Meet our Summer Intern: Rob Higham

Rob is joining the African Leadership team as a Summer Intern. Rob began volunteering with The Refugee Ministry in July, 2008, and continues to work with the after-school tutoring program for refugee youth. His favorite parts of working with these children are the lasting friendships he has formed and seeing their smiles. He enjoys witnessing the educational progress they have made and loves seeing their successes in the classroom. In December, 2008, Rob began a project called Youth Sports Connection that links local refugees with Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt Athletics. To date, they have relationships with the Men's and Women's Basketball teams and the Football team. He spent three weeks last summer working with youth in Kigali, Rwanda, and Nairobi, Kenya. His most memorable experiences from this trip came from his work with the youth at Kanombe Presbyterian Church in Kigali and with the street children at Centre Presbyterien d'Amour des Jeunes. Rob recently graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy, where he was a member of the Crew and Swim teams and the Vice President of the King Society for Service, and he will be attending Vanderbilt University in the Fall. He plans to double major in International Leadership and Development and Political Science.