ICLP participants log more than 210 hours of community service in the fall

Participants in the Fall 2012 International Cultural Leadership Project (ICLP) spent more than 210 hours doing community service activities with organizations throughout the Triangle.

The ICLP kicked off the semester with Activate Raleigh, a community service event that included about 1,300 volunteers throughout the Triangle. The city-wide event was a commemoration of the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“Activate Raleigh is an effort to give back to the community in remembrance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in a way to have our community come together and show we care,” Lacie Lindstaedt of Downtown Raleigh told NC State’s Technician.

10 members of the GTI’s ICLP worked with volunteers from the local Whole Foods on a service project at the Raleigh City Farm downtown. Volunteers watered plants, trimmed basil, and spread mulch and compost to help fertilize the gardens. Several of the volunteers received basil plants as a thank you for helping out.

“I had a lot of fun because I also got to know new people and could socialize with Americans as well as other international students,” said SKEMA student Anja Gunz, who’s originally from Austria. “We had a lot of fun and I really enjoyed doing something for the community, especially on this day.”

ICLP participants also helped the Raleigh City Parks & Recreation Department clean up Pullen Park, volunteers with the Food Bank, provided “A Brush with Kindness” with Habitat for Humanity, and played baseball with the kids from the Miracle League of the Triangle.

“We also focus a lot on community service in the ICLP because that’s in our DNA here at NC State,” said Ilin Misaras, the GTI program coordinator for the program. “That is something we want to convey to our international students.”

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