Volunteering

  • The greatest piece of advice that I’ve ever been given that relates to learning about myself and making a palpable difference in the world was basically to “go to hell.” I was told to go to the meanest, most godforsaken place I could think of where the people suffer from the torments of poverty and...

  • Through my eyes luxury was defined as expensive cars, five star restaurants, and high class living. But through theirs it was clean running water, a safe home, and enough food for the day. When I first saw this community, I was shocked, I had no idea people could really live like this. Worn...

  • "Anything will help. God bless you." "Mother of 4." "Homeless. In Need."      Everyday as I drive to school I pass signs resembling these. I sit nervously tapping my foot on the gas pedal trying to avoid eye contact as I wait for the light to turn green. Guilt. Discomfort. These are words that I...

  • I looked at the Styrofoam plate that held the cheesy lasagna and closed my eyes trying to convince myself to take a bite. Oh yeah. I forgot to mention; it was covered in bugs, not pepper. I recently traveled to La Montana, Costa Rica with my two sisters, Kristen and Kellie. That is where this...

  • I wake up in a wooden hotel, the musty smell of morning fills the air. I get out of bed, hearing the creaking of the wooden floors beneath my feet. The entire hotel must have heard this through the thin floors and walls that could barely conceal a whisper. Tiptoeing quietly, I look outside my...

  • Gone was the sea breeze and moist air of our salty South Carolina coast. Here in Kanab, Utah our lips cracked like the sand tresses of the red canyons we gazed upon. This place made us dig deep into our souls and deep into our boots for that piece of us that remembered what it was to be feral. It...

  • Imagine your ideal vacation. Where are you -- On a beach, a jungle, or by the pool in five star hotel. What are you doing – sunbathing, burying your feet in the sand, or getting ready to go for a dip? Whatever it is, my –- now ideal—vacation was nothing like that. Being part of a nonprofit...

  • For my spring break of my senior year, I applied to go on a mission trip to Haiti. To my delight I was accepted to go, and the day we were set to go arrived quickly. The first day was water truck day, which is when we filled up a truck with water and delivered it to the poorest city in Haiti, City...

  • Traveling is always an exciting experience, especially when it’s somewhere foreign. Just recently, I spent 10 days exploring and volunteering in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands in South America. Not only was this trip unique because of its location, but it was a school service trip, without my...

  • Not even three days into the service trip in Rabat, Morocco, and already I  heard something that seems to reflect the culture and resonates with me very deeply. “Service like this is what feeds the soul and harbors love.” I am a strong believer in spreading the love and having a positive outlook on...

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