Delegate Spotlight: Jamie
Our blog series, Delegate Spotlight, feature past participants from SHARE’s major delegations. A delegate is someone who travels with a group (delegation) to El Salvador to learn about the history, politics, and people to better accompany the Salvadoran people. Interested in becoming a SHARE delegate? Check out our major delegation page for information on the upcoming Women Leaders Across Borders trip in May/June 2017!
My name is Jamie and I am a student from Seattle, Washington, in the United States. I was a part of the Northwest School SHARE Delegation in March, 2017.
Why did I decide to participate? I initially decided to participate in the SHARE delegation because I saw it as a great opportunity to expand my limited world view and learn about people with who live with different realities than me.
What did I gain? From this experience I learned a lot about the history of El Salvador that I was unaware of, as well as about the culture and how people live in the country. I also gained a new sense of global citizenship.
What was my favorite part? The most memorable part of the trip for me was when our delegation met with some survivors of the Civil War at the Monument to Truth and Memory and they told us stories of how they were personally affected by the war.
My favorite part of the experience was getting to know our Delegation leader and many other wonderful Salvadorans we met.
How was I challenged? I was challenged to accept the reality of the atrocities committed during the war. At times it seemed as though the history we learned and the stories people told us from the war were impossible; how could people do such horrible things to each other? It was just challenging to comprehend.
To those thinking about joining one of SHARE’s delegations: Do not let fear stop you. The experience you will have will be worth any perceived danger reflected in the media.
How does your experience continue to inspire you in your work/life/passions today? After learning about this history and the lives of many Salvadorans, I am inspired by the passion with which people are fighting for human rights. I am motivated to do my best to have a positive impact on the world.