ELLSWORTH — Two months volunteering in Cape Town wasn’t enough for Ellsworth native Cherry Gammelin. The 23-year-old, who now lives in Boston, would like to return to South Africa in September. She plans on continuing her work with the Shine Centre, a nonprofit literacy intervention program for children learning English as a second language.
Gammelin graduated from Boston University with a magazine journalism degree last year and had little luck finding a job in her field. While working in a Boston restaurant, she became increasingly interested in going to South Africa.She said her decision to volunteer post-graduation seems to be increasingly common for young people in this economy.While in South Africa, she will write a blog about the Shine Centre and newsletters for donors. Gammelin said she is not sure how her volunteer work will affect her long-term career plans. For now, it is a way for her to support a cause she is passionate about while using her personal skills.“This is an outlet for me to keep writing,” Gammelin said.
Anyone interested in donating to Gammelin’s work, may contact her at [email protected].