The Little Things
While it may seem intimidating at
first, making the leap to volunteering in another country is
something that everyone should experience. I know what it's like to
live in a comfortable little bubble, hiding behind all of the
eccentricities of middle-class American life. I grew up in a small
town in Ohio, and haven't seen much else outside of that town.
However, upon entering college, I began a desperate search for new
sights and experiences.
Since coming to Nicaragua, I've talked
to mothers in La Chureca, helped teach English in Farito, and played
soccer with kids in Salero. I've seen kids dance their hearts out on
the dirt floors of their homes. What we're told is the face of
poverty actually has a smile on it. These people truly enjoy the
little things in life, and make the best out of less pleasing
situations. They have inspired me so much, and I truly appreciate
being able to meet them.
Whether it's volunteering with Manna Project
or not, find what is calling you and go after it. Stop hiding
behind all of the comforts of home, and explore the world.
Volunteering abroad has been one of the most rewarding experience I
have had, and I am glad that I did it. The types of people I have met
and the experiences I have had are just not something that I would
have been able to take part in if I hadn't ventured outside of my
Bowling Green State University
Manna Project Intern '12