I don’t know where to begin other than I am sitting on my bed and in piles around me are the few familiar things that will accompany me on my latest adventure. It is strange to see how far and how many transitions I have made in the last couple of months, graduating from college in May, moving back home, and finally leaving everything behind once again. Voy a Guatemala!!!
I have always been confident that upon graduating college I would devote myself full time to a position of service and an opportunity of personal growth. Contrary to that belief I began interviewing for some of the WORST jobs ever, including a Dunder-Mifflin-esque company, and I definitely took one too many personality quizzes. Anyway, I was discussing my lack of heart for the job market with my mother when she notices a new message on the machine. Now here I am, 5 months later, about to leave for Guatemala, with the support of my family and the hope of leaving something meaningful behind. I couldn’t be more excited!
This opportunity uniquely combines my overwhelming desire to travel, passion for humanitarianism and formal education in business communication. I always seek to create personal connections to the people of the countries I visit. I believe if I accomplish that, it could be enough. My hope however is to develop a program that attracts local volunteers, people who can become constants in the lives of these children. I learned in Africa, that what is actually done in my presence is much less important than work that can be continued after I leave.
So here I go…I’ll keep you posted!
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” –Annie Dillard