20 01, 2017

Adrian Cabral – Shifting Perspectives

By |2017-01-20T22:07:01-06:00January 20th, 2017|Basic Human Resources, Minding the Gap, Relationship, Uncategorized, Vulnerability|1 Comment

My name is Adrian, a participant of the BoldLeaders program. I went to South Africa with BoldLeaders in 2013 and it was an experience that an email, or even a in person meeting could not do justice. The South Africa team was actually supposed to go to Kenya. I was a part of a group that was going to be in a rural part of Kenya, where I thought I was going to get the "real Africa experience." After a U.S mandated halt on all travel to the country, our trip to Kenya was cancelled. This was specifically important to me because after a training from Michael about our expectations v. outcomes, I realized that it was OK for me to live in spaces of ambiguity. I'd [...]

30 11, 2016

Our Great Endeavor and the Fragile Moments

By |2016-12-19T17:56:46-06:00November 30th, 2016|Minding the Gap, Relationship, Vulnerability|0 Comments

This references a parable in Luke 18:9-14... Recently I have really appreciated being a city kid and moving to the country because I have be able to learn more about farming and food.  I think it has really helped me appreciate and understand more about what farmers have to deal with. One thing I have come to appreciate is how much of a great endeavor it is. There is this incredible lead up to harvest which is hard to under-appreciate: all kinds of effort, expense, thought, energy and time - all put in for one result.  And so it is clear to see why harvest has such an association with thanksgiving and gratitude. There is so much put into it.  So in farming there is this notion [...]

6 09, 2016

Morgan Blanco – Getting the World

By |2017-01-25T18:56:32-06:00September 6th, 2016|Alumni, Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable, Relationship, Vulnerability|0 Comments

  When I started my journey abroad I had a vast amount of feelings, spreading from fear to excitement. I think I found that being a Boldleader allowed me to see that there is beauty in each of these feelings that I was having. My time abroad has been one filled with uncomfortable situations allowing for me to transform my perspectives about the world even more, and making me come alive! These feelings of vulnerability led to some of my greatest memories during my time abroad thus far. It has also allowed me to explore some of the basic human resources that I had lost, which were touch and voice. The relationships and friendships that I have gained through these amazing experiences has made [...]

22 03, 2016

Dana Mulligan – Discovering the World Within

By |2017-01-25T18:57:11-06:00March 22nd, 2016|Alumni, BoldLeader Principles, Minding the Gap, Relationship, What I Learned|0 Comments

My exchange history includes a single month in Uganda with BoldLeaders in 2013 and six months in Senegal with YES Abroad in 2015-2016. While I learned a great deal from both programs, I feel I grew far more during my month in Uganda than I did my six months in Senegal due to the BoldLeaders training, intention, and support I received before and during my time in Uganda. Traveling abroad is always a valuable experience, but there are great depths that may never be discovered if you are not actively searching for them. Being overseas can easily be a purely superficial experience. A new country has many fascinating sights, sounds, smells, and so on, which makes it easy to get swept up in appearance [...]