My name is Dylan Eiger and I am a sophomore at Duke University. I’m originally from a town called North Wales, Pennsylvania which is about 40 minutes outside Philadelphia. I am majoring in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry. In addition, I am a double minor in Biology and Global Health. At Duke, I’m actively involved with polymer chemistry research in the Craig Lab, I love to volunteer and play soccer, and I give campus tours on the side too!
I am participating in an independent DukeEngage project and this summer, I will be heading to Manila, Philippines for two months from May 24th to July 20th. While there, I will serve the Tuloy Foundation which is an organization devoted to keeping children off of the street and reintegrating them back into society. While I am there, I will help hold focus group discussions with alumni of the Tuloy Foundation and ask them how life is after graduating. We hope to discover the major problems that these men and women are experiencing in society and modify the foundation’s curriculum to prepare the current students to successfully combat these problems in the future. Once this project is complete, I will tutor the students and teach basketball for two hours each day.
This trip will be a great experience not only because I get to serve a phenomenal organization, but I will also have the opportunity to, for the first time, meet the other half of my family. My mother moved to the United States from the Philippines in her early 20’s and I have never met any of my cousins, uncles, etc. I am very excited to learn more about myself and my background while also helping to shape the future leaders of the Philippines.
I will be blogging all throughout my trip so please feel free to read and comment on my posts and follow my adventures!