STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Margaret Kromminga (’15) and Sarah McNeil (’15) explore leadership opportunities abroad Kromminga was there to teach, but she came away learning much more than she anticipated. “I discovered that you can be poor in more ways than just monetarily; you can also be spiritually and mentally poor. There is poverty everywhere in Zambia, yet the people there are so rich in life and joy.” McNeil, from Huntsville, ON, worked in Indonesia with the Dejavato Foundation, an Indonesian-based non-governmental organization (NGO) that provides social services through an international volunteer network. She worked with Dejavato for six months after high school, teaching English in an Islamic boarding school. Through the Mansbridge Internship she returned as an intern in the office, hoping to get a deeper understanding of how non-governmental organizations (NGO) function internationally and the role that international volunteering plays in Indonesian society. “My experience was unique because I was going back to a place I had already been. I was able to go back with a different mindset and really appreciate the challenges the organization that I interned with faced. It was a totally new, but also familiar experience.”  Although her experience turned out to be different than what she had planned, she returned home with many valuable lessons about international volunteering. “I quickly realized how important relationships and the nuances of the operation really are,” she says. “The organizations face many challenges and I now have a deeper appreciation for how they operate.” Kromminga and McNeil also received the J. Armand Bombardier International Travel Grant at Mount Allison to help fund their internships and received experiential learning credits towards their degrees. Margaret Kromminga, second left, in Zambia /9