Melissa's Oaxaca Service-Learning Blog

I was enrolled in a summer Service-Learning Program through ACCD. this blog follwed our adventures in San Antonio and in Oaxaca. It now holds some thoughts on life, and fun as well as comments. I will continue to post Oaxaca information as i get it. you will want to continue checking for updates since we are suppose to go back in March 07!

 
The value of study abroad
Monday, July 03, 2006
Study abroad offers the opportunity to expand ones' education by placing them in a setting that differse immensely from their own.

I was given the opportunity to step outside the mainstream American worldview and experience life in a new perspective.

This is a valuable experience that cannot be taught in a classroom, but must be experienced first hand.

From volunteering at the SAMMinistries, to our brief stay in Oaxaca. Through this I have gained a better understanding of international, political and econmic issues.

I have gained an appreciation for the richness of different cultures and traditions and what they might teach us, not only about others but perhaps more importantly about ourselves.
I would recomend that every student do at least one study abroad program. I have a new thirst for knowledge of the world around me, and will continue to try and quence it with more study abroad programs!
posted by Melissa Rodriguez @ 7/03/2006 10:03:00 AM  
2 Comments:
  • At Wednesday, July 05, 2006 9:32:00 PM, Blogger Karen Marcotte said…

    Melissa,

    Your personal growth from study abroad was an excellent comment. That is our goal. If I ruled the world, everyone would have to take a study abroad !! Keep in touch with us for futute opportunities!!
    Karen
    Journal # 5 - 20/20

     
  • At Saturday, July 15, 2006 1:05:00 AM, Blogger Melissa Rodriguez said…

    My past trip to Oaxaca are but memories in my mind. The friendships that i continue to build with my classmates even today hold an in my heart an enthusastic future adventure that i hope we get to have in Mexico!

     
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Name: Melissa Rodriguez
Home: San Antonio, Texas, United States
About Me: New me, not the same one that started out in the begining of the summer. Oaxaca and what I saw here in SA changed me. I use to think I did a lot, volunteer for organizations, chair events. blablabla. But there is sooo much more to do! And i learned not to be afraid. Not that I was scared of things before. But not to be afraid to venture out and ask questions. Or to say NO! And to ask why something can't happen. To be in the middle of all that and not knowing what tomorrow held. Finding out who really loved you when you called home, who was waiting for your call.. maybe my last call, that woke me up to what i want for my life....New me ..braver, more aggressive, and more FOCUS than ever on a GOAL! UPDATE: one goal completed since last updated: i graduating w/ my AA in PR! 2nd goal going to OLLU for my BS. 3rd goal: WE ARE GOING BACK TO OAXACA!!!
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