CBOB is thrilled to welcome 12 new and 16 returning interns to our team this Spring! We are so excited to have them all join our fifteenth year of CBOB service. Our Operations Director, Shana Call says, "I’m looking forward to seeing what our interns have to offer this semester and how they will help CBOB make a difference in the community."
After a lengthy selection process, our leadership team chose the best of the best to continue our organization’s mission and help us reach new heights! Twelve interns were chosen out of the 26 who applied, meaning those chosen were the top performers in their respective fields.
Applicants went through two rounds of interviews and were also asked to perform a position-specific task in order for CBOB to get a taste of their skills in the position for which they applied. Only those applicants who demonstrated a passion for our mission and eagerness to learn more about how to give back were chosen.
With a range in interests from non-profit work to a career in law and nearly everything in between, our interns demonstrate a diversity that allows them to see from various perspectives, giving our organization the experience and knowledge it needs to continue thriving while always keeping in mind our goal of empowering through education.
Here's a little more information to allow you to get to know each and every one of our fabulous interns!
MacKenzie Felmet, Fundraising Intern
I chose to be a part of Children Beyond Our Borders because any time I felt insecure about my future I could look back on m educational accomplishments and feel proud of myself, and I really hope to give this empowerment and pride in oneself to others. Children Beyond Our Borders is not just an initiative to provide education and therefore opportunities for life advancement, but it also provides advancement in one's own self confidence through realizing one's intellect. I am from St. Augustine, Florida and currently I attend the University of Florida. I am a nursing major currently and I hope to be a nurse practitioner. A fun fact about me is that my father actually owns a store that sells hot sauce, and I am used to everything that was cooked at my house being spicy. I guess that's why I can handle the intensity of any medical degree at UF!
Madelyn Brenner, Public Relations & Social Media Intern
I am so excited to be joining the team at Children Beyond Our Borders in fighting for empowerment through education. I am interested in potentially working for a non-profit in the future, and I figured this would be a great way to get my foot in the door. I am majoring in Spanish and International Studies, with a minor in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance, so this position seemed to be right up my alley! I can't wait to see what the semester and future beyond have in store and I'm very lucky to be a part of this amazing team!
Jennifer Nicholas, Public Relations & Social Media Intern
I am from Jupiter, Florida. I am currently a junior at the University of Florida and I am majoring in marketing and minoring in nonprofit organization leadership. I am ecstatic to be one of the Public Relations and Social Media interns for the Spring 2018 term. After I graduate, I hope to hold a marketing position with a nonprofit organization that positively impacts children’s lives. Therefore, this internship seemed to be the perfect fit for me! I am really looking forward to working with the children and being able to make a difference in their lives. This is my first year with Children Beyond Our Borders and I am so excited to be a part of such a great organization. I can't wait to see all that we accomplish this year.
Tiffany Wut, Communications Liason
I am a junior at The University of Central Florida majoring in Biomedical Sciences. I am UCF's Campus Communications Liaison for Spring 2018 and I hope to pursue a career in pediatrics. I am originally from Boca Raton, Florida and I miss the beach being 15 minutes away from me. I am glad to be apart of the VIP intern program because it has shaped me into the leader I am today. CBOB has given me the opportunity to give back to the community as well as creating a bond with the children. I never dread going to my meetings and socials because I want to spread CBOB's mission. I cannot wait to see what CBOB has for me this semester!
Brooke Barber, Logistic Coordinator
I am a student at the University of Central Florida studying health sciences. I have a passion for travel and love to do so in a way that allows me to create a positive impact in the communities that I visit. I have traveled to about ten countries outside of America and have plans for visiting many more. I am passionate about my internship with Children Beyond Our Borders because it creates a platform for me to make a difference not only in my local community but in countries all around the world as well.
December Slater, Data & Analytics Intern
Hello all! I’m December and I started interning with Children Beyond our Borders at the start of this year. I like to help out, something that I hope shows in my work aiding students in solving computer problems, volunteering with CBOB, or assisting with running a small table-top club. I’m a senior at the University of Florida, getting my degree in Business Administration. It’s my hope to move out of state and get involved with the human resource practices at Riot Games or Blizzard Entertainment. I’m looking forward to a bright semester with CBOB and doing what I can to aid this organization!
