Summer Journeys

Taft students and faculty travel far and wide every summer, to both learn about and make an impact on the world. Some work to make a difference closer to home. They all have remarkable stories to tell.

Safe Haven

Kaitlin Ip ’23

Kaitlin Ip ’23 is a recognized leader on Taft’s campus. She is also a leader on the global stage, having served as a Young Ambassador and volunteer for the Changing Young Lives Foundation (CYLF) since she was in eighth grade. Over the summer, she continued her work with CYLF, teaching English to young learners in Hong Kong.

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Coastal Conservation

Noah Cinel ’24

With support from Taft’s Robert Keyes Poole ’50 Fellowship program, Noah Cinel '24 spent 16 days working to protect the coastlines of the Dominican Republic with Rustic Pathways last summer. 

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Bonds of Friendship

Ania Joszczyk ‘23

Ania Joszczyk ‘23 traveled to Havana last summer to build bonds and spread good will through service, spending time in with local nursing home residents each morning, and local school children each afternoon.

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Giving Voice, Sharing Love

Jack Johnson ’23

With support from Taft’s Meg Page ’74 Fellowship program, Jack Johnson '23 spent one month in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, over the summer performing physical and speech therapy with children dealing with cerebral palsy, autism, and Down syndrome. 

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Global Connections

Fiona Zimon '24

Fiona Zimon '24 spent three weeks in locations across Fiji and Australia over the summer, engaging in service-work that ranged from conservation and eco-restoration, to harvesting vegetables and serving at a local shelter. The nature of each day’s work was driven by the needs of the community.

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Cultural Connections

Khai Shulman '23

Over the summer and with support from a Meg Page ’74 Fellowship, Khai Shulman '23 traveled to Vietnam’s Hue province, where he spent three weeks in the township of Thuy Bang working with children in the Duc Son Orphanage.

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Hands-on Medicine

Erin Butler '24

With support from a Meg Page ’74 Fellowship, Erin Butler ’24 recently spent time with current medical students at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School in the classroom, the anatomy lab, and the exam room.

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The Road to Discovery

Ayden Cinel '22

Ayden Cinel '22 took a deep academic dive into biomedical building blocks through a new, virtual and immersive course in modern biology, part of Columbia University’s prestigious program for high school students.

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But to Serve

Julissa Mota '22

Julissa Mota '22 is a passionate learner. Over the summer she became a passionate teacher, guiding young students in Central America.

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A Global Perspective

Francesca Nyakora '19

For Francesca Nyakora ’19, international relations is a way of life, with family in Kenya and relatives working for the United Nations across the globe. It also led her to Yale this summer to study international affairs and global security as a Yale Young Global Scholar.

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