07.11.13 / Category: Impact - School Build Projects

Meet a few more Trek Participants!

Not-all-those-who-wanderEarlier this week, we introduced you to the  first of our group of women about to embark on an experience that will surely change them and the lives they touch while traveling.

The group participating in The Trek is 15 women strong. They’ll travel to Senegal next week, live with host families and break ground on a school that will educate and empower the children in that village. Here are some more introductions: 

Ginny CarrollGinny Carroll

Western Kentucky University

Alpha Xi Delta

As the Founder of the Circle of Sisterhood, I felt a responsibility to be part of the first Trek we make to break ground on a school funded by us. It will be indescribable to see our vision become reality in this way.I believe I’ll be traveling with women who represent the best of what sorority is, we’ll meet the people of the village we are supporting and stand beside them as we break ground on their new school. I have been to England, Curaçao, Mexico and Aruba.

Megan O’Brien


University of Delaware

Delta Gamma

I wanted to go on the Trek because I feel it would be an amazing opportunity to travel across the world and truly learn about its culture and community, all while supporting Circle of Sisterhood’s mission. As a Human Services major and a 2014 Teach for America Corps Members, I am passionate about the movement for educational equity and because Circle of Sisterhood is our Panhellenic Philanthropy, I am very excited to get more involved in the movement while representing UD’s Panhellenic community. I have been to Canada twice and to Mexico once but never outside North America.

Katie Andrews


University of Alabama

Alpha Delta Pi


I have always had a passion for service. Even as a child, I would dream of traveling the world and making a difference somehow. When it was mentioned that Alabama was in the drawing for a chance to go, our Panhellenic Advisor asked me if I would like to go if we were selected. I, of course, eagerly said yes. She then proceeded to tell me about Half the Sky and now my passion for helping these women has grown tremendously through reading the stories of these women. I am most excited about the voice this experience will give me. It’s one thing to read about other people’s trips but now I can come back to Alabama and share with my experience to help fuel others’ passion.Last summer, I traveled to San Ignacio, Belize to raise HIV/AIDS awareness. Belize has the highest concentration of HIV/AIDS in Central America and most is due to ignorance.

Mary Kate Slone


University of Kentucky

Kappa Kappa Gamma

I wanted to be a part of the Trek because ever since I learned about Circle of Sisterhood two years ago at SEPC I knew I wanted to help out. When I heard about the Trek I knew this was a way I could help out women less fortunate than us. Being a part of UK’s Panhellenic community has brought me so many wonderful opportunities and I feel that this is my chance to give back.I am most excited about spending the week in a completely different culture and learning about what life is like for the women we are helping. I have been to Mexico, some Caribbean islands and the Dominican Republic.

Paola Rivera


University of Missouri

Kappa Kappa Gamma


Over the last semester, Mizzou Panhellenic Association has been truly inspired by the book Half the Sky. The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation has touched our hearts as a group and specifically, for me, instilled a passion to educate those around me about the oppression of women worldwide. The Trek will allow me to gain more insights to the lives these women live, while also giving me the opportunity of a lifetime. I am excited to experience this with with a group of women that is just as passionate about changing the lives of others as I am. I hope to return home with a sense of humility through appreciating the experience to the fullest and a sense of hope in surrounding myself with these Panhellenic women that are willing and able to change the world around them.I was born in Guatemala, so I have visited family there and have also traveled to the Dominican Republic on a volunteer trip.