The Impact

Tori Nied ’19, Gettysburg – Before I first started the Heston Fellowship, I did not realize how many public service programs were available in the Gettysburg community. As the summer progressed, I discovered how much each of these programs actually benefit their participants. Here are two stories that I would like to share from this…

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Emma Haskell, Gettysburg — Whether you are a camp counselor, scooping ice cream, working in retail or behind a desk at a large corporation, summer jobs can vary widely. If you told me I was going to be working in a garden for a majority of my summer, I probably would have laughed in disbelief….

Final Chapter, Book 1

Julia Montoya ’20, Nicaragua – And just like that, seven weeks of my life have melted away in the Nicaraguan heat, and just one remains. When I look back on this experience, all of the memories blur into a montage of moments. As these weeks have wound down into days I find myself overcome with…

It’s Been a Long Time Coming

Camille Minns ’20, Namibia – It’s true. We become a sum of all the places and people that we interact with. If we’re lucky and we open ourselves up just enough, we can take in all the lessons being offered from the experiences and stories that surround us. This is how I feel about my…

Confianza

Marina Fleites ’19, Nicaragua – It’s hard to believe this is our last blog post, because that means we have to leave soon. Over the last week Julia and I have taken turns every day looking over at each other in disbelief to say we can’t believe its almost over. We’re cherishing our last fresh…

The Different Ways of Parting

Olivia Jarrell ’19, Namibia – I feel as though this final blog post is the equivalent to the inevitable “how was your trip” question that will be asked upon my arrival home: fascinating, frustrating, empowering, challenging… do you have an hour, maybe a few? Describing the past eight weeks in Omaruru is like the domino…

Am I Coming in Clear?

Kayla Cooper ’19, Nepal – During the last two weeks I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting about my place and simply pondering why I’m here; my purpose during this fellowship experience. In my last blog, I struggled a little with the idea that I’m here to teach something to people very different than me,…

Lexus Davis ’20, Gettysburg — After 9/11, I remember a lot of the news talking about women who are veiled and men who are angry and killing for their god. The bank my mom-mom went to was near a neighborhood that was across from a mosque and the people were predominantly middle eastern or black…

Safe Spaces

Gisselle Flores ’20, Gettysburg — Opening ourselves up and letting others see some of our biggest mistakes, regrets, and secrets is an understandably difficult task to do. To reveal everything about ourselves is to leave ourselves vulnerable and exposed to possible judgement and criticism. After working on multiple sites in Gettysburg these past few weeks,…

Not Everyone Loves the USA

Marina Fleites, Nicaragua — This was my first time celebrating the Fourth of July outside of the United States. It was a strange feeling, and we spent it with Denise, the Peace Corps volunteer who trained us, Dolly, a recently retired expat that just moved to Leon, and the PGL director and his wife, who…

What it Really Means to be American

Julia Montoya, Nicaragua — When someone asks you where you’re from what do you say? Do you say Planet Earth? Probably not because it’s most likely that the person you’re speaking to is also from Planet Earth. (And if they’re not then that is very interesting and I would love to meet said person.) So…

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Olivia Jarrell ’19, Namibia — I keep track of the days in the journal I write in each night. Most days were slow in their own way; the space of time between the ringlets of sunrise in the mornings and the apricot glow of a setting sun seemed to contain a week’s worth of hours…