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Colleen Boylan’s Comments on the Service Project

June 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

When I heard that our Service project was going to be painting a clinic, I was not very enthusiastic about it. Mainly because I am not a very good painter, and I never really enjoyed painting. As we were driving up to the clinic I noticed that the part of San José we were driving through looked very different from the part that our casa was located in. I could tell that we in a poorer part of the city. The houses were very close together, and did not look like they were very sturdy. The people also looked a lot different, you could tell just by looking at them that they were not very well off. When we got to the clinic we were waiting for the contractor to get there, the clinic was not as bad as I thought it was going to be it just needed a little sprucing up. When the contractor got there he gave us hat and tee shirts. At this point I was starting to enjoy myself, and started feeling good about myself. I loved the fact that I was going to be able to help the people of the clinic out.  

We each were assigned a section of the clinic. The taller people were assigned the higher parts of the clinic, and the shorter ones were assigned the lower parts. I grabbed a brush and started to paint, and as I was painted I looked around and saw everyone working as a team, which really gave me a different outlook on this whole experience. We were not just there to paint a clinic; we were there to learn and to grow with one another. I really started to enjoy myself, and I realized that I was not such a bad painter. 

I watched the people walk into the clinic and they were all staring at us wondering what we were all doing, but no one ever said a word. After we painted for a couple of hours we all went into the clinic and took a break. Our tour guide Evelynn prepared a little snack for all of us, and we all sat on the floor of the clinic eating. While I was sitting there my friend Bridget and I were talking about how much fun we were having and what a great experience it was. I also said that I could not wait to tell my dad that I was actually painting he would never believe it. After we were done eating we went out to finish up and clean up. While I was finishing painting the door on of the patients walked up to me and said that we were doing a beautiful job, and he kept saying god bless you. I can not even describe how good that made me feel, not just about myself, but of all of my classmates. I have to say this was probably one of my favorite things that I experienced in Costa Rica. Mainly because I really believe that day that I grew as a person, especially when we went to go the after school program that was two buildings down from the clinic. This is where I realized that my calling in life is to work with children, and that is why I am studying be a teacher.  I went in to the experience completely dreading it, and I ended up having such a great time. I really enjoyed the fact that my classmates and myself worked as a team, and in the end that made us all become so much closer.

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