During this course I had the privilege of serving with leaders who were truly passionate about the field in which they were leading. Dona Daisy was particularly impactful to me. Seeing her commitment to recycling and sustainability was truly inspiring. It made me understand that studying leadership on paper is all well and good, but when you lead in something your passionate about, there is no limit to the impact that you can make and the lives that you can touch. I’ve always been passion about access to education and literacy and for me Serving at the elementary school with Dona Daisy solidified that belief and greatly informed my positionality as a leader. Dona Daisy almost single handedly transformed her community in a sustainable one. However I thought it was profound that not only was she promoting physical sustainability but she was unwittingly also promoting societal sustainability. By focusing her education efforts on the children, Dona Daisy is ensuring that that the community will benefit from sustainable practices long term. It’s a brilliant strategy and one that will forever influence the way I think about bringing change on a large scale.
It was amazing to see firsthand the sustainable water and nature practices that are happening in Costa Rica. It was truly moving to see the symbiotic relationship between the local water treatment center, the citizens of the nearby town and the environment. We hiked through the forest to clear weeds and plant trees. It felt really amazing to know we contributed in a very small way to an organization which protects the water that gives life and that life itself.