El Salvador Reflections

Michael F. Randa known as Parker

The trip to El Salvador is up there amongst the most enlightening and liberating experiences of my life, and easily the most memorable of my college career thus far.  The trip gave me the opportunity to completely immerse myself in the country, learn its history through the voices of the people, and cut my teeth in a culture so different than my own. The people of El Salvador inspired me every single day, as they ingrained the idea in my mind that it doesn't matter about the size of your home, or what you own, or even the shirt on your back; as long as you have friends and family and love in your life, you'll get along. I left the country with a greater sense of fulfillment, yet an even greater desire to continue to serve and learn from the people of different cultures. I embarked on the trip not knowing a soul, and came back with twenty-some new friends, and memories I will soon not forget. In El Salvador, I literally felt free.

Sheena Alanna Méndez

My name is Sheena Alanna Méndez, and I am currently a senior attending Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.  I am a Biology major in the pre med program also minoring in Spanish.  Sacred Heart University goes on an annual trip called the El Salvador Delegation. I have had the opportunity to go the past three years and it is an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life.  It was something that changed me forever!  I want to be a part of the force of helping out where ever I would be needed, and I love volunteering my time to support great causes.  I want to contribute my time and efforts in making a difference in the lives of others.  Something changes in your heart when you know you put a smile on someone’s face because you made a difference in their life. My motto in life is to live every day to the fullest. I just want to give back as much as I can.  It is extremely important to me, not to take our time here on earth for granted.  I consider life to be precious. I feel that everyone has something to contribute to world to make it a better place.  For me, I have time to give to help others.  Our ultimate goal in El Salvador is to give hope.  We understand that in one week we aren't going  to save the world but our presence in El Salvador can make a difference.