The Philippines

In September 2001, I began training for what would became one of the most influential, difficult and rewarding chapters of my life; missionary service in the Philippines. 

The initial several months were devoted to preparing for the remainder of the time; to learn Tagalog and effective teaching styles.  In November of 2001 I flew out, not to return until October of 2003. 

During my time abroad I had the opportunity to serve in Pampanga, Pangasinan, Bataan and Zambales.  It was in those regions that I developed a strong respect for the Filipino people and a love of Luzon's natural beauty.

Although the focus was to aid and serve the Filipino people, I gained unique experience rarely gained in the United States.

 I developed many public speaking and linguistic experiences skills through daily interactions with dozens of native non-English speakers.

Additionally, I learned many important leadership skills, through leading a small group of missionaries, that have since been used in an array of career and educational capacities.

All of the long months without hot water or air conditioning were, in my opinion, well worth the friendships, experience and appreciation gained.

I have yet to return, however I fondly look forward to the day that I am able to return to the country that has shaped much of who I am. 

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