Abraham is California-born but Utah-raised in a small family with Korean Heritage. He loves rock climbing and generally anything outdoors. He finds that nature has a therapeutic value and can really calm the mind and heart. The reason why he's with HELP International is because of people. Abe believes that being able to give back and make someone's life just a little bit better is the reason why we are here. He graduated from BYU in December of 2015 in Public Health. He was a volunteer on our Winter Fiji team, and is excited to be going to Nepal this winter!
Tabitha is a graduate of the International Affairs program at East Tennessee State University. Since her graduation in 2015, she has been leading volunteer trips around the globe with the World Race. During her time at home you can usually find her in a coffee shop. And depending on the day, she might be making your coffee, or just sitting in the cafe painting. Her life goals include: writing a book, being best friends with Tom Hiddleston, delivering a speech to the UN General Assembly, and hiking Machu Picchu.
Wyatt is from small-town Hurricane, Utah. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelors degree in Psychology. He loves to play and watch basketball, solo hike in the mountains, watch documentaries, cook food as well as going out to eat with friends, and going to the movies! Wyatt has a great passion for people and their stories and loves building connections with people of different cultures across the globe. He has visited 12 countries throughout the world and is ready to mark a few more off this summer. He volunteered with HELP International in Greece last summer during the ongoing refugee crisis and loved being able to support, befriend, and advocate for refugees. He is excited to live in Nepal this summer and to develop a deep love and respect for the Nepali people!
Rachel graduated from BYU with a degree in Education and is currently working on her Graduate degree at the University of Utah for a masters in Social Work and an emphasis in Global Social Work. She has traveled all over the world participating in humanitarian work (most recently to Tanzania, Africa) and is excited to make Nepal the 14th country she has lived in! She is passionate about social justice but also loves the great outdoors and finds it therapeutic. (One of the hazards of growing up in Portland!) Rachel enjoys rock climbing, camping, hiking, baking and trying anything new! Her goals in life are: visit every continent, climb a mountain (Mt. Everest, anyone?), learn the cello, give a TED Talk and hold a baby panda. She can't wait to meet the volunteers and experience the mystical country of Nepal together!
Katelyn Ray, also known as K-Ray, graduated from BYU in 2015 with a bachelors degree in Social Work. She is a two-time HELP alumni working in Uganda and Nepal as a volunteer. Recently she worked in Serres, Greece at a refugee camp organizing a warehouse, teaching English, dance, and piano lessons and advocating for the camp residents. One of her greatest passions is to fight for those who are victims of sexual assault and violence as well as fighting for the rights of refugees. During her spare time she can be found going to the movies, cuddling babies, surfing the California waves, jamming with friends and traveling.
Natalie jumped in to help with the refugee crisis in 2015 when she became an intern with the International Rescue Committee in Seattle. After getting involved with the resettlement and youth education programs in the Seattle area, she volunteered with HELP International's summer Greece program. She is excited to return and to continue to fight for and support refugees! Natalie is from Washington state and studied Public Health.
Yasmine recently graduated from the University of Kentucky with her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. She also studied Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures with a focus in the Middle East. She is passionate about serving others in many aspects. Yasmine has been on service trips to Jinotega, Nicaragua and Accra, Ghana, both working with Global Youth Empowerment. She was a site leader on a trip to the Dominican Republic where she worked with community partners on educational projects. Yasmine enjoys embarking on new adventures and meeting new people. She loves a good cup of coffee, smiling, traveling, and the company of her family and friends!
Adrian is a senior at Brigham Young University studying Public Health and International Development. Recently, he has co-facilitated events for Students for International Development and worked to build a student-led publication on social issues with the Ballard Center for Economic Self Reliance. He has also worked with a start-up bringing low-cost neonatal ventilators to Uganda, led youth humanitarian trips to Tonga and was a Country Coordinator for HELP International in Fiji last summer. He served an LDS mission in Brazil from 2012 to 2014. Adrian loves climbing, cross-country skiing, being outside, and people.
