In August 2015, Angelina took her first trip to the continent of Africa to visit Nairobi and Tanzania to deliver school supplies to and visit with colleagues at the Cheery Children Centre in Kibera, Kenya, which serves over 300 children ages 2 through 10. Class sizes at Cheery are as small as ten students and as large as seventy. Kibera is considered the largest slum on the African continent. After launching a month-long fundraising campaign to raise money for supplies, Academic Savvy was able to distribute 135 drawstring backpacks, math and reading manipulatives, and teacher supplies. The teachers and administrators are doing great work there, so much so that their class sizes are increasing exponentially as neighbors hear about their programs.
Angelina has also visited Brazil, Haiti, South Korea, and China as a participant-observer to network with colleagues, visit schools, and learn more about local traditions and how global solutions might help us address some of our challenges in our schools at home.