Leaving a world in which my children seven generations from now will not be able to live in… well.
Life Lessons in Day to Day Wanderings
Describe your academic achievements (honors or degrees received) and how this experience will further your pursuits (professional, academic, volunteer).
Throughout my year in El Salvador, I studied as both a listening and independent (vocational) student, in the Graduate Studies program in both Human Rights and Education; at the University of Central America. In this unique experience, I was able to attend regular graduate classes, as well as conduct independent research, with the supervision of Dr. Maria del Carmen Cruz.
Academically, my work and study at the University has proven invaluable. It has set the very foundation for my continuing graduate studies, at the University of Victoria (Canada); in the fall of 2013. Without the guidance, research and experience here at the University of Central America, I would not have been able to establish the focus and drive of my Master’s thesis. Furthermore, I have gained the focus necessary for my pursuing passions in my continued graduate studies research. My research in models of Peace Education, for the empowerment of marginalized youth, will continue to pull me back to both El Salvador and the University of Central America. I believe that this year sets the beginning of the rest of my life in the work of Peace Education; and I will be returning to El Salvador as my research manifests into lived projects and tangible programs in Canada. There are opportunities for incredible partnerships and relations between both El Salvadoran and Canadian Peace Educational Initiatives; and I hope to act as a sustainable bridge for the two efforts.
As my studies continue into a Masters in Indigenous Governance, with a focus on Peace Education, I intend to continue into a PhD Doctorate, and eventually act as a Professor within the a Canadian University Institution. Furthermore, I intend on actualizing my research in Peace Education in collaborative efforts with the Canadian Government in establishing Peace Educational models throughout First Nations Communities in Canada.
Diverse models of Peace Education I have researched in El Salvador exemplify the positive and effective influence engaged forms of Peace Education have in the lives of marginalized youth. Through connecting both First Nations communities in Canada with working communities in El Salvador- we can nourish international efforts and relations of solidarity and peaceful partnership.
Throughout my time in El Salvador, I have been able to volunteer and learn from over seven volunteer opportunities: A childhood development centre (CINDE), an emergency outreach centre for orphans (Project REDD), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Casa de Arte y Paz, Red Activista, Youth for Change and a Distance Educational Program (UCA). My time with these organizations has provided me with valuable experiential opportunities to observe, participate and reflect about diverse social groups for change. Through what I have learned, I hope to continuing my enriching volunteerism in similar projects both in London Ontario, as well as in Victoria, British Colombia.
Overall, the nature of my studies, supervision, support, sustained research and exuberant volunteerism have constructed the context for a transformational year. At this point of reflection, I can only buzz with gratitude and stimulus, as I feel I will not see the fruits of my work nor what I have learned- until have returned home into continuing studies. The very seeds of my future were planted this year- and I can only continue to allow them to grow through continual determination, joy, and commitment to the furthered humanitarian needs within the local and global communities.