Radiant Faces & A Vibrant City

Radiant Faces & A Vibrant City

Day 3. We started off our day in Panama with a break dancing class. It’s a style that is out of my comfort zone, but today our teacher, Hernan, was very caring and he helped all of us individually. He corrected us one-by-one and he was so genuine. His ease made me feel so comfortable that it allowed me to open up and try the break dancing moves without feeling shy or judged...

Language of Dance

Language of Dance

We kicked off our second day in Panama with a flying low technique class, which was taught by a college student named Adrian. I’m personally not fond of floorwork but it was fun exploring out of my comfort zone and getting down on the ground...

Love at First Sight

Love at First Sight

Day 2. I am absolutely in love with this city, its people, and its vibrantly beautiful culture.

The day of our departure to Panama I felt overwhelmed with nerves and a shaky sense of excitement. I had no idea what to expect, but I knew that this experience would change my life.

Leading to Serve

Leading to Serve

Service and leadership have each played an integral role in shaping my interests and passions.  As my experiences as a service leader have grown, I have come to realize that my work in service has greatly developed my work as a leader...

“Move-Empowered”

“Move-Empowered”

E-ducation is a dialogue
M-aking connections
P-ower is in hope
O-utstanding leadership
W-omen are bad-ass superheroes
E- nriching lives
R- emember why you serve
E- ndless work, but...
D- etermination is the starting line

Familiar Faces

Familiar Faces

After drinking copious amounts of Panamanian coffee in attempt to rid my body of the previous day’s soreness and exhaustion, it was off to the university for the first activity of the day. On the itinerary for the day was a typical Panamanian folkloric class with a professor from the university...

An Eye-Opening Experience

An Eye-Opening Experience

My experience here has been eye opening. I believe that I've learned so much from just being here a few days. The kids at Aldea and Malambo have taught me more about myself than I truly realized.

Con Niños

Con Niños

This picture, like the kids of Aldea, is full of life, imagination, and inspiration. It was wonderful working with the children of the orphanage and working beyond the language barrier using whatever Spanish I knew, combined with the help and understanding of these kids.

Bienvenidos

Bienvenidos

It was 2am and all I could think about were two things:

How I had never heard anyone snore so loudly in my entire life, and how badly I wanted to release my body of the pretzel it had been in for the past seven hours. And not the soft Auntie Anne's either. But the ones you buy in a bag that are stiff and break upon snapping...

 Movement Exchange Blog

Movement Exchange Blog

When I walked off the plane and into the Panama City airport, I jokingly thought to myself, "I'm not in Kansas anymore". It was my first time ever stepping onto non-U.S. soil...