Retrospective: 2004


Wesley Farrow, South Africa, 2004 I consider myself an extremely fortunate and blessed person. That being the case, one of the most fortuitous experiences of my life was my exposure to and participation in Students of the World. In 2004 I traveled to Southern Africa to document the impact of HIV/AIDS on youth. In 2005READ MORE


Retrospective: 2007

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Emma Alpert, Thailand, 2007 It’s been nearly six years since I was first introduced to SOW.  In the course of those years, SOW has come to play such an enormous role my life that, honestly, I can barely distinguish its specific influences. SOW was there through the most formative years of my transition into adulthoodREAD MORE


Retrospective: 2008

Haiti, 2011

Shay Spaniola, Michigan & Kenya, 2008 While boarding the plane in Nairobi after a month photographing the need for clean and safe drinking water, I knew I was going to spend the rest of my life using my camera to document positive change. I had found my passion. For the first time, I was introducedREAD MORE


Retrospective: 2009

Tanzania, 2009

Brian Ford, Michigan, 2009   When I joined SOW two summers ago I only caught a glimpse of their work and impact. This fall, SOW invited its alumni back to participate in its first ever summit. The success and magnitude of the summit speaks so, so highly to this organization’s abilities and the value ofREAD MORE


Retrospective: 2010

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Melissa Reese, UT & MPower Group, 2010 I first became involved with SOW in 2010, as part of the UT team that traveled to Kosovo to document the work of MPower Group, a company that develops accessible financial services for underbanked communities. In Kosovo, we were working with a branch of MPower that makes reloadableREAD MORE


Retrospective: 2011

Nablus, 2011

Kate Simpson, UT & TYO, 2011 Marhaban   مرحبا : it means welcome in Arabic. And this is the perfect word to describe my experience with Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO), the city of Nablus, and all of the West Bank. Before my trip began last summer, I tried to brace myself for a culture shock. IREAD MORE


Past, Present, and Future

Reading time at Kitezeh Children's Community in Russia. SOW's first project in 2000 incorporated on black & white film photography and journalism.

As 2011 comes to a close, our lives become filled with both plans for the future and reflection on the past. SOW has taken the first steps toward an amazing transition. In the coming year, we aim to broaden our reach across the country; bring in new members and reconnect with alumni; and most importantly,READ MORE


Moving Forward: Shining A Light on 2012

Screening of "Raising Islam" at the first, official SOW|Pro gathering

“The best way to predict the future is to help create it” (Alan Kay, 1971). The New Year is an event like no other—it’s a remarkable transition that allows us all to reflect on the past as we begin to move forward. Resolutions are made, goals are set and the future starts to feel a littleREAD MORE