bajo el sol
"Under the Sun"
Holy moly do I love my job.
A few weeks ago, I joined a non-profit in the jungles of Nicaragua. They say it's rare to constantly find amazing clients and / or companies to work with in this ever-growing creative industry, but I beg to differ. My recent travels with Journey has left my spirit even more uplifted than ever before. Holding the gracious privilege documenting our time spent doing service work and catching the Caribbean waves is something I can’t take lightly. My heart is still stunned at the emotional flight I embarked on... and it's all because of the people I connected with during our short stay.
The beautiful people behind Journey and myself have been talking for what seemed like a year (actually... come to think of it, it has been a full year!) in hopes of finding a project that both of us could work on together. After a number of tireless attempts in finding the time in which both of us were available... a late winter in Nicaragua was calling our names. Show time.
We embarked on a 6-day Journey completing service work, connecting with the local communities through impact, and unwinding through wellness in the spectacular Northern coastline. We paddle boarded the sea at sunrise, drank endless cups of coffee by the beach during sunset, went to a MOTHER FREAKING DISCOTEC across the street from our beach lodge -- I mean, how cool? All of the fellow yogis and travelers I talked to I fell in love with. Many of the Journey volunteers came from all over the country with stories so bold and exciting as their personality that glowed under 4 glasses of crisp, strong margaritas. Hell yeah I went there! I'm craving one as I type…
In additional partnership with Glasswing International, the group worked on an an initiative called an "Extreme School Makeover". On this three-day renovation project, we worked alongside community members to revitalize a local school in an underserved neighborhood. Many of the children we had the pleasure of forming meaningful connections with didn't speak a word of English -- but jumped for a job at the sight of new people. We came as strangers but left as best friends, one boy even kissed me on the cheek as we exited the property for our final goodbye. But I'm pretty sure he kissed everyone on the cheek that day... what a stud. Children have stolen the better half of my heart lately, there’s something so special about the fresh spunkiness in kids that I’ve seen no where else.
I hope they know how special and important they are.
If you're getting a recent itch to travel the globe while simultaneously kick some butt and make a difference -- check out where Journey is going next. They're freaking rockstars. It's quite rare to find a good, wholehearted non profit that legitimately works for the community in which they serve.