Our lovely Education Chair tells us about her experience on this past hybrid Medical/Dental/Water brigade to Honduras and why she loves Global Brigades.
They accepted us volunteers as their own, opened their doors to us, and even gave us all types of fruit that they grew in their own backyards. You might be wondering what the big deal is, but for a lot of these people their fruit production is how they feed their families and keep a roof over their heads. For them to just offer their hard work up to us and insist on it (keep in mind there were 38 of us) was truly incredible and something to be admired.
PSUGB: What aspect of Global Brigades made you want to join?
KM: As a clueless freshman new to Global Brigades, I saw this organization as a way to travel abroad and to build my resume. Now, after two years of being a member and going on a brigade, neither of those things matter to me. I have remained a member because of my passion for Global Brigades and what we do as an organization. What I wish I saw in the beginning of my membership with GB was how life changing and rewarding being a member and working in these communities would be. Sadly, I think my outlook on the organization is how many people see Global Brigades when they first become a member (not to be ashamed of, I was that person too). With that, I can only hope that future members are able to experience what changed my initial outlook on the organization to a love for global health and sustainable development.
PSUGB: Why would you be willing to recommend GB to potential new members?
KM: I would recommend joining Global Brigades to new members because this organization has so much to offer. If you put in the effort, you will learn all about global health, the Holistic model, sustainable development, and so much more. If you fundraise, you will be able to experience volunteering in country with, in my opinion, some of the most genuine and welcoming people I have ever met. If you put yourself out there, you can make lifelong friendships with both members here and people in country. The ten days I traveled to Honduras were, to date, the best ten days of my life and I wouldn't trade my time there for anything (seriously- not exaggerating) and I would love for more people to experience that.
About the Author
My name is Alana Mazzei and I'm the Webmaster for the Campus Council Eboard! I am assisted by Joseph Clark who also is the Social/PR chairperson of Medical/Dental, and the GB photographer, Harvey Li. We would love to hear about your experiences with Global Brigades at Penn State!