In college, I spent the summer voluteering for a non-profit organization called Amigos de las Americas:
1) In 1984, I worked in Atzimbo, Mexico; and
2) In 1985, I worked in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Founded in 1965, Amigos empowers college students to develop leadership skills and increase multi-cultural understanding through community service in Latin America.
In college, I spent the summer of 1984 working as a voluteer in Michoacan, Mexico for Amigos de las Americas.
I lived in a small town named Atzimbo, which did not have running water, so I helped the town develop a community sanitation program. This involved everything from holding town meetings to digging latrines. Twenty years later, I would return to Mexico with a dozen students to do volunteer work.as the Director of the Service Learning Center at St. Mary's University.
During the summer of 1985, I returned to Central America as a volunteer for Amigos. This time, I was stationed in San Jose, Costa Rica and I was part of a team that organized and managed a dental program in partnership with the Costa Rican Ministry of Health. I supervised ten health-care volunteers who were living in five cities throughout the country.