Scholars Help the Homeless in Honor of MLK Day

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On January 19, 2016, SOME (So Others Might Eat) hosted Fulbright Visiting Scholars for a one day volunteer event in Washington, DC in honor of the great Martin Luther King Jr. The purpose of the event was to enlighten Scholars about America’s spirit of volunteerism, and to educate them on the problem of homelessness and poverty that looms over the city.

Despite the coldness in the air, it was a beautiful day. The event was attended by several Fulbright Visiting Scholars from 7 different countries, and some Fulbright Staff. It was moderately representative of what Martin Luther King Jr. expressed in his “I Have a Dream” speech; they were men and women of different ages and from different races.

After five minutes of what seemed similar to old friends playing catch up, the group was formally and graciously welcomed by Samantha Davis, an advocacy specialist at SOME. Samantha presented the group with a wide range of interesting, but saddening information. The group learned about the current status of homeless residents in DC, SOME’S general work, and programs within SOME that are actively advocating for homeless and low income residents in the Washington D.C area.

Thereafter, the group was divided into smaller groups and went to work. For four delightful hours, Fulbright Scholars and staff dedicated their time to serving hot meals, washing piles of dishes, and cleaning tables for homeless and low income people in DC. Everyone that entered the room left with a smile on their face.

In the end, the group left with a new sense of responsibility and commitment to eradicate the problem of homelessness and poverty one individual at a time.

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Fulbright Visiting Scholars from China, Indonesia, Albania, Malaysia, Uzbekistan, Australia, and Hong Kong volunteering at SOME

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Fall Fun with Fulbright and Family!

Boston Fulbright Scholars and their families enjoyed a beautiful Fall Foliage tour To Wachusett Meadow Audubon Sanctuary in Princeton, Massachusetts. Scholars enjoyed a short hike to a boulder that had been deposited by an ancient glacier and a tour by the caretaker for the Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Scholars and families exploring the Audubon Society Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary

The Fulbright party continued to Apple Fest. There were food and craft vendors, musical performances, and the Skyride ski lift to the observation tower at the top of the mountain. The foliage was at its peak with beautiful bright colors. Fall is a truly magnificent season to enjoy New England’s vibrant flora.

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The Skyride to the summit

Art and Apples with Fulbright Scholars from the Big Apple

Autumn in the USA is a time for many traditional harvest-related activities. Our New York City Fulbright Scholars and their families were able to participate in seasonal festivities through the Enrichment Program. On a beautiful fall morning, the group drove up to Storm King Art Center, a famous 500-acre outdoor sculpture park and museum that celebrates the harmonious yet dramatic interaction between sculpture and the surrounding landscape. They were guided through the museum to learn about the art, its engineering, local history, and to appreciate the beautiful fall foliage that surrounded them. Guides encouraged the visiting team to look at each work from a variety of angles and really consider the different emotions that they evoke. After a period of solo exploration, the group came together for an outdoor lunch at Storm King’s picnic grounds.

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The Fulbright group at Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY

The Fulbright group departed from Storm King and drove to Pennings Orchards. They picked apples, went on a wagon ride around the beautiful grounds, and enjoyed apple cider and donuts. Children were able to meet pygmy goats, and climb haystacks; while adults appreciated the marvelous landscape and the farmers market.

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Fulbright scholars on a tour at Storm King Art Center

“We had wanted to go upstate in the autumn and see the beautiful views of the trees and the hills in those colors! And it was a perfect mix of culture and nature for us, keeping it interesting both for the kids and for us. Very engaging!” -Agustina Del Campo from Argentina; Columbia University

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Fulbright scholars and their families enjoying a wagon ride at Pennings Orchards