GLBL Students Studying and Serving The Global Community in Europe

Katrina Conrad - Asylum Seeker Center

Zweeloo, Netherlands Summer 2010

Katrina Conrad

Our goal as volunteers . . . [was] to organize, plan and implement activities for the children living in this asylum center. . . . Many families were from Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. . . .


I went into the internship believing that some of the structure and activities would already be in place . . . but I was completely wrong . . . .it was totally up to us volunteers to plan everything. . . .


We spent hours and hours planning and organizing . . . it was a little hard at first because we were still getting to know each other . . . We all had great ideas for activities and since we all came from different countries our ideas were different, so we had many varieties of games to play with the children. . . .


I was surprised when I found out that this specific asylum center was one in which people were sent to when they had been denied refugee status and were going to be sent home . . . . I find myself wondering what will happen to those kids [] that were born in the Netherlands, that lived here for years and years, who speak better Dutch than their family's native tongue . . . how will they adjust to their home?. . . .

Nicole Hofstadter - BG Klinik in Tubingen

Germany, Spring 2010

Nicole Hofstadter

BG Klinik is [] a trauma surgery center . . . I became a nurse's assitant in the clinic's aftercare program.. . . .


I had to make sure that everyone could comfortably eat . . . .I learned how to wash a patient, clean their stitches and wounds, recast their cast, take them to the bathroom and clean them up . . . wheel patients to operating rooms . . . record temperature and blood pressure . . . . . . .


I would help women with recently operated on arms to fix their hair and we would chat . . . some would ask me questions that they believed were normal, while I took them personally. . . .


although I had to battle a language barrier, a cultural block, and my fear of needles, I feel as though not only did I befriend and help patients, but they helped me in return . . . . . . .


although I will most likely never be a nurse, this experience has motivated me to continue to do service work around the world. . . .

Michael Pasquarelli and Charles Stratton

Caritas Florence, Italy Spring 2010

Michael Pasquarelli Charles Stratton

Caritas is a development and social service organization that aims to help the poor. The place where I interned . . . was a shelter for undocumented migrants who had to place to go in Florence. . . .


I was helping out those who were less fortunate by providing them hot lunches and spending the time to socialize with them and their children. Many of them had never spoken with Americans before, and after interacting with my I think their view on America has improved. . . .