Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2011
Peace Corps Volunteer Spotlight: Leah and Tom Ferrebee
Country of Service: Philippines
Title: Children, Youth and Family Community Services Volunteer (Leah) and English Language Volunteer (Tom)
Time in Country: 2009–present
Leah of Virginia Beach, Virginia., works with the Rehoboth Children's Home teaching Filipino youth sustainable farming techniques through the establishment of an eco farm that provides the community with nutritious, organic vegetables. Ferrebee is also working with youth on service–learning projects to improve waste management and plant trees. She holds a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Old Dominion University and a master's degree in horticulture from Virginia Tech.
Tom works as an English teacher at a local college and teaches education courses to future elementary and secondary school teachers. He holds a bachelor's degree in English from James Madison University and a master's degree in secondary education from the College of William & Mary.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival: Leah and Tom Ferrebee are accompanying youth from the Rehoboth Children's Home. They will perform tinikling, the national dance of the Philippines, and demonstrate traditional Filipino games, papermaking, and cooking. The tinikling dance involves long pieces of bamboo tapped rhythmically on the ground while dancers move between the moving pieces.
Last updated Nov 20 2013