can I have a dollar?” This is how Jamie Amelio – the founder of the Caring for Cambodia (CFC) – was approached by a skinny 8-year-old girl while she was visiting the magnificent Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia. J. Amelio had traveled there as a tourist, with the intention of having a great time, but she could not help noticing how different that question was compared to the other numerous approaches received from local peddlers that same day; therefore, her reaction was to ask the little girl – Sri Lan – what she needed the dollar for. The girl answered in perfect English that she needed the dollar to go to school, and it was in that moment that J. Amelio understood that Sri Lan “was not asking [her] for a dollar, [but] she was asking [her] for hope.” (J. Amelio)

That same year, i...

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