Moving to a foreign country can be difficult. Going with the hopes of making a difference is an even more daunting task.
Caleb Barr, a graduate of Sunnyside High School, is taking on the job of hopefully bridging the gap between Israeli and Arab neighborhoods in Haifa, Israel for the next year.
For the past two years he has been attending the University of Washington, where he is studying linguistics. He has chosen to study Hebrew and Arabic because he wants to become fluent in them. "I think a lot of job opportunities will open up in the future that will utilize those skills," Barr said.
Recently, Barr was accepted to participate in the Open Apartments Project, a highly competed for position.
The Open Apartments Project is a joint project between the University of Haifa, the Municipality of Haifa, Welfare Department of Haifa and many other community centers in the area.
This fall is the first time students studying in the Department of Overseas Studies will be included in the Open Apartments Project.
Barr will be required to work eight hours a week in a variety of community activities. He will have the opportunity to tutor children in English and math, visit disconnected families, implement social activities at a day program for the elderly or teach local residents computer skills.
Barr will be living in an apartment in the community with fellow Israeli students.
When Barr completes his degree he may pursue a career in government.
A car wash will be held this Saturday, June 24, in the Daily Sun News parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The money raised will help pay for Barr's travel expenses.