Living Alone Together: A New Virtual World

The last few weeks have been a constant period of rapid changes occuring in my world, and in the world around me. Just one month ago I was writing a blog post recounting my excitement and eagerness to head to Trinidad and work with our clients, the DORCAS Women’s group and Nature Seekers, but now…

Overcoming the COVID-19 Obstacle

It’s still upsetting knowing that we were unable to go to Trinidad but taking a look at the situation almost three weeks after the decision, the University made the right call by cancelling all Spring Break study abroad programs. At the time, there were a few confirmed cases in the United States but not nearly…

Adapting

Wow. What a whirlwind. I will never forget sitting in 2200 Sennott on March 3rd when the email went out announcing that all spring break travel was canceled. I was completely devastated for a plethora of reasons which I will dive into throughout this blog post. My global service-learning student team is amazing; we have…

The Game Changer: COVID-19

Due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus, our trip to Trinidad was cancelled by the University of Pittsburgh for our protection. While this was unexpected, since it was cancelled a mere four days before our departure, I am now able to clearly see that this was in fact the best decision. Seeing as…

Overcoming COVID-19’s Disruption

During the last few weeks, the United States as we know it has changed dramatically. As all of the world is very aware, the Coronavirus (COVID-19), originally transpiring from Wuhan, China, has spread to over 140 countries officially classifying the viral disease as a pandemic. Not only has this affected the health of many individuals,…

Returning Home (from Pittsburgh)

Well, these are certainly not the circumstances under which I expected to be writing my third blog post for this Global Service Learning program. Unlike Plus3, where we had four initial meetings and then jumped straight into the study abroad program, we had been prepping so extensively as a group over the last two months…

One Week Until Trini Time!

It’s crazy to think that we are now just a week away from leaving for Trinidad. It feels like just last week I had gotten accepted into the program and now here we are preparing our first reports for Nature Seekers and beginning to pack before we leave next weekend. Because we are getting so…

And The Journey Begins…

It seems as though the beginning of my group’s journey with this project started not that long ago, but in just a few days we will depart from Pittsburgh and travel to the Port of Spain with a set of deliverables and, even more importantly, a list of questions to be answered. While in the…

Challenges and Learning Experiences in Trinidad

In some of the first few days of class we took time to define what “service learning” really is. We discussed what it entails and how it affects us personally in regard to this class. Service learning is the combination of applying academics (what is learned in the classroom) to hands on experience (the personal…