The Beginning of the End

As the semester is coming to an end I am still in disbelief at how fast everything went by. I am so grateful for the opportunity PittBusiness has given me. Over the semester and during my time in Bolivia there have been several key lessons that I have experienced. For starters, I have learned the…

Bolivia Closing Thoughts, and Lasting Impressions

Post-Departure Experience As our service learning class comes to a conclusion, there are many different takeaways from all aspects of the experience including: the pre-departure, in-country experience, and post-departure. All of these aspects contributed to the key lessons, and skills and knowledge gained.  In addition, the post-departure reflection allows our group to evaluate our pre-departure…

Bringing It All Together

“Blessed are those who flexible.” – Ms. Roussel, my religion teacher joking about the Beatitudes *not physically flexible Key Lesson: Pivot As annoyed as I am about how much this class overuses this word, I’ve come to understand and appreciate its meaning. Pivot, also known as flexibility and adaptability, is important in all situations. It’s…

Half of my Heart is in Bolivia

Wow, I cannot believe this entire journey is coming to a close. This experience has been in the making since October of last year, and soon it will become a memory of the past. It is already hard to believe I’m half way through college, and I never imagined being able to go on such…

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…

Surpassing Expectations

The International Service Learning Bolivia Project has been a life changing experience that I will remember forever. I have changed into a better person by acquiring many transferable skills and further developing many qualities I already possessed. Additionally, this project has inspired me to pursue a new career path. There are many key lessons that…

Looking inwards at this past semester

To say that this course had an impact on me would be just barely scratching the surface. I applied for Service Learning Organizations with expectations that not only have been met have been surpassed. I thought that by participating in such a curriculum, I would simply be learning how to get better at conducting business…

The End of One Amazing Journey

Participating in the Service Learning Bolivia program during my spring semester this year has been one of the richest and most fulfilling experiences I have had the pleasure of participating in during my collegiate experience thus far. The in-class discussions have been engaging and informative and nothing can compare to the life changing experience my…

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…