Sarah Kirkpatrick ' 09, Peace Corps

I started participating in service work during my junior year of high school when I attended the Bishop Lynch service trip to Honduras. I have no logical explanation or reason for wanting to participate in it, all I can say is that I felt a strong urge to go. So, I went, and as corny as it sounds, it changed my life. I learned more about myself and human nature in those two weeks than in all of my seventeen years combined. I went on to participate in three more international service trips, once more to Honduras, and then to Peru and Uganda while in college at St. Edward's University. It was after Uganda that I knew, without hesitation, that I wanted to make international development work my life's mission, which is when I decided to apply to the Peace Corps.

I began my Peace Corps journey in the Philippines during the summer of 2013. I am in the elementary education sector, so I teach English to about 240 fifth and sixth graders. I live in a very small baranguy (village), Tangalan, on the Panay island. I speak Tagalog when I'm not teaching English, and I do my best to occasionally speak Aklonon, the region's language. I work with smart and dedicated teachers, and my kids are always eager to learn. I am Teacher Sarah, and I have never before been so fulfilled. My Peace Corps experience has been anything but easy, it's actually been the most difficult thing I've ever done in my life. Typhoons, language barriers, home sickness, cultural mishaps, illnesses, constant confusion, constant humidity, the list of challenges can sometimes seem endless. However, it's not called "the toughest job you'll ever love" for no reason. The challenges are always short lived and well worth experiencing the feeling I get after reading Green Eggs and Ham to my kids.

For more informaion about Sarah and her journey, visit: http://sarahelenakirkpatrick.blogspot.com/2014_01_01_archive.html

 

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