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Jeffery Koebel

Strategic Communication

Jeffery Koebel is volunteering for his tenth Buck-I-SERV trip this May, traveling to Cape Town, South Africa. Koebel is a fourth-year student majoring in strategic communication with a minor in women’s, gender and sexuality studies from Old Fort, Ohio. This will be Koebel’s third trip to Cape Town for a Buck-I-SERV trip and his second time as trip leader. He has attended trips all over the country including New York, Florida and Tennessee.

What was your first Buck-I-SERV? How many trips have you led?

For my first Buck-I-SERV trip, I went to New Jersey and worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Newark. I also led trips to Nashville, Tennessee, and Immokalee, Florida. This May will be my second time leading the Cape Town trip with the Sakhulwazi Women's Center.


What is your best memory from Buck-I-SERV?

There are so many! My favorite though was my second time in Cape Town. When we arrived at the site the people ran towards us and we were so excited that some of us even cried. It was exciting to see everyone again and it was reaffirming of the relationships that were built on my first trip there.

Why did you choose Ohio State?

I knew all along I wanted to come to Ohio State. It’s the only school I applied to. Originally I came in thinking I was going to major in veterinary medicine, but then I changed to strategic communication after my first Buck-I-SERV trip because I enjoy advocating for groups and working for social change.

Why do you make service a priority?

I came from a small town and there were not many service or outreach opportunities. There also wasn’t much diversity. Now, I value the opportunity to do service and be exposed to diversity through these various service opportunities.

Future plans?

I want to work for a non-profit hopefully doing public relations. 

This May, Jeffery Koebel is setting out for Cape Town, South Africa, on his 10th @BuckISERV trip #ASCDaily