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An FSD Staff On-Site Reflection, by Brandon Leonard
March 3, 2010: Making Connections with Service Learning and
NGO visits in Bolivia
During the first three weeks of January, I had the opportunity to visit FSD’s program in Cochabamba, Bolivia. I had an amazing time and would like to share a little bit about my experience.
For the first two weeks, I worked with the organization Infante exploring social issues in Bolivia with an SLT group of 18 students from UC Berkeley. Working with incredibly dedicated educators, staff, and volunteers who have devoted their time to helping women and children who have suffered abuse, we constructed several new toilets for the women’s home as well as a new roof. The women and children hailed from all areas of Bolivia, and through the sharing of stories and activities we created a strong connection; more powerful than the work we were doing were the relationships that formed through simple activities such as dancing, gardening, baking, drawing, theater, and games.
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