Reflecting on his time in South Africa and Namibia, Richard remarks that his experiences left him changed in numerous ways. He says, “The people I interacted with were totally different from myself. They were very committed to social change, development, and injustice. I was educated about a lot of different things.” He also mentions that Namibia’s severe drought has made him more conscious about his own water usage.
When asked about the value of study abroad, Richard answers, “I think its great to step outside of your comfort zone and have new experiences and meet new people. You gain a lot of different tools and skills that you can translate back to life in America.”
Indeed, Richard has translated certain aspects of his experience back to life in the states. For one thing, it's inspired a deeper interest in philanthropy, and he plans to involve himself in philanthropic organizations now that he's graduated and living in Winnetka, Illinois.
“I went to Africa for a great experience,” says Wehman, “but left it with a great deal of knowledge.”