Jeff Watts is so excited to be a part of Help International this summer as a Country Coordinator! Jeff heard of Thailand for the first time as he was chosen to work there as a volunteer for the LDS church in 2012 for two years. There he grew to love the Thai people, their wonderful culture, and the excellent food! He returned to Thailand for an internship with the Thai government in 2015, during this time he was able to work closely with Thai natives and increase his understanding of their cultures, customs, and language. These interactions further gave him a desire to return and serve them even more. He is thrilled to be able to go back a third time to help communities in the northern region. Jeff is a recent graduate from Brigham Young University in Idaho. He received his degrees in Political Science and Asian Languages. In his leisure time he likes hiking, cooking, reading, learning languages, and traveling. He can't wait to meet and show the volunteers the beautiful people and culture of Thailand.
Bethany is a student at Brigham Young University pursuing a degree in business. She hopes to use this degree to help establish and develop socially innovative nonprofit organizations. Outside of her studies, Bethany enjoys hiking, golfing, making ceramics, and learning languages. She first visited Thailand on a humanitarian trip in 2011 and her love of the country and its people has only grown since. Bethany served as a missionary for the LDS church in Thailand, and returned again in 2015 to visit her Thai friends. She is excited to be a country coordinator with HELP International and share her love of Thailand and its people with the new volunteers.
Kylie is a graduate of Brigham Young University-Idaho, where she studied Exercise Physiology and Movement and Rehabilitation. After working at a hospital in a Physical Therapy Clinic for a year since graduation, she is ready to move her work to Fiji, where she can expand her vision and help others. Working with different cultures to end inequality in health and education is a passion to which she plans to dedicate her time, education, and heart. Kylie has a zest for life that comes alive with adventure! She loves nothing more than the magic that happens when she sees a person overcome hardship and feel safe, loved, happy and comfortable with who they are. She can't wait to work with all of the amazing volunteers in Fiji this summer! Kylie enjoys new things, adventure, people, her music, and exploring the mountains and lakes of her beautiful small hometown in the Pacific Northwest. The only thing she loves more is her family, who mean the world to her!
Ryan is an undergrad at BYU studying Economics. He grew up in Roseville, California where he learned to love nature, especially the ocean and the mountains. He learned Spanish when he lived in Guatemala from 2013-2015, and he loves cultures that are different from his own. He's a people-loving extrovert with a lot of energy. He is excited to live among the people of Fiji and work alongside them. In his free time he can be found snowboarding, mountain-biking, surfing, or spending time with friends and family. He loves going to bed knowing he did something worthwhile that day.
Braxton is originally from Detroit, Michigan, however he lived over half his life abroad in Japan, Mexico, China and Cambodia. He believes life is an adventure, and has been to almost 40 countries! Braxton is a Psychology major and International Development minor, interested in introducing psychological health practices to other countries, and doing leadership and management training. He has a passion for learning the histories of other countries, understanding foreign cultures, and helping individuals make the most out of their life. In his spare time he loves to read fantasy, talk about philosophy, play basketball and cook a good meal.
Born in a small town in Tennessee, Melody is a southern girl that moved to rainy Seattle and easily called it home. Cambodia really claimed her heart when she lived there for 18 months. As a Political Science and International Development student at BYU, her spark for travel and love for learning about and understanding people and cultures from all over the world has caught fire! She has a passion for education, her own and others, and for living up to her potential while helping others to do the same.She loves to experience new exciting places and old familiar ones by hiking, running, finding the best bookstores and vinyl shops, and swimming in every body of water. Most of all, she believes good food is what really matters. She is excited to call India home this summer!
David grew up in Riverside, CA and spent a lot of his time at the beach and Disneyland. His first time traveling abroad was throughout Europe when he served as a volunteer in orphanages and children's hospitals in Iași, Romania. David is currently a graduate student at the University of Utah pursuing an MPH/MHA. His dream job is to work for the United Nations developing mental health policies. In his free time, he enjoys skiing and the arts. He currently sings with Salt Lake Vocal Artists and has spent the past two summers singing and clogging as a Young Performing Missionary in Nauvoo, IL.
With a background in Social Work and International Studies, Becca has made empowering individuals and communities her life's ambition. Since volunteering as an English teacher in China her love for travel and humanitarian work has blossomed. She has led service trips to Mexico, returned to China to study Mandarin, and backpacked through South East Asia. She is so excited to be taking her first adventure in Africa and looks forward to starting graduate school upon her return home. You'll find her posing for every picture with peace signs (an unavoidable side effect of living in China), stopping to say hello to every child she comes across, and breaking into spontaneous dance.