Alaa Mahmoud

Egypt→Wildwood, New Jersey

Alaa with ExEgypt Sign_blog.jpeg
After taking part in the Summer Work Travel program, I was inspired to launch an organization concerned with environmental and public health issues.
— Alaa Mahmoud

Now a fourth year medical student, Alaa was inspired by a summer in the United States to launch a children's weeklong camp program focused on public health and the environment.

"Since I came back to Egypt, I started thinking with three of my colleagues about how to build something that would have a good impact and make a difference—not only in our community, but all over the world. Therefore, we figured out that society means everything. It's why we started, how we achieve, and whom we'd like to affect. Our practices are directed toward every human being in the society, starting with children and ending with adults. We aim to increase green areas, raise awareness of pollution and public health, and bring to life the idea of recycling and emphasize its significance. We presented the idea to our university administrators and they completely supported us, made some suggestions, and gave us the motivation to start working on that project inside the university and in our city.

ExEgypt activities include organizing educational camps for children to increase their knowledge of fundamental topics such as healthy lifestyle, first aid, and keeping the environment clean by planting and recycling. ExEgypt encourages college students to volunteer in community services, organize camps and events, and spread awareness on topics that have a global concern and must be given attention, such as gender equality and global warming. ExEgypt also focuses on conducting workshops by professional trainers on important skills—mainly leaderships skills and how to be change makers. We also organize seasonal schools in the winter and summer for international students, conducting a scientific medical program and a social program showing them around Egypt."

What he’s up to now:

Finishing his final year of medical school and gearing up for a second year of ExEgypt summer school.