Woulfe Shines On and Off the Tennis Court
Elise Woulfe posing with a child in Guatemala

March 4, 2013

By: Emily Hayden

The student-athlete experience at the University of Cincinnati is about more than just school and sports. Graduate student Elise Woulfe (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township), a member of the Cincinnati women’s tennis team spent a week of her winter break in Guatemala as part of the student organization Serve Beyond Cincinnati. Woulfe spent eight days in December visiting orphanages and helping build stoves for families in need.

“I was happy to have an entire week of immersion into the Spanish culture and language,” said Woulfe. “I feel that my greatest contribution was being able to facilitate conversations and help everyone communicate more effectively.”

Woulfe, who began learning the language when she was in the seventh grade, is now fluent in Spanish. One of her roles as part of the group was to help translate for the other students that were with her. She was the only one out of the twelve students that made the trip who was fluent in Spanish.

The group spent the trip building stoves out of cement blocks they made themselves. But the trip wasn’t all work and no play. The students traveled to Antigua, Guatemala and were given the opportunity to shop around.

“It was nice coming home, but I already want to go back,” Woulfe says. “It’s a lot warmer there!”

Woulfe was recently accepted into the MBA program and will pursue another year of Spanish before graduating in 2014.

She hopes to return to Guatemala in December of this year.