Liv’s Summer Service Reflection

This summer I went to Argentina with Putney Student Travel. The program I participated in, Language Learning: Argentina, focuses on Spanish language immersion and has a service component as well. For two weeks out of the month long trip our group stayed in a small village called Villa de Las Rosas in the countryside of Cordoba and spent a lot of time working in the community. In total, our group completed sixty hours of community service in Villa de Las Rosas. Our group volunteered at the local school where we painted sets for the community center, built benches and painted elaborate murals on one of the school’s buildings. We collaborated with the local kids (aged16-19) on designing and painting.
Working at the school was extremely gratifying and enjoyable. The kids from the town who worked with us made the experience unforgettable. When we were all either painting or building we would play music, talk, and laugh with one another. By collaborating, working towards a common goal, and serving the community we developed strong connections with the Argentine kids. Because we developed such close relationships with the Argentine kids the work we were doing felt more meaningful and we got to see the difference the work made in the community more closely. At the end of the two weeks when we had completed all of the service projects it was incredible to see how the murals and benches brought so much color and excitement to the school. More than that, the experience showed me how important it is to work together and how meaningful it can be to connect with someone, even if it is just over painting murals.

one of the sets for the community center

one of the sets for the community center

one side of the building

one side of the building

another side of the building

another side of the building

another side of the building

another side of the building

one of the benches

one of the benches

2 thoughts on “Liv’s Summer Service Reflection

  1. Liv,
    You said it so well:

    By collaborating, working towards a common goal, and serving the community we developed strong connections with the Argentine kids

    When we serve alongside others, we do more than make improvements …we build community and establish personal connections. Doing “with” not “for” is the key.

  2. Liv,

    Your trip to Argentina sounds like an amazing experiences filled with beauty–in the art, in the action, and in the outcome. That said, I think for me, the most beautiful part of your blog was your insights about how collaborating and learning directly with the community was so impactful.

    Sounds like a great experience overall!
    Jen

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