Community in a Place Far from Home
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Community in a Place Far from Home

Service, spirituality, and community: three words that appear repeatedly upon applying to become an Augustinian Volunteer. Throughout my application process, orientation, and the months leading up to our actual departure I learned about these values and began to understand what they meant to me as a person and as a volunteer. Of these three values,...

Greetings
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Greetings

Hola, buenos días *add smile*, is a very important way to start out the day in Peru. Whether I can blame U.S. politeness deficiencies, my own lack of etiquette, or my quiet nature, at home I did not especially think about saying hello to everyone at the workplace. Here in Chulucanas, however, in my first...

Prayer, Pizza, Peru
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Prayer, Pizza, Peru

I muttered a curse word under my breath before heading out into the unforgiving summer sun in Peru to find flour. I was making the dough for a pizza we were going to eat later that night and had just realized by staring at an off-white soupy mixture and an empty bag that I had...

Cada Día Mejor
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Cada Día Mejor

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been down here for two months now. It has been two months full of rain, prayer, laughs, and new experiences. One of my favorite new experiences has been getting to know and start a relationship with the Augustinians–both in Lima and here in Chulucanas. When we first landed in...

The Service of Living
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The Service of Living

A few times a year, groups of students from the United States visit Chulucanas for weeklong service trips. Usually, on their first night in Chulucanas my community members and I reflect with them on their initial impressions of the city. We are always eager to hear the students’ observations—after living here for almost 7 months,...

Forever Pleasantly Surprised
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Forever Pleasantly Surprised

Sticking my head out of Consultorio 1, a simple cinderblock room with a small wooden desk, floor lamp and bed where Doctor Tom has been seeing countless patients over the past few days, I see a scene of volunteers in green vests shuffling patients around. I see kids squealing in delight as they play with...

A New Standard for Success
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A New Standard for Success

I have always thought of myself as being decently successful, but when you get thrown into a foreign context (literally), that standard for success kind of goes out the window.  Part of my job as the AV for the Diocese of Chulucanas Health Office is to accompany patients to the hospital, sometimes here in Chulucanas...