Shannon Augustine

"You must be the change you want to see in the world" - Mahatma Ghandi

Shannon Jean Augustine graduated from Christopher Newport University in May of 2010 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Leadership Studies. During her time at CNU, she was lucky enough to create, lead, organize and be a part of many organizations that allowed her to fulfill her passion for community service. Through multiple trips abroad, she has been able to lead groups in building homes in Jamaica, take food and medical treatments to those living in the slums of South Africa, and volunteer with disabled children and young adults in one of Mother Theresa’s orphanages in Chennai, India. She was a founding member of the Community Service Initiative at CNU, which creates community service opportunities for students to take part within the Newport News area. She was able to help facilitate, as well as volunteer, for many events alongside organizations such as Special Olympics, Adopt-a-Spot, and PORT Homeless shelter.

After graduating, she began the long process of applying to the Peace Corps. During that time, she worked with an ASO (Aids Service Organization) working predominantly with the case managers in the Charlottesville, Virginia area as well as working part-time as a nanny for four very active children.

On June 1st, 2011 she arrived in Ecuador to begin her 27 months of service as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She was placed in the Youth and Families program with an emphasis on working with special needs children and youth. After three months of training in the Quito area, she moved to a small town of about 1,000 people in Tisaleo, Tungurahua. After getting off to a slow start, due to the fact that she had very little Spanish speaking experience prior, she is now working with Fundacion Manos Unidos (United Hands Foundation) both in Tisaleo and Patate, another small town about 2 hours from where she lives. In Patate, she works with 10 to 20 young children ages 2-9 years with language development and training. In Tisaleo, she works with about 25 kids ages 7-22 years on a miriad of different activities and projects. Some of the projects include gardening, making compost piles, making recycled paper, music lessons, and exercise classes. As of late, however, she has been working with some of the older youth in gearing up for the Special Olympic Games. They practice soccer, running, relays, shot-put, and cycling, and she is officially the coach for Rythmic Gymnastics.