Some Final Thoughts on my Matelot Experience

As we finish putting the final touches on our presentation, it is hard to believe that my journey through the global servicing learning course is coming to an end in just two short weeks. Anticipation to go to Matelot quickly turned into excitement to now reflecting and appreciating the experiences I was given throughout this…

A Tribute to Trinidad: Final Thoughts

Participating in a semester long global service-learning project has undoubtedly taught me an abundance of key lessons. Despite the project only lasting around fifteen weeks, I am confident that I will carry the lessons that I have learned with me into my future academic pursuits and career. After having the opportunity to reflect on the…

Reflecting on Trinidad

We have been back from Trinidad for a few weeks now and looking back on the experience I feel that I have learned and grown from both the preparation for the trip and the in-country experience. A few key lessons I have learned throughout this course would be that communication is extremely important especially in…

After Trinidad

I remember sitting in my CPLE class last semester, hearing about the Trinidad trip. The main thing that was going through my head at the time was that travelling abroad for only $1,000 would be a steal. Why would I not take the opportunity to go somewhere warm over spring break and forget about all…

A Final Reflection on Paradise

It amazes me that I am sitting here typing my last blog for this class. Global service learning in Trinidad has been one of the coolest and greatest experiences of my life, and I am so excited for future groups to participate in an adventure as awesome as this. After being home for nearly a…

A Brief Look at the Importance of Global Cultural Competency

I just want to first start off this reflection by saying that Trinidad truly was amazing. This personal and authentic experience of a vastly different culture is something I know I’ll never forget. I met an abundance of great people, tried so many new foods, and laughed more than I ever have all throughout it….

A Life Changing Experience

A noticeable cultural difference between the United States and Trinidad was the pace of the day. Trinis have a slow and laid back approach to their daily lives while in American culture, it is common to have a pace that is more catered to a schedule. It was difficult for the group to adjust to…

No One Left Behind: My Time in Matelot

As I sat in the Piarco Airport in the Port of Spain late Friday night, all I could think about was going home to shower and sleep. Over twenty-four house later as I sit in my apartment reminiscing on the experience I just received one-line sticks in my mind “No one left behind.” This is…

A week of liming… and building local capacity

  It’s hard to put into words just how amazing the past week in Trinidad was. Before we left, I had no idea what to expect. The experience I had was above and beyond my wildest dreams. When we began traveling together, our group of 8 were classmates. Now, traveling back, we are friends. Building…