Vanessa – Fiji Community Service Trip

Over the summer, I went on a trip with Travel for Teens and volunteered at Ratu Meli Memorial Elementary School in Northern Fiji on Nacula Island. At the elementary school, we built a trash incinerator for the school to dispose of their trash. We also were able to spend time with the students at the school to help them practice their English as well as improve communication skills. I felt like this trip was an enlightening experience. Fiji is often misconceived as a vacationland filled with resorts. Traveling to Fiji, I learned that Fiji is a third world country and was surprised to see the amount of poverty many people face.

CancerCare: YPI Reflection

Over the course of researching CancerCare, I have discovered that Cancer not only effects the person who has it, but can also place a large emotional and financial burden on family members. I learned how to communicate with CancerCare through emails and over the phone to set up a site visit and receive information needed for our presentation. To remain engaged with CancerCare, my group plans on doing a bake sale at school to raise even more money for CancerCare. The most challenging part of this project was making our presentation cohesive and smooth. The most rewarding part of this project was seeing all of our hard work pay off.

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