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…

2,352 Miles to Go!

In about one week, our team will be traveling to Trinidad and if I am being completely honest it does not seem real. In the four days before our departure, I will be taking four midterm examinations as well as completing our best practices report in conjunction with my peers. Under my usual behavior, all…

Ready to Seek Nature

We have reached the final countdown. Our trip to Trinidad is right around the corner. Our group is currently hard at work on our best practices report and presentation which we will bring with us to our clients, and we have investigated about a dozen ecotourism organizations in the Caribbean and other parts of the…

(Soon to be) Living the Trini Life

In almost one week I’ll be flying to the Caribbean and living the Trini life, although this spring break trip is all about business. I will be a part of a student consulting team at the University of Pittsburgh, working for our client Nature Seekers and DORCAS Women’s Group, two organizations that are located in…