Jenna Bott poses with two children she worked with in Uganda.

Educating beyond borders

Jenna Bott, a Peace and Conflict Studies students, has always had a passion for travelling and learning about other cultures. It’s only natural then, that she spent her summer beyond borders in East Africa. Jenna volunteered for three months in Uganda for Reach Out Mbuya, an HIV/AIDS non-government organization, working in the “Operation Children Support” program with orphans and vulnerable children.

The program Jenna worked in provided school food, material and psychosocial support that included one-on-one counseling and group discussions. Jenna, who aspires to have a career in social work, had the opportunity to lead group discussions on peer pressure, sexually transmitted infections (STI), sex and sexuality.

Jenna fully enjoyed her experience abroad. “It was an incredible learning experience,” said Jenna. “I have a deeper appreciation of the value of education, and I know I need to continue my education to gain the skills necessary to pursue a career in social work.”

Jenna found the opportunity to go abroad through Waterloo International and their Global Experience Certificate program. You can read more about Jenna’s experience abroad, as well as how to explore you world during International Education Week, on Waterloo Stories.

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