Alexandra Hegley, Accounting Intern
Hi, I'm Alex! I am currently a third year Accounting major at the University of Florida. I am originally from a small South Florida town called Stuart. This is my first year involved with CBOB and I'm looking forward to being able to make a change in my local community and on a global scale as well. I admire the mission of CBOB and am extremely passionate about everything it involves, since education can bring so many new opportunities to the youth that they may not have had prior. I also appreciate that I will be able to gain hands on experience that will influence my future career goals and apply what I am learning to this internship. I'm thrilled to be a part of such a great team with such a big impact!
Estrella Alvarado, Community Outreach Intern
I am the Community Outreach at UCF and this is my very first internship so it holds a special place in my heart. The Bound for Peace trip was what caught my attention at first because I've always dreamed on going on a service trip my whole life and so I decided I wanted to be more involved before my dream can become a reality. I applied to be a part of the VIP family because growing up I wish I had individuals who were so dedicated in reinforcing how powerful education really is and being born in Peru, I am aware of all the difficulties young children face. CBOB means a lot to me because I can help educate and open the door of possibilities for the young minds of our future and that is very valuable to me. I am currently studying Public administration and Nonprofit management and I am very passionate about advocating for the mental health of everyone around the world especially making it known to the children. I love dancing, traveling, coffee shops, parks, reading, makeup and going to museums. For anyone that didn't know, my name means Star in English.
Minyoung Kim, Health Initiatives Intern
I am a second year Microbiology and Cell Sciences major and I plan to minor in Bioinformatics. In the future I hope to attend optometry school. I was originally born and raised in South Korea before immigrating to the United States. A fun fact about me is that I recently passed my citizenship test and I will soon be a US citizen!. I choose this internship because I saw it as an chance to give back to the community. CBOB means to me an opportunity to be proactive, passionate, and working to make the world a better place. I have been diligently working on the Community Health Fair for the past year in order to provide general healthcare services to those in need. I will soon see my work paid off soon when we finally hold our clinic this week!
Mariam Hussein, Campus Communications Liason
I am a third year majoring in biology. I am an
aspiring dentist and I hope to one day be involved with a non-profit dental clinic. I chose to be
involved with CBOB because I wanted to give back to the community and provide a helping
hand. CBOB encourages empowerment through education and I strongly believe in the power of
education and its ability to uplift individuals.
Cynthia Colas, Accounting Intern
I am a third-year undergraduate student studying for a double major in finance and accounting with a minor in management informational systems at Florida State University. I am the President of the FSU National Organization for Women and Florida Young Feminist Taskforce. I am a member of multiple organizations such as Students for a Democratic Society, College Democrats of America, National Organization for Women, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American Bar Association, Democratic Socialist of America, College of Progressives, and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Some of my achievements range from establishing the first professional accounting organization at FAU, receiving a participation scholarship from the National Collegiate Scholars Society, and being selected as a scholarship participant for the FICPA Accounting Orlando Leadership Symposium and AIPAC Washington D.C Policy Conference.
During this winter break, I had the pleasure of celebrating Christmas Eve with close friends and family members. I had the pleasure of telling my family and friends the many political adventures that I underwent during my academic stay in Tallahassee. Both my family and friends are ecstatic about my new career path in Children Beyond Our Borders and what the future has in store for me.
Samantha Boddupalli, Grant Writing Intern
My name is Samantha Boddupalli, but most people call me Sam. I chose an internship with Children Beyond Our Borders because I have a passion for non-profit work and education. From a young age, my parents emphasized the importance of education, which is why I am fighting to give others the opportunities with which I have been blessed. To me, CBOB represents the dreams of children everywhere of a bright future. It means equal opportunity for education regardless of race, gender, or social status. I am currently attending the University of Florida as a third year biochemistry major, with plans to go into medicine. Although I am from Tampa, both of my parents are from India. Here's a fun fact about me: I can speak four languages. I am so excited to see what the semester brings!
