So you see, what had happened was, I needed a change. I quit my job to go volunteer in the Dominican Republic... in a community that has limited electricity and running water, and almost never any hot water. What on earth was I thinking?! After months of debating with myself, I finally gave myself permission to take the leap, and dare to do something different. What I was about to embark on was risky and uncomfortable, which was not me at all.
Most of our volunteers spend many months preparing themselves for their service trip abroad. When 2-time alumna Trang Tran arrived in Peru to find her luggage was still in Florida, those plans quickly changed. Luckily, she was traveling with the FIMRC Family, and she packed her optimism and flexibility in a carry-on!
Gurleen Samra, a Biological Sciences student at UC Irvine, weighs in on her experience with FIMRC. As an active chapter member, she regularly participates in local volunteer work. This September she embarked with fellow chapter members to serve in Costa Rica through our Global Health Volunteer Program. She's now sharing her experiences, photos, and take-aways from Project Alajuelita.