As I sit in my cubicle in Syracuse, NY in early July, 2014, I reflect back over the past two months and am amazed at the experiences I have had. Miraculously I am still taking Malaria medication into the third week after my return from Rwanda – a part of the Shelter experience that still lingers with me, in addition to vivid memories, experiences, knowledge, and hundreds of pictures that came back to the USA with me.
I knew very little about the Shelter program before my journey to Rwanda as part of the Shelter team. I had heard about Shelter through the Source and Yammer, mainly reading blogs about the Philippines mission after the typhoon. Being interested in international experiences, I knew that I wanted to get involved in this unique opportunity, but I was not sure how or if I was even qualified.