Annie Wright students connect with members of their local and global communities, making profound impacts. Through these connections they explore their interests, discover their passions, and learn leadership skills that translate into a lifetime of positive action.
Earlier this year, for example, Class of '23 student Taya Kunz connected with Class of '93 alumna Dr. Alissa (Diehl) Camden in Nicaragua and assisted her in providing medical and dental treatment to those in need. Taya shared the following, recently published in Strength Magazine.
“Last February during mid-winter break, I had the opportunity to go on a mission to Sán Ramon, Nicaragua, to help provide medical and dental care to those in need. Corner of Love, the organization I went with, leads teams from all over the world to help with healthcare, education and clean water projects in Nicaragua. They serve in more than seventy remote villages near Matagalpa, where many drink contaminated water and lack basic needs such as medical and dental care, clothing and shoes. The group of 25 I travelled with came mostly from the Maple Valley/Puget Sound area. There were nurses, one doctor, one dentist, a minister, students like myself, and volunteers just wanting to contribute their time in any capacity.
During my week in Nicaragua, we spent two days working at Corner of Love’s permanent clinic in Sán Ramon, and another two traveling to remote northern villages. I had the chance to be a scribe for an Annie Wright alumna of ’93, Alissa (Diehl) Camden, who currently works as an ER physician in eastern Washington. We saw patients that were beyond first aid care. Many had parasites, urinary tract infections and chronic pain. As a group, we saw roughly 100 patients a day, with Alissa and me seeing about 20-30.
The experience there was truly unforgettable, it really showed how lucky we are. I will never forget that feeling when I was leaving, how much of an impact we made on some people's lives. Although this was my first time going, I am changed in how I will see the world forever.”
Learn more about opportunities and community-building values in Annie Wright Schools' holistic International Baccalaureate curriculum or read the latest issue of Strength magazine.