A Look at How America Works
,I think it's not a point how old you are,
but how interested you are,"Amarilis
Melendez-Medina says about her
decision to take a year away from her native
Panama in midcareer. In medical practice
for 17 years, she is chief of ear, nose and
throat at Patronato Hospital and also in pri-
vate practice. She put her practice on hold
to come to Carolina for a year.
Dickson Antwi, a senior research officer
for the parliament of Ghana, has done the
same thing. Likewise, Maria Niculescu of
Romania, an adviser for the National Trade
Union Confederation. The three are
among 10 Humphrey Fellows participating
in a nondegree program of graduate
cour es, interning and working alongside
other professionals, from grassroots activists
to national statesmen.
Carolina is one of 15 U.S. campuses
where the prestigious Hubert H.
Humphrey Fellowship program brings
members of a rising generation of develop-
ing world leaders to see how America
works. The Humphrey year is renowned as
a life-changing springboard to national and
international service. Going home, in fact,
is called "re-entry."
national hearing-loss awareness campaigns.
Her path also led her to compete for a
Humphrey with thousands of accom-
plished professionals in developing nations.
Carolina's department of public policy last
year won the opporrunity to host fellows
in public policy.
For Carolina's fellows, the beauty of the
Humphrey program is its flexibility. While
other international programs are devoted
solely to scholarship or research, this one
Humphrey Fellows took time away
from their studies this fall to work
on a Habitat for Humanity house
in Orange County. At left, Dickson
Antwi of Ghana, Maria Niculescu
of Romania, Andrew Gonani of
Malawi and Hui Wang of China,
all of whom also are shown in
photos above, are pictured out-
side the house they helped build.
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