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Un Perú Fuerte

August 10, 2017

Global Service Scholar: Valerie Nguyen Country: Peru When I came to Peru, I searched for examples of resilience – and I found this and so much more in the month that I have spent here. I found children and adults who chose to rise above and beyond expectations despite their […]

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Choose Happiness, Choose Your Own Adventure

August 10, 2017

Global Service Scholar: Kimberly Haagenson Country: Peru Before departing for Peru, I spent several weeks fighting an anxiety that threatened to ruin my overall experience. I had a long list of fears as I found myself preparing to travel to an unexplored country, with unfamiliar people, eating unusual food and […]

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Day in and day out at the women’s prison

July 26, 2017

Global Service Scholar: Karla Sanchez Country: Peru A typical day as an intern at the Yanamilla Prison in Ayacucho, Peru consists of waking up around 6 or 7 a.m. to get ready, and then proceeding to eat breakfast around 7:30 or 7:40 a.m. Once done with breakfast, I leave the […]

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Caring for elephants in Mae Rim, Thailand

July 25, 2017

Global Service Scholar: Irene Sin Country: Thailand Tata eating From Monday through Friday, I live at the Maetaman Elephant Camp in Mae Rim, Thailand. A typical day starts at 5:30 a.m. for me. However, on Mondays, we do not arrive at the elephant camp until around 11 a.m. When we […]

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Mai Pen Rai (No Worries)

July 24, 2017

Global Service Scholar: Alexina Pilo Country: Thailand Over the last three weeks, I have become accustomed to living my daily life on Thai time.  The concept of Thai time is one that at first was frustrating and very hard for me to embrace. In Thailand, there is a different set […]

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Peruvian Living

July 24, 2017

Global Service Scholar: Veronica Zamora Country: Peru I start my day at 7 a.m., I get ready and have breakfast at 7:30 with my new favorite nine people. We are all placed at different sites, so we all head out at different times to start our services. Alexis and I […]

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My trip of personal growth

July 21, 2017

Global Service Scholar: Joey Lattarulo Country: Thailand A day in my life here has changed quite a bit in the last week. Throughout my first two weeks, I would awake every morning to my medical intern roommate getting ready to head to the hospital. I’d then proceed upstairs to fix […]

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Daily Life in Chiang Mai

July 21, 2017

Global Service Scholar: Asal Yunusova Country: Thailand I am currently volunteering at the children’s home project. We have the mornings to ourselves, so on a typical day I wake up to cook breakfast or go out to eat at a nearby café. I currently live in the new volunteer house, […]

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A Day in the Life of a Saltpond Obroni…

July 20, 2017

Global Service Scholar: Iman Hanif Country: Ghana I have been in Ghana for 3 weeks now, and I love it. I live in Saltpond, a small town about two hours west of the capital city, Accra, with the Yawson family. We live in a complex with multiple single rooms outside […]

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Crossing the Borders of my Comfort Zone

July 20, 2017

Global Service Scholar: Kimberly Haagenson Country: Peru I embarked on this journey with a number of preconceived ideas about everything from international travel to personal introspection. Over the course of this trip, many of these notions have been challenged and put to the test of lived experience. One of my […]

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Imagination vs. Reality

July 18, 2017

Global Service Scholar: Matthew Lightner Country: Thailand What always surprises me about traveling to a new country is how far removed the reality of the new place is from the pictures I have seen and from my imagination. I imagined Chiang Mai, Thailand to be a sort of mountainous, outdoorsy […]

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When in Peru, working at “La Cuna”…

July 18, 2017

Global Service Scholar: Allison Anaya Country: Peru I don’t consider myself a person with strong preconceptions. It seems to me that with every word a person says, their personality is revealed like a layers of petals, and I enjoy being surprised by what I learn. Before arriving at the prison in Peru […]

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