In this blog, I explore where student leaders go wrong when they do community service abroad. I share ways to be more mindful while abroad and thoughts as to how we fill the gaps we create when we are serving communities in developing countries.
Many students learn about calling out their peers when they are in disagreement, but what about people who you do not view as peers? Here I speak of my experiences calling out my host family, host family’s friend’s, and Uber drivers. It is also important to note that context is extremely important to consider depending on who you are interacting with and what country you are in. I think calling people into conversation and taking accountability for one’s own fault’s will allow us as human beings to be better.
All of the tennis courts were occupied and wouldn’t be available until 10 am. Wow! Are we going to spend another 30 minutes just to return to our hostel?
After we left the batey, I felt very grateful just to have a birth certificate. I felt very grateful to have an identity and to be a citizen of the United States.