Peters grad to help this summer in Costa Rica

Published Jan 28, 2013 at 1:40 pm (Updated Jan 28, 2013 at 1:40 pm)

Carley Adams, a sophomore at Washington & Jefferson College, has never traveled outside the United States.

But, for the recipient of a scholarship from the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership, that is about to change.

A graduate of Peters Township High School, Adams is leaving in May for Cartago, Costa Rica, to work in clinics, helping to treat and educate people with HIV and AIDS. Adams is a studio art and communication arts double major active in theater.

“I am not exactly sure what I want to do after college, but I know it has to involve working with people,” said Adams. “I want to help people, educate people, and help them get over the stigma associated with AIDS and HIV.”

While in Costa Rica, Adams will work with Cross-Cultural Solutions, a nonprofit organization working to address critical global issues by providing volunteer service to communities abroad.

“I just know I want to do what I can to help,” Adams added.

In high school, Adams discovered her passion for the theater. She said the most rewarding aspect is the cast camaraderie that comes along with it.

“Each member of the cast is unique in some way, and when the combined talents of every man and woman result in something beautiful, there are few places in the world I would rather be,” Adams said.

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