July 14, 2011 (New York, NY) – The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) recently announced the recipients of the Rachel Robinson International Fellowship (RRIF) program. This year’s recipients are JRF Scholars Carol Guerrero from Boston University and Vina Vo from the University of Southern California. RRIF was established in 2007 to promote and support international study abroad opportunities for JRF Scholars. These scholars have demonstrated leadership potential, academic excellence and a strong interest in international advocacy and global service.
The RRIF Fellows are participating in an internship with CARE. JRF has partnered with CARE, an international humanitarian organization that addresses root causes of poverty to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters.
The 2011 JRF/CARE internship is taking place in the Republic of Ecuador in South America. Past sites for summer internships took place in Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania in Africa. The entire experience, from training to internship, lasts approximately 8-weeks. The Fellows are maintaining video blogs to document their experiences. Carol’s video blog is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAN0rF-juiQ and Vina’s is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvDRgGHh9To. Please check back for weekly updates. The internship will culminate with a debriefing session where the Fellows will have an opportunity to share their experiences with JRF and CARE staff at their headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation covers all expenses incurred during this program, including travel, housing and immunizations. Fellows also receive a stipend to cover general living expenses during the summer.
For additional information about The Jackie Robinson Foundation and the Rachel Robinson International Fellowship, please visit: www.jackierobinson.org.