Notes from the Field – I was fortunate to attend the 63rd session of the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women. I wondered, under an administration that systematically dictates the exclusion of people from certain countries, what qualifies me to participate in these conversations?
Notes from the Field
Notes from the Field are reports from young people volunteering in ministries of Catholic sisters, a project in partnership with Catholic Volunteer Network since the summer of 2015.
This latest round in the series features one volunteer at the United Nations in New York City and another in Haiti.
Notes from the Field - I've been reflecting on the stimuli that shape my headspace as we approach the 63rd U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, with its focus on public infrastructure.
Notes from the Field - My housemate Lindsey and I set out to pursue the promise of a free buffet dinner at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. On account of a modest stipend, we often go out of our way for free food, but what I found there became much more than that.
Notes from the Field - I was shocked when I realized one of the largest cities in the world could be lacking in quality food sources. In fact, the majority of the populations Good Shepherd Services ministers to live within New York's food deserts.
Notes from the Field - Although I still have a couple of months left with VIDES, I've had some major takeaways from this experience so far. I have also come to discover that first opinions are actually not everything. I had many expectations and visions of how this year of service would turn out.
Notes from the Field - Without the experiences I have had so far in this year of service, I would not have this new breadth of knowledge about myself or the world around me.
Notes from the Field - Sitting in an office most days, reading technical and political reports and dense documents, hardly seems like the idea of service I had envisioned as a volunteer.
Notes from the Field - Kindness in daily interactions has a ripple effect. If enough people walk around with a compassionate attitude, the collective presence of that compassion can be felt viscerally.
Notes from the Field - The adjustment to my new placement site has not always been easy, due to the many differences I have encountered. The climate is much colder, there are language barriers, and the nature of the work here in Veyrier contrasts with my work in Bogotá, which was very hands-on.
Notes from the Field - I ran into this experience as a Good Shepherd Volunteer in a zealous full sprint, but it did not take long to feel like I am struggling to crawl.
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