Beth deBeer found meaningful work – and a surprising connection to community – during her time volunteering with Shan Youth Power, a grantee organization of American Jewish World Service (AJWS) in Burma. Read below to find out more about her experience and check out a short video she made to raise awareness about the issues facing the Shan State population.
How did you end up volunteering with AJWS?
In college I was part of a cultural exchange program that sent participants to Ghana. Because of that trip, I decided to go to Ethiopia where my cousin was living. While there I volunteered with the Jewish Agency and JDC and realized I wanted to go back to the developing world again and do that same kind of [service] work. A friend of mine had been on AJWS’ summer program and that’s how I got involved.