2005 Bali Summer Immersion alumna Laura Shirreff shares her reflections on a global journey exploring the intersection of sustainability, design, and culture.
How did you become interested in this particular VIA program and the topic of Fair Trade?
In June, VIA held its first Alumni Leadership Summit as part of a new initiative in building a sustainable, engaged, and interconnected alumni community. Alumni spanning 8 years of VIA experiences and 8 different programs gathered in Chiang Mai for
This summer we are looking forward to having an amazing team of social innovation coordinators for the July and August Exploring Social Innovation programs. Learn more about these energetic innovators who are excited to inspire the next generation of changemakers
How did you first become involved with VIA?
I became aware of VIA when Dwight Clark visited Grove House during my sophomore year. I was interested in international issues because of my past (born in Prague, Czech mother,
Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci, PhD, joined VIA’s American Culture & Society program at Stanford University in 2001. Her interest in cross-cultural learning and the US led her to return for a graduate degree and ultimately influenced the evolution of her PhD research.
Dr. Eric Larson joined VIA’s volunteer program in Hong Kong in 1968. This international service experience was the beginning of a rich career in medicine and medical research. This year, Dr. Larson released his book, Enlightened Aging: Building Resilience for
Exciting news for VIA!
VIA alumni and staff met today in Jakarta with President Obama as part of a small roundtable convened to discuss how young people create change in their communities. The VIA community members were alumni from Haverford