Tuesday, August 4, 2015

At any given moment you have the power to say, "this is not how the story will end."

      "People who really want to make a difference in the world usually do it, in on way or another. And I've noticed something about people who make a difference in the world: They hold the unshakable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters."- Katie Davis

       For the last 3 months I've had the opportunity to volunteer with HELP International and live on the beautiful island of Fiji with 18 other volunteers. My experience was nothing short of life changing. Here is a video showing all of the projects/partnerships we worked with and the changes that were made in Fiji and in each one of us. 

      May 5th, 2015: "And in the end all I know is that I was unbelievably happy here, but it wasn't the beaches, the palm trees or the 80 degree weather. It was the people and the kindness that I saw everyday. It was hugging 48 nine year olds every other morning. It was painting murals on a cement wall. It was teaching 30 administrators every week techniques to promote creativity in their classrooms. It was lesson planning, lack of sleep, and never really knowing if you were going to teach at St. Joseph's that day. It was living with 18 people and sleeping on the floor. It was eating ants because you were too lazy to move them out of your bowl. It was running out of water and having to use a flash flight to go to the bathroom. It was unclogging the toilet with a stick and having the greatest team ever! But most of all it was the joy that came from helping someone who could never return the favor. Vinaka Fiji it's been a pleasure."