Give Back to the World
Study Abroad Opened Vandal’s Eyes
It was an eye-opening U of I summer class trip to impoverished areas of Nicaragua that helped Eli understand that he wanted to give back to the world.
“It was a cultural shock,” said Eli. “It opened my eyes to just how so many of the little things that we have can make such a difference to these people, who literally had nothing.”
Eli came back from Nicaragua eager to begin contributing in the local community. He worked with Community Action Center in Pullman, assisting food bank garden manager Joe Astorino to write a handbook on building hydroponic systems to grow lettuce and other crops. Eli also helped educate local youth by planning materials for and teaching a culinary club for children.
“There is so much going on around the world, there’s so much for you to do,” he said. “You don’t have to travel across the world to help people when there are people in your own community who could use it.”
“We can make such a difference.”
- Eli Campbell