Adiós GSL Puerto Rico!

My global service-learning experience to declare the least has been nothing short of spontaneous, a truly whirlwind experience. Never would I ever have anticipated having completed our project with Caras in a remote location under complete lockdown amid a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. That said, my time in Global Service Learning left me with valuable key…

Transitioning GSL Puerto Rico to Zoom University amidst COVID-19

Oh my! It is incredible to think the rate at which the circumstances have drastically altered since my last blog post! The exact instance in which I recall that where I received the news that all the University of Pittsburgh canceled Spring 2020 study abroad, opportunities were eye-opening and shocking with a multitude of emotions…

T-5 Days Till Puerto Rico

         We are now in the home stretch until our departure to Puerto Rico. The time has flown by, and I can’t wait five more days till I can escape the thirty-degree winter weather of Pittsburgh. In exactly one week, our team will be assisting Caras con Causa to implement a marketing initiative for their…

A Wrap to Virtual Service Learning

Since my last post, our team has finished our deliverables, wrapped up our report, and gave our presentation, which leaves me with the last component of this course: writing this blog. My last blog post is when I had felt most of the struggles and confusion adapting to the sudden change of online classes, which…

Until Next Time

The semester is drawing to a close, and it will likely prove to be one of the most difficult times in modern history. For many, the first part of 2020 has been filled with uncertainty, frustration, and disappointment; as a Pitt student enrolled in the GSL Bolivia program, these are especially true. The uncertainty regarding…

Goodbye, GSL

My GSL experience taught me a lot about gratitude. Was I upset that our trip was canceled? Absolutely. Gratitude isn’t something that comes to you after one experience alone, but I think that GSL opened my eyes to see that the world is much bigger than the bit of it where I reside. I was…

Concluding an Online International Experience

As my sophomore year concludes, I reflect on the challenges we have faced on a worldwide scale but also how we continue to overcome these unprecedented situations. Although we were unable to physically complete the “global” in Global Service Learning, I can say with full confidence that our online adaptations fulfill the “service learning”. Over…

From the classroom. To the city. To my living room.

This semester has been a whirlwind with many ups and downs. It was filled with challenges that no one could predict and definitely did not go the way I expected it to. However, there were many opportunities to adjust and grow. While the global portion of global service learning never got off the ground (quite…

Final GSL Lessons and Thoughts

Overall, I would say my experience in Service-Learning Organizations, though not what I initially anticipated, was a positive one. What I foresaw to be my first taste of a study abroad experience, soon turned into a test of will, perseverance, and dedication. With the final presentation and report completed, I can begin to reflect on…