Valeria Reyes, Community Outreach Intern
I am a first-year Political Science and International Studies Double-Major. I am also looking into a minor in International Development and Human Assistance and receiving a certificate in International Relations. My birthplace is Bogotá, Colombia, however, I mostly grew up in Orlando, Florida. Children Beyond Our Borders is a right fit for me because it not only pursues the same goals I wish to achieve later in my life but it also focuses on my home country. When I was six years old my family was given the blessing to come to America and truly live the "American Dream" with lots of sweat and hard work. I know because I have experienced how hard life can be on someone who came from a society with limited opportunities. For the majority of my life, I have wanted to be able to give back to the children of my country by providing them with the opportunity to succeed academically as well as being physically and mentally healthy. In my future, I seek to get a Masters in International Relations and then work for a non-profit organization that aims to help the impoverished through education and access to healthcare. My dream job would be to work for UNICEF, especially in refugee camps and war zones.
Sharna-Kaye Silburn, Fundraising Intern
I chose to be a part of Children Beyond Our Borders because I am super passionate about the development of children and their futures, so much so that I want to take some years off when I graduate to become an elementary school teacher for awhile. Children Beyond Our Borders gives me so many opportunities to help children behind closed doors but also to be hands on with them and their futures. I am from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, born in Jamaica and I am currently in my third year at the University of Central Florida as a Criminal Justice major, I plan on going to law school and becoming a juvenile defense attorney because as I stated before children mean a lot to me and I feel as an attorney I can be a deterring factor in a child's life. A fun fact about me is that I am a red belt in Tae Kwon Do, which is one belt away from a black belt.
We also welcome a new addition to our Managers team:
Julia Lasley, Service Trip Director
After moving to Orlando, I wanted to explore ways to give
back to my new home by using my background in and love for education/international service. I chose CBOB for its dedication to creating opportunities for kids and communities that need it the most. To me, CBOB is a vehicle for empowerment and global change. I am originally from Cocoa Beach, Florida. After finishing high school, I attended FSU (Go Noles!) for my B.S. in International Affairs. I served as a Teach for America Corps Member in Jacksonville until 2016. This is currently my fourth year teaching middle school English and second year in graduate school (Lehigh University) for my Master’s degree in International Education. My career goals include teaching abroad and/or working
for a nonprofit in the field of international development with an
emphasis on girls’ education. This year I will visit my 30th country! And I’ve never had a cavity...yet!
We have already seen our interns get involved in our organization and community, and we can’t wait to see what else they accomplish in the upcoming semester!
Find out more about our upcoming community health fair!
By: Jennifer Nicholas
In order to stay healthy and therefore live a long and happy life, you must take preventative healthcare measures. Preventative health care consists of any medical service that helps you avoid serious health problems or emergencies. Unfortunately, millions of people die each year from preventable illnesses. For example, heart disease and strokes have been the main causes of death worldwide for the past 15 years. The fact that these deaths could have easily been prevented with better health care measures proves that preventative health care is vital in order to keep your body healthy. Due to preventable health care being such an important issue, Children Beyond Our Borders Inc. will be hosting a completely free community health fair in Alachua County on January 20th, 2018.
There are many different ways for you to take preventative healthcare measures. To begin, you should visit your health care provider at least once a year for an annual checkup, even if you believe that you are healthy. During your checkup, you will be screened for diseases, told about diseases that you may be susceptible to in the future, and have all your vaccinations updated. All of the previously mentioned services are a crucial part of lowering your risk for serious health problems and diseases, which is why free physical exams and basic consultations will be provided at CBOB’s upcoming community health fair. In addition, your health care provider will be able to give you advice on preventative healthcare measures that would best suit you. If you are educated about the proper preventative healthcare measures you need to be taking, you will be able to live a healthier lifestyle and be one step ahead in preventing disease.
Along with having annual checkups, you must also engage in healthy habits. Good nutrition and exercising regularly are two main components to living a healthy lifestyle. By eating healthy, you are giving your body the essential nutrients it needs to remain healthy, so it can defend itself against diseases. To promote wellness and a healthy lifestyle, CBOB will be providing healthy snacks at the community health fair. In addition to good nutrition, regularly exercising is also a facet of a healthy lifestyle because you are decreasing your risk of serious health issues, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and the chances of having a stroke. There will be interactive games and a Zumba class at the health fair in order for you to have fun while you are exercising and to get your heart rate going!
Here at CBOB, we believe preventative healthcare is extremely important. This is why we host our health fairs. Our next health fair will be taking place in Alachua County on January 20th, 2018 from 1-5 PM. The community health fair is open to anyone, but is aimed at helping underprivileged families who struggle to afford healthcare. The health fair will be located at: 13719 NW 146 Ave Alachua, FL 32615.
