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The Road to Cheese

By |June 24th, 2014|

On Friday, Team Oportunidad hiked to a renowned cheese farm and Italian restaurant in the picturesque town of Acul. Enjoying our meal on the delightfully breezy front porch, we experienced some amazing views of the surrounding mountains and the town itself. Everyone agreed that the delicious cheese was well worth the hike (and braving the […]

San Juan My Heart

By |June 19th, 2014|

As week 3 is coming to a close, I can’t help but notice how much team Initiative has been able to accomplish in just 5 days. This Monday, we arrived in the city of Sololá, which is about 2 hours out of Antigua, and ventured across Late Atitlán by boat to a small town called […]

Dispatch from Nicaragua

By |June 17th, 2014|

The Nicaragua SEC team is off to a great start. Upon arrival in Granada the interns spent two weeks in a crash course in international development. The teams have been spending time with host families, in Spanish class, and in discussion about development issues and project content. The Social Entrepreneur Corps teams are focused on […]

Homestay Adventures

By |June 12th, 2014|

Food in Guatemala is an experience within itself. A lot of it is amazing while other parts not so much. The biggest shock for me though has been never getting quite what I’d expect. For instance I had asparagus soup for breakfast today and then a green bean omelet and maple syrup covered pineapple for […]

Rain, Projects, and Comfort

By |June 9th, 2014|

I wake up Monday morning at 4:30am to what seemed like a Monsoon coming through my bedroom. Turns out it was just an abnormal amount of rain falling extremely hard on the metal roof that covers my bedroom. After breakfast I meet up with the 15 other students staying in Santa Lucía and we take […]

An Impactful Summer (Winter) in Ecuador

By |May 30th, 2014|

Summer has officially begun! Except, because we’re just slightly south of the Equator, it’s technically winter here in Ecuador. Kicking off our summer of amazing internship programs with our sister organization Social Entrepreneur Corps, five students from the University of Notre Dame’s Student International Business Council (SIBC) are joining the Ecuador team for a 2-week […]

What I Wish I had Packed

By |May 21st, 2014|

Although I like to consider myself an avid traveler, going to Dominican Republic for my Social Entrepreneur Corps taught me some useful packing and travelling lessons I wish I had known before I embarked on my journey. Read carefully if you want to spend your time experiencing everything instead of worrying.

 At least a week before your […]

An Insider’s Guide to Getting the Most Out of Your SEC Experience

By |May 8th, 2014|

My internship in Guatemala was the best experience of my college career! I remember before I went I was so nervous about going to another country for four weeks. Although I had been to Guatemala twice before, I still felt unprepared for my trip. However, it turned out better than I imagined it would.

A piece […]

Opening Doors of Opportunity

By |March 26th, 2014|

Prior to my trip to Ecuador, my career plans were set. I was getting involved in the right student groups, doing research, and making connections, to hopefully one day become the general manager of a professional baseball team. As a freshman in college, I was doing statistical analysis to determine the true value of the […]

Day in the Life: Sales Campaign.

By |March 24th, 2014|

In my six weeks of volunteering for Soluciones Comunitarias (SolCom) up to today, I have had a terrific and most interesting time. I have learned quite a lot already about life in Guatemala, about the running of a small business especially under the rather humble conditions prevalent in a developing country and I even got […]