Continuing our work in a time full of uncertainty.

With the current state of COVID-19, it is clear that the University made the correct choice by not having us travel to Cochabamba, Bolivia over Spring break this year. When the news first broke, we were all devastated because we had been working all semester for our clients, Amizade and CEOLI, and we were finally…

COVID Creates Challenges

No one could have guessed this is where we would be as a world. I remember reading about the first discovery of the coronavirus and never once thinking it could evolve into what we are experiencing today. This epidemic has affected my family in many ways. I live in Montgomery County which was one of…

The Impacts of COVID-19

Well that was certainly an interesting couple of weeks. After reading my last blog you learned all about the things that I hoped to gain and accomplish during our trip to Bolivia over spring break. Unfortunately, as you all know or expected, we were unable to travel to Bolivia due to the worldwide pandemic of…

Greetings from Zoom!

Just over three weeks ago, I thought I was going to spend my spring break in Bolivia. Today, I write to you from my house. No, not my place in Oakland; my childhood house. As I wrote to you in my previous blog, we were days away from departing for Bolivia. Actually, it was 4…

Uncertainty and Adaptability during COVID-19

Two weeks ago, the current state of our world was unimaginable to myself and my global service learning classmates. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our trip to Bolivia (and all other University sponsored study abroad programs) has been cancelled. The entire world is now facing extreme uncertainty and hardship in all areas of life. Countries…

Adjusting in a Volatile Time

This spring break, our global service-learning program’s travel aspect to Bolivia was cancelled as a result of the global pandemic of COVID-19. A couple days later, the University of Pittsburgh took to online classes. This unforeseen situation caused many ramifications for both my team and our clients in CEOLI. In face of this unforeseen event,…

COVID-19 and Next Steps

My last blog post was filled with excitement and eagerness for our trip to Cochabamba and outlined all the things I hoped to accomplish while in country. It is with a saddened heart I say our trip was cancelled due to fears of COVID-19, the widespread virus leaving unprecedented destruction in its wake. Just four…

So we’re still going to Bolivia, right?

It’s officially five days until our group leaves for Bolivia and I cannot believe the date has snuck up on us so soon. I think for so long our group assumed our trip would be canceled that it never fully sunk in that we would be traveling there for spring break. Last semester, Bolivia was…

Now Boarding: Cochabamba

After months of coursework, preparation, and uncertainty, the in-country experience is finally here! We leave for the in-country part of the project in Bolivia on Saturday, and I could not be more excited. Just a few months ago, we were not even sure that the trip would proceed because of political instability within Bolivia and…