Chris Sievers had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that carried him halfway around the world this summer to do an internship at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
He was one of only nine Iowa youth selected to be part of the prestigious Borlaug-Ruan International Internship. Six other youth from the nation also took part in the opportunity though he was the only one from the group to serve in Ethiopia. he son of Todd and Laura Sievers, Albert City, Chris is a May graduate of Sioux Central High School and heads off this week to begin his college education. He aspires to be a veterinarian. The students selected to take part in the internships received an all-expense-paid, eight-week hands-on experience that provides them the opportunity to work with world renowned scientists and policy makers at leading research centers in Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan and Turkey.
The opportunity gives these exceptional students a firsthand view of pressing food security and nutritional problems in poverty-stricken areas and allows them to take part in groundbreaking field and laboratory-based research.
Ethiopia was Chris’ first choice in where he wanted to serve mainly because it is the only site that works with cattle. A farm boy, Chris has grown up helping care for the livestock and received many awards through the years at the Buena Vista County Fair where he showed cattle. Seeing the different way of farm life was quite interesting.