Volunteer Spotlight Jourdan Laures

I heard about WiderNet on an online volunteer database, and as soon as a read about the project, I knew I wanted to be involved.  It's a great idea and I wanted to be a part of it.

My main focus right now is getting WiderNet more involved in the community and getting some fundraising efforts started.  My goal is to start a program where communities here in the US can easily fund-raise to sponsor a "sister library" in a developing area.

My major was Global Studies at UNC, and I focused on Global Health and the Environment.  Until now, most of my volunteering was in health sectors at UNC Hospitals and for the American Cancer Society.  However I realized I do not wish to become a health professional, and that is one reason why I ended up at WiderNet.

My future goals definitely include helping in the developing world.  Peace Corps is a strong option for my next couple years, so WiderNet is a good way for me to dip my toes in the water there.

Wow, I have learned so much here!  What has surprised me the most though is how little I actually knew about computers before I got here, and how much I have learned about how the eGranary works.  Figuring out that "Wi-Fi" does not mean "broadband Internet" threw me for a loop, and took some time to really understand.

Outside WiderNet, I enjoy baking, playing soccer, reading, and spending time with my friends and family.