The name “Summer of Jeff” shamefully comes from Seinfeld and the Summer of George.
Anyway, this upcoming summer could be called the “Summer of Jeff”. There are so many blessings. I am so excited! Here is a summary of my plans:
– May 16 –
Exams end. My Junior year of college is over…
– May 20-27 –
I will be traveling to Panama for a week with Calvin College’s chapter of Global Business Brigades. Our group will be spending a week in rural Panama doing microfinance consulting with an indigenous community native to Panama called the Emberra. This will be my second visit to this community in Panama. I look forward to reestablishing relationships and starting new relationships.
– May 29 –
I start my internship at Partners Worldwide. I will be volunteering at Partners Worldwide at their Grand Rapids office every Tuesday during the summer. The most exciting part of this experience is I will be able to sit in on their Global Team meetings every Tuesday morning! I am excited to be able to learn more about what Partners Worldwide does on a weekly basis, and help them fulfill their mission to reduce global poverty by encouraging and equipping entrepreneurs.
– May 30 –
I start my actual paying job for the summer at the Calvin College Seminars in Christian Scholarship office. I will be working in this office all summer assisting in any capacity necessary. I am very excited for this experience but especially for The Economics of Global Poverty seminar in mid July. This will bring a group of researchers and college professors who all study economics, poverty alleviation, and all within the context of Christianity. I can’t wait to hear and learn what these people are studying and researching.
– June 14-18 –
I will be taking a group of middle school guys to YoungLife camp. This is sure to be one of the best weeks of my summer. I get to hang out with middle schoolers all week and walk with them as they are introduced and taught about Jesus and the gospel.
– Augusts 9 –
I will be leaving for a semester in Ghana through a Calvin College off campus program. I have been given the opportunity to spend the fall semester of my senior year of college studying in Ghana. With a group of 17 other students, I will be studying at the University of Ghana. This will truly be a life-changing experience.