Personal Narrative: El Hogar San Francisco De Asis In Peru

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“Could you take a bowl of soapy water and wash the children’s hands?” asked Dr. Tony. “Sure!” I replied enthusiastically. I never thought my first task at the El Hogar San Francisco de Asis in Peru would alter my perspective on overcoming obstacles. As I was circling around the table, Victor stuck out his foot and grinned at me. I noticed Victor had no arms, one leg and a prosthetic leg. I washed Victor’s foot and his cheery demeanor surprised me. As I continued to observe Victor, I quickly learned of his fortitude. Watching Victor neatly eat while holding a fork between his toes demonstrated his determination in being self-reliant. Over the next nine days, Victor continually exhibited courage. He took risks like writing with …show more content…
At the Hogar, my job as a volunteer was to help out whenever we could. Primarily, this was assisting with the care of the babies, entertaining the children, and helping with other chores. After spending time with the children, I could hardly believe the strength, energy, and positivity the kids possessed despite their disabilities or family situations. I was truly inspired by these amazing kids and I have realized my passion is to help others. Above all, participating in this mission trip with 17 other students, gave me confidence in my own abilities as a problem solver. It felt good as I wiped the sweat from my face, discovering a drive to accomplish more each day. With assistance from the other teen volunteers, I found if you work diligently together and collaborate well, daily life becomes easier for …show more content…
This journey has shaped the person I am today. Although seeing so many kids with hardships was overwhelming at times, I learned so much. I learned how to cope with unexpected conditions, to empathize, appreciate how fortunate I am, and most importantly know that I can be a positive influence in someone’s life. Working with Victor and the children of the Hogar was an eye-opening experience. As I reflect on their resolve, I know I have the courage and grit to face any hurdle that enters my path. They have shown me the importance of pushing yourself to the limit. I know that if they can persevere, so can

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