EAP 42: Chandell Stone – Destined to Teach and Make Global Impact
On this episode of the Early Accountability Podcast, our guest is Chandell Stone, founder of Destination Teach. During grad school, Chandell became aware of a school in rural Kenya that was in need of a little TLC. She and a friend came up with the idea to send a group of myelinated volunteers who would pay their own way to serve the school and spend some time getting to know the culture and people of Kenya. Destination Teach has since become an organization and has continued to send approximately 100 participants per year to Kenya and Morocco, and they will initiate a trip to Haiti this year. Chandell and the trip participants have found this trip to be mutually beneficial, as the participants are able to visit the homeland of their ancestors and native Africans are able to get to know the African-American culture a bit better. In the future, Chandell hopes to create some university partnerships and a gap year program for boys, as well as continue to work of sustainable development in Kenya through scholarships, projects such as libraries, and training for the teachers at the schools they serve.
Topics Covered in this Episode:
- Being the solution to a problem in the world
- How volunteering can open your eyes to another culture
- The ripple effect of service
Chandell Stone is a Bronx born graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, and Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is an educator, avid international traveler, and social entrepreneur. She taught high school in Harlem, was a school leader in the Bronx, and in 2014, she founded a social benefit corporation, Destination Teach, that sends melanated travelers to developing countries for adventure-travel and service. Just recently, she quit her job to pursue Destination Teach full-time, and all the programs that it supports such as Destination Teach Library, and the Progressive Teaching Scholarship Program for Kenyan teachers. Chandell hopes to continue to create global opportunities for educational equity, and inspire other women of color to pursue their passions as well.
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