Freeman Asia Interns Share Experiences in Blogs, Photos

IWU senior Laurence Henderson is among the interns blogging and posting photos about their experiences in Asia this summer.

June 29, 2017

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—With a Freeman Foundation grant covering their expenses, a record 34 Illinois Wesleyan students are conducting internships at locations throughout Asia this summer – and sharing their experiences through blogs and photos.

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After less than two days at Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm in the Philippines, senior Laurence Henderson spoke for many of his classmates as he wrote, "I know that I am in the midst of a life-changing experience."

Describing students he'd met at the GK School for Experiential and Entrepreneurial Development, he wrote, "When I tell you I am in the presence of some of the strongest, most humble individuals the world has to offer, I mean that whole-heartedly. These kids are rockstars. You wouldn’t believe the trials and tribulations that they have overcome in pursuit of their dreams... I am going to keep soaking up every ounce of knowledge I can from these kids."

See a collection of study abroad blogs, and read more from Henderson and the other interns: 

Freeman Asia Interns - 2017
Hong Kong
IES - Second Harvest
IES - Kanda University
IES - Friends of Earth



Payton Letko 



World Friendship Center

Josephina Blumberg

Lindsey Peters




EarthRights International

Linh Le

Megan Zsorey 




Food and Nutrition Research Institute 

Shravya Bommaveddi

Shenyu Lyu

Randi Wilson

Kathryn Halford

Ross Hettinger


International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

Annika Anderson

Giana Biddle

Kim Do

Megan Dolan

Ojaswee Shrestha

Brock Taylor