Every Friday, the smARTS volunteer program brings arts education to the local elementary school that would otherwise have no art classes. Five of our Idyllwild Arts students volunteered as assistant art teachers and helped run theater games, origami projects, and drawing exercises. This is an ongoing collaboration; stay tuned for pictures of new groups of students every week!
Several years ago after a life-changing trip to Tanzania, Marianne Kent-Stoll (Dean of Academics) and her husband Don Stoll (Coordinator of International Student Life) started an international profit, Karimu. What began as a project to rebuild a defunct primary school has blossomed into a dynamic community empowerment organization. Every year since Karimu’s inception, Don and Marianne have arranged for teams of volunteers to return to the village and students have always been active participants. The trips are typically three weeks long in the summer time and conclude with a three-day safari.
Twenty-one Idyllwild students attended the introductory information session to learn more about the trip. Two students who went in the past, Allison Billmeyer and Ahmet Buyukcinar, told stories from their experience. Marianne answered questions and showed a documentary that past volunteers had put together. This year is also the first year that a student scholarship is available for Idyllwild students; $800 will be awarded to a selected student to help defray the cost of travel to Tanzania. (Applications are due on January 12th.)
Below are pictures of Idyllwild students who have volunteered in the past.