Zambia 2013, Day 14 – Zambikes and World Bicycle Relief July 8, 2013.      LearnServe is also interested in exploring models of local social entrepreneurship in Zambia. Through a contact in DC, we heard about a local organization called Zambikes which we visited today…  …The Zambikes folks allowed us to test drive this vehicle and the…

Learn Serve Mexico 2012 IFE fellows and interns shared a weekend during the 2012 Christmas Holiday making a difference in the lives of a needy family in Mexico. Student volunteers brought the labor while Homes of Hope brought everything else. It was a fantastic team building job and they actually built a home. During the…

This summer’s LearnServe Jamaica participants traveled to Jamaica for 17 days. We spent our first five days in the rural coffee-farming village of Penlyne Castle. Our living arrangements for this first part of our trip were homestays amongst the village families. I stayed with Richard, whose son and daughter was away at high school in…

This summer I participated in the Learn Serve Zambia trip, one of three abroad programs run by Learn Serve International for DC area high school students. The purpose of this program was two-fold, to educate us on development and social issues in lesser-developed countries, while at the same time working with different organizations, and schools…

The Federal government has had alot of catching up to do in the technology space over the past few years.  Prior to the current administration, the U.S. had no Chief Technology officer, no Chief Information Officer, no comprehensive strategy for international cyber policy, no unified set of goals for broadband infrastructure – and a West Wing full of ancient computers and obsolete software.

Equally worrying was a true tech talent gap: technologists and entrepreneurs didn’t understand the needs of their government, or the opportunities for innovation within it.  The civil service wasn’t welcoming, the procurement process was byzantine, and outreach from government leaders to the tech community minimal.

Last Thursday, though, the Obama administration took an important step towards lowering these cultural and practical barriers…

By Quenton Horton, IFE Intern Director, LearnServe China, LearnServe Egypt

Institute for Education’s strategic partner Learn Serve International, http://learn-serve.org/, held their annual Venture Fair in early April. The LearnServe Fellows Program brings together high school students from across the Washington, DC, area to learn how to bring sustainable social change to their communities.  Over an academic year, students design and launch their own social “ventures” — action projects to benefit their schools and communities. The students hopefully will become social entrepreneurs.

On Jan. 25, the “Day of Rage” that sparked the Egyptian revolution and the demise of President Hosni Mubarak, Omar Abdel-Maksoud, a mechanical engineering student at the British University in Cairo, received a Facebook invitation to “join the revolution” in Tahrir Square.

Jacob Comenetz, The Washington Diplomat, September 2011

Since early 2010, wheels were turning to launch LearnServe Egypt in Cairo in the summer of 2011, a flagship program bringing American and Egyptian university students together for a six-week “boot camp” of entrepreneurship, innovation, intercultural understanding and social impact to help promote Egyptian social and economic development. Unsurprisingly, when the revolution began on January 25th, many people asked if the program would be canceled. Our response was an unequivocal, “No way!” After all, what sign could be clearer evidence that our instincts were right? Young Egyptians were literally screaming for economic opportunity and a chance to create their own futures. The time for LearnServe Egypt was NOW.
LearnServe Egypt Program Director Laura Sicola in the Huffington Post, 9/7/2011