Ciocia Kasia: Champion of Solidarity

Never have I witnessed such a beautiful display of solidarity than when I was at Zmiaca.  Ciocia Kasia is not only the woman who owns and manages the orphanage, but also a woman who devotes every day of her life to improving the lives of those in need.  Despite the...

Home, but not quite family

“Even the best orphanage can never be a family”.  This is what Ciocia Kasia, owner and head of Zmiaca, said to our entire team in a meeting where she gave a history of the orphanage.  Of all of the information she shared with us, this sentence is what lingers in my...

Lens-less Life

I do not consider myself a flashy, high maintenance person.  Most days, I walk out of the house with jeans and a t-shirt or some other minimalistic outfit, and my phone is my least favorite (and least used) accessory.  Understanding that I am a minimalistic gal, I...

Sweating, Simplicity, & I

There are two types of people in the world: those who prefer the summer and those who prefer winter. I am the type of person to sleep with her windows open on a cold, winter night. If I am out in the sun for a long time that means I will sweat and sweating makes me...

Who wants to go Shopping?!?!

Looking back at my time in Jamaica, I realize that us Americans buy food for the long haul. Where Jamaicans buy just what they need. There are multiple factors as to why exactly but this is where simplicity in my life rolls into effect. Back when we were in Braes...

Hiding Behind The Camera

In today’s day and age most of our lives are dictated by our technology.  We often let our cell phones take precedence to the conversations we have before us, or a television program that you just can’t miss, either way majority of our lives are controlled by...

Jamaica: Simplicity is not Simple

Simplicity is not simple. As an American born and raised in the twenty-first century, I have grown accustomed to things.  I never really thought of myself as a person who put a lot of value in materialism, but after seeing how it frustrates me when some material...

Solidarity in Jamaica

I think going into these trips everyone knew that solidarity would be one of the most difficult of the cornerstone values to experience, but the point is we all went to our destinations with open minds and hearts willing to try.  It may have taken some of us longer...

Untouchability in India and other ailings of the world

I googled “Solidarity” to put into words what I thought it means and I found out that it comes from the latin word solidus which means “solid” and it basically means to be in unity with a particular group or community based on interests and...

Solidarity: Kids will be Kids

Human instinct makes us judge. We seek to sort and organize people and things so that we can better understand them. As systematically fine this may seem, it leads to a lot of injustices and is something that is really hard to correct. Stereotypes have rose from...