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Going the Extra 10,000 Miles

ETHOS combines study abroad and service learning into a life-changing adventure. In this three-part series, follow Ellen and Michael's experience in La Paz, Bolivia.

ETHOS Docu-Series

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Ellen and Michael

    If you have gifts and talents that can help others, why wouldn't you share them? Meet Ellen and Michael, engineering majors who are combining their technical skills with their desire to positively impact the lives of other people. And in the process, their own lives are changed, too.


    Through the ETHOS program, Ellen and Michael will travel to La Paz, Bolivia to work with Funprobo, an organization that makes low-cost prosthetics for amputees. When helping patients like Victor, Ellen and Michael learn this process is about more than providing a new leg. It's about providing hope.

    ETHOS Program

    Through ETHOS, students travel across the U.S. and around the globe to provide sustainable engineering solutions for problems faced by developing communities. There, they learn to deal with unforeseeable challenges. They enhance their skills and confidence. And they discover how their curiosity can fuel something greater than themselves.