Can the untranslatable become understandable?

Mary Margaret Blum ’18, Nepal — In the process of packing for Nepal, I made a trip to my local Barnes and Noble in search of a book that would give me some insight into life there (here). My B&N is a two-story building that takes up half a block; so it’s big, making me…

“Bite the bullet, curse the wind, move on…”

Camille Minns, Namibia — It was a Monday and the first day of another week was finally over. Our final stop for the day was at the Omaruru Primary School, where we sat in on the last hour of a ‘Window of Hope’ session. When it was over and we had to walk home, we…

Halftime

Olivia Jarrell, Namibia — We are four weeks in and have four weeks to go: the halftime, the intermission, the Wednesday of our time here in Namibia. When I write back to my friends and family at home, I often don’t know where to start. Days are filled with workshops, thoughts, conversations, and so many…

Disadventura

This Sunday started like any other day I’ve spent in Nicaragua thus far. I woke up to the sound of roosters cock-a-doodle-dooing at 6 am, took a nice cold shower, and wolfed down gallo pinto and eggs before meeting the crew at the PGL office. Today was the former PGL director, Carlos’, last day in…

Classroom Distractions

Marina d. Fleites, Nicaragua —  We’ve now been in the classrooms for more than a week, and getting accustomed to a Nicaraguan school was definitely an adjustment. All architecture here is very open to allow for airflow in the heat, and that extends to the schools. The pabellón where my classes are has open windows…

A Smile is Universal

Gisselle Flores ’20, Gettysburg — Growing up, translating for my parents and helping them navigate the English language was something I became quickly accustomed to. On the occasion that I did not know how to translate certain words or phrases from Spanish to English, I would feel flustered and frustrated not knowing how to help…

Dollar Power

Kayla Cooper, ’18, Nepal — After a little over a week in Kathmandu, one of the things that continues to surprise me is how low the cost of living is. I’m constantly surprised by how cheap it is for me to have a nice lunch as well as the extremely low price of a taxi…

Hot, Hardworking & Humbling

Tiffany Hill ’19, Gettysburg — This whole experience thus far has been so eye-opening and heartwarming I can’t begin to explain. My first week working with the community as a Gettysburg fellow this summer can be summed up in three words. Hot, hardworking and humbling—let me explain how. During the first few days of Orientation…

The Tower of Babylon

Lexus Davis ’20, Gettysburg — I sat in a restaurant with my friends. We spoke of different places we wanted to go and one place that was commonly brought up was Leon Nicaragua. Suddenly there was light tap on my shoulder. Looking behind me, I was greeted with three faces. Like dried grapes in the…

A Step In Their Shoes

Emma Haskell ’19, Gettysburg — As people shuffled slowly but surely to find their seats anxiously waiting for class to begin, I attempted to greet my new students with a humbling confidence to shield my inner nerves. The more students that wandered in only augmented my stress as I waited to begin my first lesson….

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Life Outside of the College

Tori Nied ’19, Gettysburg — Gettysburg, Pennsylvania has been a home to me during the Fall and Spring semesters of school. For the past two years, it was a place where I would stress over exams, hang out with friends, eat a lot of food, and everything else that came along with the college experience….

The Dots Are Connecting

Camille Minns (Namibia) —- Twelve days. That’s how long it’s been since we touched down in Windhoek, and it’s been 10 days since we took the 2-hour drive north from there to where we now reside in a much smaller town called Omaruru. Ten days. That’s all it’s been. I swear I’ve experienced such a…