Find out more about the location of one of our Bound for Peace trips!
by Christina Mouttet
Colombia’s second-largest city is the gorgeous city of Medellin. This city is also the site for one of our Bound for Peace service trips this March. From beautiful attractions, kind people, and amazing food- it definitely should be on your bucket list. By signing up to volunteer, you will get to dive into the culture and experience this amazing city. The list of reasons Medellin is so beautiful is endless, but here are a few:
1. It is known as the “City of Eternal Spring” due to the gorgeous flowers that bloom all year long. We can thank Medellin’s near perfect temperature of (70-75 °F (22-23 °C) for this. There is even an annual festival dedicated solely to flowers, called "Feria de las Flores." It is one of the most important social events of the year and even includes a pageant, musical concerts, and parades.
2. Medellin is famous for its street art, especially in the Comuna 13 neighborhood.
3. Food. Bandeja Paisa is their national dish, and for good reason. It is made up of several components, including red beans, rice, plantain, avocado, pork belly, arepa, and fried egg.
Check out www.discovercolombia.com/bandeja-paisa for a recipe. Although, there is nothing better than going to Medellin and actually sampling the real thing!
4. Medellin is the fashion capital of Colombia. It is known for huge malls, two famous annual fashion shows, and being a hub for Colombia’s textile and apparel industry. It really is the place to be if you have any interest in fashion. Medellin's fashion extends to street style as well: visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmzujB41vaM to see more.
5. It is home to renowned artist Fernando Botero. He has even donated many of his pieces back to his city. To see more, check out Botero Plaza in Medellin.
These are only some of the highlights. You will just have to join us on our next trip to see the rest! Sign up today! Applications for our spring trip close January 21th and applications for our summer trip close February 25th.
Reflecting on 2017 and looking forward to 2018!
By: Micayla Kinder
It’s hard to believe that 2017 has come and gone and we are quickly approaching 2018! The end of each year often brings a time when people reflect on all the victories and successes from the year and look forward to what is to come. For Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. 2017 was a wonderful year! We held our 4th annual Gala and raised money for our CWOB programs, trained and promoted many new interns, sent volunteers on unforgettable service trips through Bound For Peace, added new scholars to our IAMCBOB scholars program, and worked tirelessly to make all of our CWOB workshops excellent!
The latest activity in 2017 was interviews for the next round of VIP interns. While many VIP interns plan to remain in their position during the new year many positions are left open which regularly allows a new set of talent and skill to enter into the CBOB family. Beginning in 2018, a new team of interns will join VIP and join our efforts of making CBOB great and fulfilling our mission. The new interns are very excited to begin working for CBOB and plan to take CBOB to the next level. Keep an eye out for a blog in the future to find out more about the new team!
Another exciting thing coming up for CBOB in 2018 is our Community Health Fair. CBOB will be hosting a completely free community health fair aimed at helping underprivileged families who struggle to afford healthcare, but all are welcome. This health fair will take place on January 20th, 2018 from 1 to 5 p.m. The fair will allow individuals access to free, basic consultations and physical exams. There will also be games and zumba to promote physical fitness and wellness. Lastly, healthy snacks and foods will also be provided! The fair will be located at: 13719 NW 146 Ave Alachua, FL 32615.
The start of the new year also means a new season of Bound For Peace service trips! Every year volunteers pack their bags and set off on an amazing adventure to help children in need and explore a new country! This year there will be trips both during spring break and summer. Over spring break, volunteers will travel on three separate trips to Medellin, Cartagena and Cali Colombia. The deadline to apply for a spring break trip is January 21st. Over the summer, volunteers will be going on three separate trips to Quito, Ecuador as well as Medellin and Cartagena Colombia. The deadline to apply for these trips is February 25th. These trips provide students with the opportunity to facilitate workshops, work directly with children and experience a new culture. To apply and learn more information visit: chbob.org/bound-for-peace.
In addition to new interns and service trips, CBOB is also preparing for their upcoming January workshops. These workshops are designed to be fun and educational for kids in our communities. The first workshop of the year is called Be The Light and it will be focused on the new year and helping these kids become the best version of themselves! The new year brings new ideas, new goals and new opportunities and this workshop will show children some of the key principles of life and how to utilize them. The workshop will take place on January 13th at Great Value Suites: 7100 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809. Volunteers are needed so we hope to see you there!
