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The guiDE program provides DukeEngage alumni a pathway to continue their commitment to service and civic engagement by providing leadership, mentorship and service opportunities that support wider DukeEngage efforts on campus and beyond.

Seated female student outside of a Togolese home


DukeEngage Partner Organization: Ahed-Togo

Intended Majors: Biology and Global Health

Contact Trudy:

Trudy Zou is a junior from Nashville, TN. She applied to DukeEngage Togo 2018 as a chance to work in areas of health and education, as well as practice her French. While there, she did research on how to improve the health insurance system of a local clinic and target community needs, and created an annual check up event to create more involvement in the clinic’s resources that attracted more than 70 villagers. She also taught computer and English classes to kids of all ages. Since returning to Duke, she has increased interest in Global Health and providing educational resources to children, especially girls. She is involved in FEMMES tutoring, duke club swim, SPLASH swim lessons, and BME/molecular biology research. She is currently planning on majoring in Biology and Global Health, and using her skills in the future to target health inequity.

Trudy’s Six Word Story describing her experience:

“When it rains, we all stop.”’

“Free mosquito nets – for garden plants?”

Resource Guide

Following her summer working with Ahed-Togo, Trudy developed the following list of resources for students who are interested in a similar program.

“Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala–How Africa can keep rising” – “A TED talk about the changing images of African in the world, from ‘Wise Africa’ to the ‘Lost Continent’, and the impacts of its changing image on its future.”

“What Has Rural Africa Taught The Developed World? by Logan McKee TEDxRexburg” – “A good video to realize there are differences between urban Togo and where you will be staying in the program, rural villages in the North. Also gives insights in the attitudes towards children.”

French in Durham
Net Impact Club
The Palace International restaurant in Durham