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New Orleans

new_orleans-72925511Over winter vacation, I went with my school, Purchase on a volunteer trip to New Orleans. Although this trip happened three months ago, I feel the need to share my experience to the world because I have never felt so alive in my 21 years of living. Along with 20 other colleagues, we set off to New Orleans. Upon arriving, we split the group in half where half of us went to Katrina relief and the other half went to Project Lazerus. Project Lazerus was the trip I went on and it was a program designed to counsel and give companionship to those living and suffering from AIDS/HIV. The one week stay with the 15 residents living in the group home, all adults over 30 yrs. old probably was one of my favorite past times. Although I knew all of my colleagues from passing them on campus, none of us really knew each other that well. There was no designed program at Project Lazerus so we worked together to create fun events we all could share. One of the nights was Salsa night where we arranged a buffet of tacos accompanied by Salsa music. When hearing things like “this is the best night in years”, “I love hearing your laughter” “I’ve never had tacos before!” from the residents, I felt this unbelievable euphoric high I’ve never experienced before. We spent all day with the residents, learning from them, exchanging stories, and playing games, dancing, eating, laughing, etc. At night, my colleagues and I ventured off to embrace New Orlean’s culture, eating the best crawfish and jambalaya along with excellent jazz music. I also tried the famous beignets at Cafe Du Monde, which are the most delicious fried dougnut-like treats you will ever eat! Overall, my experience has led me to confront some of the internal fears I’ve been dealing with and being in an environment so different from my own has opened my eyes to be open minded to different cultures. I think New Orleans represents the heart of the South and even with the tragedy that occured, everyone seems to still hold on to hope and possibilities.

1 comment March 25, 2009

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