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Friday, April 17, 2015

Closing a chapter



Cohort's 11 closing event in Las Lomas. 

It´s been almost ten months since I started working at the International Service and this will likely be my last blog.

I’ll start off by telling how I got this placement. A friend told me about it and the truth is I never thought I’d be able to make it in. When I was 17 I experienced my first community development activity and I was from this that I realized that if there was something that I should definitely think of when choosing my career it should be the concept of helping people. 


 Up Close volunteers after dancing Tinku


Years went by and two years before getting this placement I began to work with kids in a school and it was there that I realized I wanted to contribute to my country through education. in June of 2014, I got my first interview with International Service and I will never forget when I got interviewed by Eric I told him, “if you choose me I promise to give my heart and soul to this work”. When I got the call where they confirmed my placement at the International Service I felt more than happy and excited for all the things that I was going to be doing next.

Volunteers from the Up Close project 

At the beginning my English was terrible, but as time went by I learned and now I can speak fluently, of course it’s not perfect, but I firmly believe that one can always get better. The project and the people I’ve met have changed my life, because it was there where I saw the reality in which we live in and how we can help the people that need it the most. I learned that you might not be able to change a everything but every little helps, and that’s how things start to get better.


Voluneer dancing Tinku

The people I’ve met and the things I’ve learned from them will stay with me forever and I really hope we can work together again in the future because I value all the things I’ve been able to learn from completely different minds so much. Bolivian, British, etc. but I should say each one of them is amazing for its uniqueness. The only thing left to say is thanks, see you soon.

Adriana Barrientos

Childhood and Youth Empowerment team - Cohort 11


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