"One more time ... We love LIME 💚!"

Author: Katim Woldemariam

Stavros Kariofillis


Hey everyone!  My name is Stavros and I am from Easton, Pennsylvania, not very far from Lafayette’s campus at all.  I am pursuing a major in Biochemistry, and on campus I serve as a Resident Advisor, tour guide, and a Teaching Assistant for General Biology.  I also do research on an organometallic catalysis project in the chemistry department, in addition to being involved with some music ensembles.  LIME was an absolutely incredible experience, and I feel that the students at the Lycée Andohalo gave me much more than I could have ever given them.  The determination and joy that I witnessed every day while in Madagascar was unbelievable.  Madagascar is a stunningly beautiful country, but it is the passion that the students had that really will remain with me for the rest of my life.  I am happy to answer any questions or simply talk about the LIME program, and I can be contacted at kariofis@lafayette.edu.

Prisca Ratsimbazafy


Hello everyone! My name is Prisca . I am from Madagascar and a member of Lafayette class of 2017 thanks to LIME! My major is Environmental Science.

This year, I had the chance to go back to my high school and spent wonderful times working with the LIME students. It was so mesmerizing to see how the students’ English knowledge have evolved since I left. The students are working really hard on their English to be able to fulfill their dream of studying in US colleges.

On campus, I am a peer advisor for the International Student Association, an Eco-Rep and LEAP member.

Feel free contact me at ratsimbp@lafayette.edu

Aubrey Jones


Hi! I’m Aubrey Jones. I’m in the class of 2016. I’m from New Port Richey, FL and I came up north to study Africana Studies and Biology. I plan on attending medical school and specializing in infectious disease after graduating from Lafayette. Here on campus I’m the president and captain of our women’s rugby team, a team leader for multiple trips through Alternative School Break, and an employee for Lafayette’s catering department. Over the past couple years I have traveled to many places, and I have found that it’s tough to compare Madagascar’s beauty! The cities we traveled to and the students we worked with were all so amazing. I feel very privileged to have worked with such a dedicated, intelligent group of students who I can now call my friends. Feel free to contact me any time at jonesaa@lafayette.edu !

Dan Dymecki


Hi!  My name is Dan Dymecki and I am a member of the class of 2016.  I am from Wellesley, Massachusetts, which happens to be the halfway point for the Boston Marathon.  I am an Anthropology and Sociology major currently pursuing an Economics minor.  I am an executive member of the club Colleges Against Cancer, which hosts the Relay for Life every spring at Lafayette College.  I am also employed through the Recreation Services Department as a supervisor to entry- level employees.   None of these experiences have quite been like my experience of traveling to Madagascar however.  The memories I share with my fellow mentors and mentees are irreplaceable.  Working with the students from Lycee Andohalo surpassed all of my expectations and these students continue to impress me through their work, drive and compassion.  Please help us continue to strengthen and grow this program through support and donations!

Steven Shaw


Hey Everyone. My name is Shaw and I am Lafayette College’s Class of 2016. Currently, I am studying towards my mechanical engineering degree. If you cannot find me in Acopian, I am either sleeping or eating. I am involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities on campus; New Member Educator of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, Vice President of Engineers Without Borders, a Senior Interviewer at Lafayette’s Admissions Office and a Student Orientation Leader. This past interim (winter break) I was lucky enough to travel to Madagascar to mentor the most amazing students of Lycee Andohalo high school. There I was mentoring the students on tips and tricks about the math portion of the SAT. It was a pleasure getting to know all the students during my time there in the beautiful country they call home. I have never seen a group of students who value education as much as they do so please help us expand the program and donate!

Yanel Garcia


My name is Yanel Garcia, and I am Lafayette College’s Class of 2016. I currently study Mathematics-Economics with a minor in Financial Policy and Analysis, and my greatest passions are entrepreneurship, economic empowerment, and education. My hometown is Chicago, IL, so being at the other side of the world, it was a tremendous opportunity for me to travel to Madagascar during the LIME 5 Team’s winter break. Of course, the program is much more than simply being tourists; it was enriching to create an impact in the country’s capital, Antananarivo, by being tutors and mentors at Lycée Andohalo, but what is more encouraging is that the relationships with students didn’t stop there. LIME 5 and other generations are still heavily committed to communicating with the students virtually, whether it is feedback on assignments, insights into college life, or casual, intimate conversations to get to know each other. Being the first in my family to go to college, I can understand how daunting the college application process is but later learned to turn a disadvantage into strengths.


After the trip, I felt accomplished to guide Malagasy students with a similar background to mine. Nonetheless, it is my life-long goal to harbor this invaluable experience and contribute to the program both effectively and completely. I am thrilled to meet incoming students of the program in the near future and also the students who decide to study in the United States!


Please feel free to email me at Garciay@lafayette.edu.

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