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…

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…

Reflecting on Matelot

Spending the past week in Trinidad has truly been an incredible experience. During the trip, our group was able to talk with numerous community groups and members, allowing us to gain a further insight into the dynamics of the community, and exactly how our team can potentially aid the Matelot community. Hopefully over the next…

T – 5 days: It’s Time for Trinidad!

“There is no education like adversity” – Benjamin Disraeli     With a new environment comes new challenges. In less than a week, we will be in a starkly different community without the comforts of our everyday lives, Matelot, Trinidad. (I am quite nervous). Up until this point, the largest step out of my comfort zone…

Conquering Cultural Competence

While Caribbean culture tends to be very laid-back and loosely scheduled, American business tends to be contrasting to those values. In our service learning project in Matelot, I anticipate this being a slight obstacle to overcome. Regardless, I am sure that the relationships being built will be very friendly, and we won’t have any trouble…

Anticipated Challenges and Growth in Trinidad

When traveling to any new location, there will always be differences in lifestyle and culture that are tough to overcome.  However, in my opinion, the most important thing that you can do when faced with a challenge is to remain calm and relaxed, and always be willing to work positively through whatever challenge you are…

Challenges & Opportunities for Growth in Trinidad

Brief Project Introduction Before I jump into the main aspects of this blog post, I just wanted to give some context about the project our team will be working on through our Global Service Learning class. The service project that my group has been tasked with is in conjunction with a local Pittsburgh organization, Amizade,…