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Hundreds of people applied to join Intel for Change, but only ten were selected based on their passion and inspiring stories conveyed in their videos. Watch their videos and vote for your favorite now.

Three will be selected and travel to either Ecuador, India, or Kenya, where they’ll spend 10 days learning about the local culture and barriers to girls' education in that community. Upon return, teams will be tasked with delivering crucial information about education and serve as a source of inspiration for their communities.

Our three Intel for Change winners will be announced on May 21. Come back and learn more about their passion for the issue and how they want to make a difference for girls around the world.

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  • Chrissybil Boulin
  • Aileen Jiang
  • Indira Rozyyeva
  • Erin Dugan
  • Blair Walker
  • Rebecca Sai
  • Kaylee Yang
  • Rebecca Silverman
  • Agatha Bacelar
  • Pooja Raghani

Our three Intel for Change winners — as well as the winners of the Ultrabook sweepstakes — will be announced on May 21. You can vote for your favorite videos (and enter the sweepstakes) once per day. Learn More.

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The Countries and Programs

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Bordered by Colombia on the north, Peru on the east and south and by the Pacific Ocean to the west, Ecuador’s rich culture is traditionally of Spanish heritage but also greatly influenced by Amerindian traditions. While primary education is free in Ecuador, additional fees and transportation costs often make access to education prohibitive, particularly for girls. In fact, the average years of formal schooling for all adults in Ecuador is 6.4, compared to 12 in the United States.

You and your teammates will travel to Ecuador to immerse yourselves in the culture, make local connections in the towns and villages you visit, and learn more about the barriers to girls’ education in these communities and others across the country.

Your learning journey will begin in the capital city of old Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will learn more about the culture and history of Ecuador. From there you will travel to Chimborazo province, arriving at the Free The Children projects in Alausí, where you will spend the majority of your time and effort.

You and your teammates will learn about Free The Children’s Adopt a Village model, which relies on five key pillars to break the cycle of poverty, achieve long-term community development, and progress opportunities for girls:

  1. Quality primary education
  2. Health care services
  3. Alternative income projects
  4. Safe/clean drinking water and sanitation systems
  5. Agriculture and food security

Through meetings with our guides, development experts, and local students and community groups, as well as hands-on projects and activities — you will develop a deeper understanding of the complex set of issues that present real barriers to a girl wanting an education - as well as possible paths to help to start to address these concerns.

You will have the opportunity for personal and group reflection on your experience before, during, and after your journey, as well as the opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas with friends, family members, and fellow students back home who you will inspire, and who will support you during your Year in Action.

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As the second-most populous country in the world with over 1.2 billion people, India presents a fascinating view into how a rapidly growing economy increases both the opportunities and tradeoffs that all citizens must address. The gap between the rich and poor, and urban and rural communities has many implications, and can especially impact girls and women and their ability to receive an education.

You and your teammates will travel to India and immerse yourselves in the vibrant and diverse culture, establish connections with local residents, and start to gain an understanding about the range of challenges girls face as they try and go to school.

Your learning journey will begin in Delhi, and then move on to Kumbhalgarh, near Udaipur, which will serve as the focal point for your time in India.

Here you and your teammates will learn about Free The Children’s Adopt a Village model, which relies on five key pillars to break the cycle of poverty, achieve long-term community development and progress opportunities for girls:

  1. Quality primary education
  2. Health care services
  3. Alternative income projects
  4. Safe/clean drinking water and sanitation systems
  5. Agriculture and food security

Through conversations with local leaders, tours of local schools, and hands-on project work with members of the community, you will gain a deeper appreciation of the complex issues that create barriers for girls to pursue an education – as well as the solutions that can be implemented to ensure that girls and their families have their basic needs met so attending school can become a reality.

An important part of your learning journey will include appreciating cultural norms and customs by participating in activities such as morning yoga, Hindi lessons, traditional music and dance, and “jhapki” – the Hindi for “siesta” – to avoid the hottest part of the day.

You will have the opportunity for personal and group reflection on your experience before, during, and after your journey to help shape your understanding of and personal connection to these issues. Armed with increased knowledge and experience, you will become a more powerful agent for change during your Year in Action back on campus and in your community, as well as a source of inspiration for your fellow students, friends, family and community.

Kenya Image

Lying on the Indian Ocean, and bordered by Tanzania, South Sudan, Uganda, Somalia and Ethiopia, Kenya has the largest economy in East and Central Africa. Despite that, the average Kenyan family brings in less than $1 a day, making it a challenge for them to send their children to school. In addition, a lack of teachers and infrastructure in many communities means access to schooling can be difficult.

You and your teammates will travel to Kenya and immerse yourself in its cultural diversity, meet a wide spectrum of local people, and begin to appreciate the challenges many girls face in their effort to get an education.

Your learning journey will begin in Nairobi, and then move on to Bogani, in the heart of the Maasai Mara, where you will spend the majority of your time in Kenya. Here you and your teammates will learn about Free The Children’s Adopt a Village model, which relies on five key pillars to break the cycle of poverty, achieve long-term community development, and progress opportunities for girls:

  1. Quality primary education
  2. Health care services
  3. Alternative income projects
  4. Safe/clean drinking water and sanitation systems
  5. Agriculture and food security

To provide you with an experiential learning opportunity to understand each of these pillars and the local environment, you will visit schools and clinics, meet tribe elders, leaders, and students, as well as participate in activities that will help you build your appreciation of the unique way of life, customs, and concerns in rural Kenya.

You will have the opportunity for personal and team reflection time to gain a deeper sense of the challenges, as well as to think through ways that you would like to help make the possibility of an education a reality for all. By sharing your perspectives and passion for change before, during and after your journey, you will be able to bring your experience to life and start to prepare for your Year in Action, as well as inspire people around you to be a positive force of change in the world.

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