Story and photo by Mary Hill
Allegheny College student Joe Phelps, of Titusville, wanted to go outside his comfort zone by traveling to South Vietnam for a six-week stay, where he will work with children who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Phelps is heading to the former Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City, with a population of nine million people.
He is traveling to Vietnam as a member of the university’s Bonner Scholar program.
According to the Allegheny College website, the Bonner Scholar program follows a similar framework, over a four-year period as Bonner leaders who work with a local agency for two years. They are part of the national AmeriCorps program, receive financial compensation for their commitment and participate in a leadership development training series.
Phelps, who is a senior at Allegheny, is majoring in studio art and environmental science.
He said the Bonner Scholar program is one of the more well-known and prestigious programs at the college.
He said there are about 60 students in the program, and 12 students join the program each academic year.
He added that the Bonner Scholar program involves federal work/study for students.
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Source: Student & Alumni Features