Matthew Van Dyck




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My name is Matthew Van Dyck and I live on San Juan Island, part of an archipelago located in the far corner of the United States.  Our town is accessible only by boat or plane.  I am 15 years old and live on the Salish Sea with my parents, little sister, and Labrador, Lucy.  I attend Friday Harbor High School and run for the track team. I also play on my school’s soccer team, which won the state championship last fall. This summer, I will be traveling to Siedlce, Poland to work with Ukrainian refugees. 


Last summer, I served families in a small village called Ipalamwa in rural Tanzania, building chicken coops with Global Volunteers. Prior to moving to the San Juan Islands, I volunteered for three years with Teen Feed in Seattle, a program that has served thousands of meals to homeless youth in Seattle. 


In Poland, I will be serving in various capacities, working primarily with children from Ukraine and Poland and teaching conversational English. The purpose of this program is to give some relief to the Ukrainian kids from the war at home and any trauma that they may have experienced - through meals, music, games, and maybe even soccer. 

To learn more about my project, please go to my website:


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