Ahead of a home game, Sayidcali (#22) poses with teammates.

A Jam-Packed Year in Indiana

Getting involved in sports like soccer and track was an important way for Sayid to make friends since his school has more than 2,000 students—a serious departure from Abaarso School of Science and Technology back home (just over 200 students in grades 7 to 12).

Over the course of the program, his openness and warmth made him popular in his community—Coordinator and Regional Development Manager Rebekah Hubley notes that younger kids at church “flock to him like a magnet.” He has also done a considerable amount to teach those around him about both his culture—one that most know little about—and his famous and innovative school in Somaliland.

Looking back on the experience, he is extremely thankful to his host family. Their recent spring break trip to Florida with the extended family was a high point of an amazingly exciting year!

—Sayidcali (PAX Means Peace Scholar, Somaliland), hosted by the Jester family (IN)