For ten years, Dr. Jill Newton has coordinated the Maymester in Tanzania program and has created a highly successful and compelling program. Her aim for this program was to create a mini Peace Corps experience for Purdue University students, seeing as she has herself served as a Corps member in Papua New Guinea. One of the most impactful and rewarding components of this program is the service learning opportunities she encourages. Purdue University students attending this program have received a total of over $23,000 in service learning grants to date towards bettering the communities they interact with daily while on this culturally immersive experience. Dr. Newton has created a program that not only serves the students participating in the trip through academics and a new cultural environment, but also serving the communities that open their homes to Purdue University for four weeks every May.
Duke, Laura and Busch, Madison
"Purdue Students in Tanzania: Establishing Connections Through 10 Years of Service-Learning,"
Purdue Journal of Service-Learning and International Engagement: Vol. 6
, Article 18.
Available at: https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/pjsl/vol6/iss1/18