Children Beyond Our Borders would like to thank you all for supporting us and making 2017 incredible. We look forward to having an even better 2018 with you! Be sure to follow our social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates about future CBOB events!
by Christina Mouttet
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu
The kindness our sponsors have shown us has been so incredible. It is because of this kindness that Children Beyond Our Borders Inc. has been able to continue in fighting to realize our mission of education and empowerment. Our many programs like IAMCBOB Scholarship Program, Children Within Our Borders, Student Chapters, Bound for Peace Program, and the Volunteer Internship Program would not exist without the help of our sponsors and for that we could not be more gracious. Thank you for the incredible support and dedication, it means all the difference to the thousands of children we serve!
Here at CBOB, we think of ourselves as more than just a nonprofit organization. We are family- a family of believers, motivators and relationship-builders. Through their amazing support, our sponsors have truly become an integral part of our family.
We would like to begin by thanking our sponsors who so generously donated to our annual Gala. During this annual event, we hold a silent auction where the fantastic prizes are sold to the guests with the highest bid. These bids then become donations that go directly to helping our classroom facilities and programs. This year, we were able to include incredible prizes in the auction and we would like to show our gratitude to the sponsors who donated:
We would also like to extend our gratitude to our partners and supports in both the United States and in Latin America. These include:
Thank you also to 7Sage LSAT Prep for their sponsorship!
By: Maria Aguila
Happy Holidays! With all the events going on, you’re bound to find yourself shopping for a couple gifts to give to loved ones. Wouldn’t it be cool if your shopping could contribute to something more than just bringing a smile to someone you know? With AmazonSmile, your shopping can help millions of children across the world smile by just shopping through smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com.
AmazonSmile is an easy way to support Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is no different from the Amazon you know and love; the same low prices, and easy shopping experience. There is just one difference. At check-out, AmazonSmile will ask you to select your favorite charitable organization, in this case the organization you’d select would be CBOB, and 0.5% of your purchase price will be donated towards that organization instead of being collected for profit. That may sound small, but imagine how much it would add up if every shopper participated. However, not every single product is eligible for the program, so be sure to check for the "Eligible for AmazonSmile" indication on your product before purchasing!
The best thing about the program is how easy AmazonSmile is to use. No, you don’t need to make a separate account from your original Amazon account, and no, you won’t lose your shopping cart or wish list when switching to AmazonSmile. Everything transfers; the only difference is the URL you type onto the webpage!
Whether it is Hanukkah, Christmas, a birthday, or New Year’s, every gift can become a gift to someone else too. Donations can help bring warmth to those in need, and happiness to those without. At CBOB, our children are grateful for every donation received. Whether our children are global or local, we ensure that we help as much as we can so they can live the amazing life they deserve. For this reason, the CBOB family fully supports AmazonSmile and fully recommends that you use it throughout your holiday shopping. Lending just one hand can make a drastic difference in the world today, let’s fight poverty together with AmazonSmile today! Will you lend a helping hand?
By: Maria Aguila
The Volunteer Internship Program is an excellent opportunity that helps one grow as a professional and as a human being; contributing to transform another life and helping a child achieve their maximum potential is what this program is all about. The beauty in this program comes within the bright smiles on each child’s face as they realize how much they’re learning and begin to dream, thanks to you. Not only does VIP achieve its goal of empowering interns by providing them with life skills that they will carry out in the near future, but it is a program that shows interns that the world is in their hands.
My personal experience with the Volunteer Internship Program has been incredible. It has been enlightening to see how much change just one person can make in another person’s life, and it is amazing to see how much change a group of people can make in the world together. From weekly tutoring, to monthly workshops, to our annual Gala, below are the experiences of other interns:
"Working for Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. as a PR intern has been an incredible experience. I have learned how to be a good communicator, how to meet deadlines, stay organized and cooperate with my team to produce the best results for our organization. I now know how to use so many programs that I will use in my future career. This internship has both solidified my desire to work in this field and been a stepping stone to move me forward as a public relations professional. I am a more responsible, dedicated and hardworking person because of my experience with CBOB. Anyone who wants to grow as a professional and make a difference should consider applying for the VIP program!" -Micayla Kinder, Public Relations & Social Media.
