Vanessa, from Brownsville, Texas, graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelors in Theology and International Relations. Since a child, she has always had a curiosity about all cultures and foods. She looks forward to serving in Peru and the new experiences waiting there and with her new community.
I, Vanessa Pérez, commit myself to be an Augustinian Volunteer, and to challenge myself to self-improve for the better of the community and my relationship with God.
Share one of your favorite quotes.
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” -Dr. Seuss
How did you develop a passion for service?
Since a young age, I developed an interest in theology and living out my faith. I believe this is one of the many driving forces that have shaped my interest in service. Every time I went somewhere for community service I met the people of the communities that were being helped which allowed me to give names and faces to people of the communities I went to aid. This is how I started to realize the impact that helping others had on me and increased my sense of solidarity with others around me.
Name one of your favorite musical artists.
Marco Antonio Solis, Joan Sebastian, Roberto Carlos, Los Relampagos del Norte, etc.
What’s a favorite book of yours or a recent book you’ve read?
“Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred D. Taylor
Share an issue you’re passionate about and explain why.
The importance of interfaith and ecumenical dialogue in communities where there are various faith groups living side by side. It is a topic that can at times be tense, awkward and, often, put to the side. It discusses not only the relationship between various faiths and cultures but brings up the current reality on the importance of these factors in people’s daily lives. In today’s world, religion and theology plays an important role no matter if the person is part of an organized religion or is an atheist.
Best moment as an AV to date?
Enjoying the cumbia!
What do you like most about living in the new city you are in so far?
Speaking my native language and bonding with my host family
One word that describes your community-living experience is…