Reminiscing on Paradise

After nearly a month since we returned from Trinidad, there has been plenty of time to soak in the unforgettable experiences and miss paradise. I already miss the fresh fruit, beautiful landscape, and my new family in the Matelot community. During my reflection on my time in Matelot, I have already noticed some of the…

Different, Yet Similar

After having some time to reflect on my experience in Matelot, I’ve been able to collect my thoughts of the trip and compare them with my expectations. While I thought that my previous international experience and research on Trinidad would prepare me enough to not be surprised by much, the opposite was true. I came…

A Truly Unforgettable Experience

Our trip to Matelot, Trinidad was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.  Throughout the week that we spent there, I learned many valuable lessons, gained countless invaluable experiences, and gained a new appreciation for the diversity in the world and the different cultures that people live in.  None of this would have…

Final Reflection on Matelot

Key Lessons Throughout my experience in Matelot, Trinidad, I have learned many key lessons. One key lesson which I can take for this trip to Matelot is the importance of adaptability. Throughout the trip, there were numerous meeting that either did not line up with the itinerary or had the format completely changed at the…

Final Reflection

My experience in Matelot is one that I will take with me throughout the rest of my life. Immersing myself in the culture and working on my service learning project gave me key lessons, knowledge and skills, and the ability to overcome challenges as well as expectations. Some of the key lessons I learned throughout…

Lessons from Paradise

  Throughout this experience, I encountered things I never expected to happen. However, by experiencing this program in this manner, I have learned many lessons and gained numerous insights. Below I hope to touch upon how this experience affected me. This experience has definitely challenged me in ways I have never been challenged before; as…

Memories from Matelot

Our trip to Trinidad last week was a life-changing and phenomenal experience for me.  We met so many amazing people and got to experience a beautiful island.  On the business side of the trip, we met with many different influential groups within the town of Matelot and gained a lot of valuable information for our…

My New Home: Paradise

I am excited yet sad to be back here at Pitt! As much as I enjoy the University it was tough parting ways with paradise in Matelot, Trinidad. The whole experience completely changed my perspective on international business and connectivity within a community. Also, I miss the weather already (sorry Pittsburgh). With a whole new…

Adapting, Learning, and Letting Go

After traveling to Matelot, I can confidently throw away most of the preconceived notions that I went in with; most of what we learned in class was very accurate, but I was surprised to see some of my own assumptions proven false. In class, we talked about the fact that Matelot is a small village…