The International Outreach program strives to empower women and teach the fundamentals of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) around the globe while allowing its members to develop leadership skills and gain cultural awareness.
What is International Outreach?
The International Outreach program organizes a yearly trip abroad to volunteer, promote women’s empowerment, and teach STEM. Founded in summer 2018, SWE members recently traveled to Jodhpur, India, and is in the process of organizing its January 2020 trip to Uganda!
International Outreach gives its members opportunities to…
- Build teamwork and leadership skills
- Meet new people and make friends
- Develop a global perspective and learn about new cultures
- Have fun!
Email Katherine Budde at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
Meet the 2021 International Outreach Chair!
Hey everybody! My name is Katie Budde and I am a Junior double majoring in Computer Science and Global Health and from Albany, MN. When I am not busy with school and SWE I love to explore new places around Madison, cook/bake fun foods, take care of my house plants, and paint! I have been involved in SWE since my freshman year and am super excited to serve as the SWEIO officer this semester:)
A Look Back at 2021 SWE International Outreach: Pandemic Edition
Although SWEIO was unable to travel this past year due to the global pandemic, our SWE chapter has been keeping in close contact with both organizations we have traveled to in the past! Currently, we are maintaining a pen pal relationship with 10 of the girls at the Sambhali Trust in India. It has been wonderful to get to know these girls and learn about their culture – this experience will make it so much more meaningful when we are finally able to visit the Sambhali Trust again in the future. SWEIO has also been helping raise money and set up fundraisers for both the Sambhali Trust and Mutima Outreach (Uganda) so we can continue having a positive impact on these from across the planet!
Looking forward, we have elected not to travel again this 2021-2022 school year because the pandemic still seems to be having huge effects across the globe. Because of this, we will continue raising money and corresponding with our pen pals virtually! Hopefully, we will be able to travel once again in the 2022-2023 school year, but we are still thrilled to be able to make an international impact virtually throughout the pandemic!
In addition to their volunteer work, SWE members also had the opportunity to explore the city of Jodhpur and learn about Indian culture. They tried new foods, bartered in the local market, and visited many of the city’s historical sights. They also spent a weekend in the Thar Desert, a prime place for riding camels or enjoying the sunset with a cup of chai.
All in all, SWE International Outreach is happy to say that its first-ever trip—including the volunteering, learning, and all the long layovers—was a huge success.