I apologize for leaving you all on a cliff-hanger last week! Here’s what happened in the last few days of our trip!
Last Friday at Zamorano kicked off the start of their first Women’s Leadership Conference! It was a really cool event to witness, seeing as this university was originally only for men. The female students share equal school and field work responsibilities as Zamorano’s male students, but it can be hard breaking boundaries on the journey to higher education in this patriarchal society. The entire female student body had the day off to attend the on-campus conference!:
Bruce and Lit set up with their camera and audio kit and began their awesome-ness, while I was very excited to be appointed HD picture-taker for another day! I got so wrapped up in listening to the speeches and snapping pics that I almost got left behind during breakfast haha! Afterward, we ventured off campus in order to get some more shots of scenery on the way to some interviews:
Honestly, it was more than a little rough witnessing the drastic changes from the almost-like-home comforts of Zamorano’s campus with clean water, plenty of food, WiFi, and other “normal” wants and comforts, to the villages we drove through outside of Teguc. The scenery stayed just as beautiful, but the quality of life did not. I’d never seen anyplace like it. There is such poverty with lack of medical resources, food, and other basic necessities that I just wanted to bring every person I met back to my comfy, clean, healthy home in the states. Politicians are often so corrupt they steal away money from nutrition programs in village schools. Water pipes running to the homes we visited can often be contaminated or broken. We learned that more people worldwide die every year from the results of smoke inhalation from faulty stoves than people do from malaria. Zamorano’s staff and students try and play their part in helping others in need through certain programs, such as one with which inputs safer stoves into homes, reducing the amount of fuel needed and making it healthier for generations to come…
Not being able to help those families who need it more than anyone I’d ever met in my life is something I struggled with while we were in the village, once we were back to Zamorano, and still struggle with now that I’m back at school. I feel it’s so cliche to say that I came away from this experience learning again to “be grateful with what I have”, but it’s true. But I want it to be more. What to do, what to do?…
Friday night had us in the capital of Honduras interviewing a graduate of Zamorano. I don’t want to give away anything specific that will be in final cuts of the documentary, but this guy is a real pay-it-forward model. Believe it or not, we had amazing an Italian dinner at a restaurant of cousin of a Zamorano rep. we had been working with that night!
Saturday morning had all of us up early once again before the sun. Final interviews with a pair of amazing women were completed, and we were off to the airport, bound back to Miami then Boston. Unfortunately, workers of American Airlines had other plans for us! Because of their strike, our plane was cancelled. Determined to make the best of our situation, we enjoyed some yummy Honduran food in the city crazy with traffic before heading back to the airport to reschedule flights. AA put us all up in a nice hotel for the night with taxi and dinner included. After a 4hr layover in Miami, we were finally on our way back to Boston. Despite the few minor snags, all in all a safe and super successful trip. — In the next few days I hope to have a reflection piece coming :)