"Working at Children Beyond Our Borders as a Community Outreach intern has allowed me to dive deeper into what I'm extremely passionate about, which is empowering children through education. Learning from experts, and knowing I always have a support system and resources available when needed is more than I could ask for. This position has given me an environment to blossom and gain many new skills. What impacts me the most is seeing the creation of an event come to life and lighting up the faces of all the children. It's a pleasure working with CBOB. "- Estrella Alvarado, Community Outreach.
"Being a part of VIP has been amazing so far. It has shown me how to give back and give children something that every child should have. I have learned how to manage my time better by making time for all the meetings and events. When a person says they don’t have time for something, what they mean is I am not making time for it. I can’t wait to proceed with my position as an intern at CBOB and fulfill CBOB’s mission!" -Tiffany Wut, Liaison
"I've had so much fun working with CBOB and have learned so much about PR! This internship has been amazing and seeing the difference we are making in the children's lives is so moving. I highly recommend this internship to anyone who is interested in PR or nonprofit work!" - Christina Mouttet, Public Relations & Social Media
"I’ve loved being a part of VIP. Interacting with the kids we serve and the community on behalf of CBOB has helped me grow as a human - both personally and professionally. On top of all that, the people I’ve met through CBOB have the warmest hearts and it’s such a joy to work with them!" - Anna Baringer, Community Outreach
There you have it. The world is ours, and thanks to CBOB, myself and others were given the amazing opportunity to empower those in it. Never forget, empowerment = education. Go VIP!
By: Micayla Kinder
Bound For Peace is CBOB’s incredible service trip program that sends volunteers to Latin America to facilitate educational workshops and make a difference in the lives of the children we serve. Over the years Bound For Peace has transformed and grown, and continues to be a powerful force working toward the mission of meeting community needs. The program works to provide social and emotional support for the kids we work with, and provide volunteers with exposure new cultures and knowledge about equity and inclusivity. This year we have several trips taking place over Spring Break and the Summer. Volunteers will be able to travel to places like Medellin and Cartagena, Colombia as well as Quito, Ecuador. If you would like to learn more about BFP and hear firsthand from a BFP alumni member you can attend one of our upcoming information sessions! There will be one at UF on December 6th in Matherly Hall room 0115 at 6:30 p.m. and another via Facebook Live on December 7th at 7 p.m.!
Catherine Phillips is a former BFP volunteer who went on a total of three service trips.
“The two weeks I spent in Colombia are, to date, the best two weeks of my life,” Catherine said. “The amount of love and zest those kids have for life, in the midst of their environment, is inspiring.”
Catharine stated that though no trip is the same, they all are so fulfilling and allowed her to form lifelong friendships.
For anyone thinking of going on a BFP trip Phillips said, “It will be the single greatest decision you make this year. It is challenging yet rewarding experience, and I promise you will return home a changed person because of it.”
Carolina Palacio was one of the trip leaders on the Bound For Peace trip to Medellin, Colombia this past summer. She helps give a great perspective on what the volunteers will actually do on the service trips.
“In Medellin we are helping underprivileged kids by integrating them in hands-on activities that work towards preparing them fight social conflicts in their country,” Carolina said. “We teach them positive values following themes like embracing the beauty of their culture, self care tactics, and even more universal themes like trustworthiness and fairness. All of these workshops strive to enlighten the children and inspire them to fight for a better future for themselves and everyone around them. Each volunteer is in charge of creating and implementing the workshops following the themes mentioned previously along with many other themes that promote the CBOB goal. The volunteers will be directly working with kids in engaging activities in the hopes of transmitting these messages but also giving the children a whole new experience to enjoy and learn from.”
Sofia Wills went on a trip to Medellin, Colombia this past summer and had an unforgettable experience there.
“My hopes before the trip was to make an impact in those girls’ lives, little did I know, that by the end of it, those girls would make an enormous impact in mine”
Acacia Douglas is another volunteer who went on a Bound For Peace trip.
“My experience with CBOB truly taught me love knows no language,” Douglas said. CBOB helped Douglas find her passion for education. For anyone going on a service trip, Douglas recommends to listen to the service trip leaders because they really work hard to provide the best training, trips, and experience.
