Hello Everyone,

My name is Stegi Ilanthiraian. Today I had an unique experience as the “El Lider del Dia” (Leader of the Day). For us, this day was special because  we went to visit ADIC, the organization that we are partnering with for our community project. Even though our day started off early and we were all tired, I am proud to say that we were committed to making the most of this day. After breakfast, we headed to ADIC and learned about the services they offer to their community. This included after school tutoring for the children as well as various workshops for the adults of the community. We throughly enjoyed reading books with the children and learning about the different services they need.

After learning about their future plans, we returned to the hostel and brainstormed several potential projects for ADIC. Here is what we decided to focus on: constructing tables and chairs for their courtyard as well as planting a vegetable garden for their community workshops. We learned a lot about our own talents and communication abilities as we worked through the process of brainstorming for our project. This has been one of the most impactful days for me. I learned a lot about what it takes to lead effectively, speak compassionately, and learn from the group. I want to thank my peers for this day and my leaders for taking the time to give me constructive feedback. Most importantly, I want to thank my parents for giving me this opportunity. I miss you both so much but I will be with you soon. I love you!!!!

– Stegi Ilanthiraian

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