There are Various Ways to Serve
Thoughts on community service from two year of service youths.
August 18, 2016 - Peru
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'what are you doing for others'?” Rosa and Liz’s eyes widened as they heard those words. They were on the couch in their home, watching the news while simultaneously working on an art project. As they took a moment to reflect Rosa said, "Well, right now we are in our year of service." Liz adds, “We give our time and love for the little ones.”
Rosa assists in the kinder house and Liz helps the caretakers in the primary boys’ home. They work the same schedule as our tíos, five days of work and five days of “descanso” or rest. They go to their assigned homes before the children get up, help with chores, homework, and their day is finished once the children go bed. They are an extra pair of hands that help make the day to day tasks go as smoothly as possible.
Rosa and Liz spoke about their ideas of what community service could look like outside of their year of service. Liz came up with the idea of helping the elderly. Rosa came up with the idea of, “going to zones where there is extreme poverty and help with education and food.” Then she quickly added, “and to do it with a smile to show that they are not alone.” Community service is not just limited to donations and giving out physical things. Rosa said that it can also be something as a conversation, or in her words, “giving advice.”
Liz said that it is important to do community service because, “it teaches us to be empathetic.” Whether it is going to a community to give direct services or just taking a pause to listen to the stories of your neighbor, one thing is for sure - There is more than one way to serve.