Hello again! I'm so glad to be returning to this blog and I am excited to update you on the newest adventures that this little lamb is about to embark upon. Yesterday, I received- in the form of an email that looked like a rejection letter- word that I have been accepted as an Augustinian Volunteer for the year long program in Chulucanas, Peru. Although my interests are constantly changing and I am always uncertain of what I really want to do with my life, the only thing that has remained (since my sophomore year of high school) is the desire to do a year of service. This desire stems from a spring break service trip to Honduras that my parents and I went on with the youth group at our church. While in Honduras, I was introduced to Yvonne, a woman who was giving up a year of her life to support this program. Immediately afterwards, I knew that that was something that I wanted. As I grew older, more interested (and skilled) in the Spanish language, and more enthralled with promoting social justice for all- I knew that this childhood dream was not going to disappear as other my former dreams like becoming and astronaut had.
Fortunately, Stonehill has dedicated a lot of time and resources into helping students discover post-grad service initiatives and they have even hired a woman, Kris Silva, to aid students in their search and application to the right program. After much research and help from Kris, I discovered the Augustinian Volunteers and knew that it was the right program for me. Hopefully, through this blog I will be able to share a bit of this experience with all of you. My time in Peru will not begin until January, but I promise to update you a bit before I leave on preparations and on any adventures that I seek prior to my leaving. Thank you for your support and prayers!
PS: Here are some pictures of me in Canto Grande, Peru last week. I traveled there with other people from Stonehill on an alternative spring break trip.