Work Abroad // Missions

School building. Teaching English. Being a decent human.

If you know me personally, you already know that I love to travel. That's part of the reason I started Take Off, Set Sail. However, the experience is so much better when you get to travel for an actual purpose. In 2008 and 2012, I had the opportunities to go to Africa and Honduras, respectively, with the Community of Christ.

I'd never trade either of those experiences I had abroad. I saw the ancient Mayan ruins at Copan and swam in hot springs with the locals in rural Honduras. I went on safari and visited Victoria Falls in Africa. But it wasn't just the places that captivated me. It was the people. Each person had a unique story. And even though there was a clear language barrier, it was fairly easy to communicate and make connections on a personal level.

In Honduras, we spent a lot of time traveling between different congregations, meeting new people and providing personal testimonies that were meant to inspire the locals. But that's not all. Alongside the locals, we were able to help parishioners paint chapels, teach schoolchildren new games and even build a school. We lived among them, learning to make traditional Honduran tortillas and play traditional Honduran games in the process. I can only hope that I made an impression on them, but I know for a fact that they made an impression on me.

Africa, Zambia and Malawi specifically, was an entirely different scenario. Our team split up to visit sometimes three different villages a day. With rape and AIDs still running rampant throughout the continent, we spoke to their communities about the importance of safe sex and higher education, specifically for females.

Check out some photos from my trips below. I hope to add more work experiences abroad to this list very soon.