Even now, months later, I often find myself wondering when I will find myself in “The Eternal City” once again.
I spent 6 months in Trujillo, Peru working at Nisolo, a company with the mission to provide long-term, sustainable, and better-paying jobs to local shoemakers.
I would estimate that I unpacked my suitcase in 17 different Spanish cities, and many of the places we visited run together in my memories.
By traveling to South Africa, it was possible to work with diverse people and wildlife in an environment that I could only dream of America.
This plaque listed the church’s sons and daughters who had perished fighting for a united Ireland. However, what to me stood out most was a single name: my own.
Social work is not made up of quick fixes; it is successful through small, impacting changes that lead to significant long- term fixes.
Working at the clinic has made me realize how much we take things for granted and how much I especially have taken things for granted in my life.
The community’s hard work, warmth and spontaneity inspired in me freedom and peace, and I found how true human connections lie at the core of helping.
I reflect on this trip every day of my life. I learned, I taught, I got, and I gave. I could not have asked for anything else.
I was overwhelmed by the beauty of this country, the friendliness of these people, and the uniqueness of this cultural identity, a true amalgamation of so many European and Arabic influences.