Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby…and Other Realities

Camille Minns ’20, Namibia — With six weeks of living and working in Omaruru “under my belt”, I certainly see this place more different than I had when I first arrived. During the first few weeks, most of my energy was spent on trying to obtain a certain level of comfort in this unfamiliar space….

“Gettysburg Greater”

Emma Haskell, Gettysburg — Often, through no fault of their own, Gettysburg students are unknowingly trapped inside what has become known as the “Gettysburg Bubble.” Due to being such a close-knit community offering myriad opportunities and activities, why would anyone want to leave? However, this bubble has sheltered me from the greater community of the…

Kind Hearts

Tiffany Hill, Gettysburg — If nothing else the CPS Summer Fellowship shows me every day how there are still good people in this world who care and want to make a difference. Sometimes I feel we are so caught up in all the bad things that are going on and the things we wish we…

“Who Are You?”

Tori Nied, Gettysburg —- One question I was constantly asked throughout the past few weeks was: “Who are you?” This was especially true when it came to working with the first and second grade students in the Migrant Education Summer School program. It is incredible how much kids can remember if you promised them ice…

Call me Carla

Charlotte Moreno, Dominican Republic— In the morning, I wake up to the rooster crowing and the insects chirping. Phoebe makes breakfast while Mairead and I review the plan for the children’s camp we run in a small community located in the Dominican Republic. Camp starts at 9:00 and we are off on our bicycles by…

Gracias a los Haitianos

Mairead McCarthy, Dominican Republic —- Put your stuff in the trunk. B pulls over to the side of the road and unlocks the back, motioning for us to get out. We pile out on to the side of the road, with our backpacks and wallets and waters and cameras. She pops the back of the…

Student Teacher or Teaching Student?

Kayla Cooper ’19, Nepal — We’ve spent the last two weeks creating, tweaking and fine-tuning the workshops we are facilitating at the schools for the rest of our time in Kathmandu. My ideas altered over the first week, but now I feel like I have something I’m mostly confident about. The theme of my workshop…

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…