Acacia said that it is vital for volunteers to listen to their trip leaders because they work hard to provide them with excellent training. She had these words of advice for students who are thinking about going:
“Know the reason you’re going,” Acacia said. “These trips will offer a chance to see and do things you never have before, but they are bonuses and a chance to see the culture of the country. If you go with an open mind and are ready to serve, you will have the most amazing and life changing experience of your life.”
To learn more about our Bound For Peace Service Trips visit www.chbob.org/bound-for-peace. To apply to become a volunteer visit chbob.org/bfp. Begin your adventure today and become a champion for change!
In honor of Thanksgiving, read about what the VIP team is most grateful for!
By: Micayla Kinder
The leaves are falling, the weather is cooling, the hot cocoa is brewing and hungry college students are heading home for the holidays which means it’s finally Thanksgiving! Every year, families around the nation come together to share a meal in honor of Thanksgiving. From the delicious Turkey, football games and family reunions, the Thanksgiving season is a memorable and fun time of year where people not only spend time with those they love but also reflect on the things that they’re thankful for. This year we asked members of the CBOB family what they’re most thankful for and the responses overwhelmingly show that our interns and staff know that the people, experiences and education they’ve been given are precious and that they should not be taken for granted.
Tiffany Wut is the communications liaison for Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. and spoke about how thankful she is for her friends.
“I am grateful for my eboard and here is a picture from our friendsgiving!” Tiffany said. “They welcomed me as communications liaison and I feel like I've known them for years. We are a diverse family and I can't wait to see what we accomplish together.”
Rebecca Troast, fundraising intern, has immense gratitude for her family and all that they do.
“I'm thankful for my family even if sometimes they drive me crazy,” Rebecca said. “I know they will always be there for me.”
Operations Director Shana Call stated that her family is what makes Thanksgiving special for her and that she loves the way the holidays brings them closer together.
“My favorite part of Thanksgiving is spending time with family,” Shana said. “It is one of the few times during the year when we slow down and appreciate each other without interruptions. Our family comes together and even with our differences we always agree that the love of family makes every holiday season special.”
Samira Gasanova, CBOB’s training coordinator is especially grateful for her mom and sister this year.
“I’m thankful to have a little family that supports me big time,” Samira said. “The care and motivation these two women give me is a blessing in it of itself. Whether it’s academic/career issues, personal problems, or even the slightest meltdown these two have always held it down for me. My sister and my mother are the two spirits I’m grateful to have in this journey. They’re as dramatic, silly, and fun as I am. It’s almost as if we grew up under the same roof.”
From family and life long friends to education and new opportunities, there certainly is a lot to be thankful for this year. Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! We are grateful for your continuous love and support of CBOB! May your bellies be full and your hearts be warm this holiday season!
By Melissa Moreno
The UF Medical Guild was formed in 1959 to promote friendship among its members and render service to UF Health and the communities it serves. In this past year, the Guild funded a total of $50,000 worth of grants to many organizations around the community - one of them being Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc.
Our very own health initiatives and grant writing interns, along with Dr. Diana Montoya-Williams, made this opportunity happen for our Children Within Our Borders program.
Dr. Montoya is originally from Medellin, Colombia and came to the US with her family when she was very young. She took advantage of all the educational opportunities the US had to offer her and ultimately ended up in medical school in Columbia University. Now in Gainesville, Florida, Dr. Montoya has lended her knowledge and passion for education, both locally and abroad, to CBOB in hopes of spreading our mission to the rest of the community. Dr. Montoya understands the value of education but she also understands the value of health care, which is something that not all children have access to in Alachua County.
Because of this pressing issue, CBOB started holding a Mobile Health Clinic where basic healthcare would be provided to the underserved and immigrant populations in Alachua County. In this event, we also create and educate a team of volunteers about the sociopolitical and health status of low-income children in the local and global community.
The aim for our organization and volunteers is to always serve those in need, but unfortunately we are unable to so without funding.
CBOB is fortunate enough to have such motivated and devoted volunteers like Dr. Montoya and our VIP team that work hard to make sure we have the funds to help those in need in our community.
The $1,500 grant that we received from the UF Medical Guild is an amazing success and something that CBOB is proud to share! We want to thank Dr. Montoya, our VIP team and the UF Medical Guild for giving us the opportunity to continue spreading the happiness and joy to the children that we serve.