Chimamanda, Stories, and Lalasalama

By Holly Washburn, a member of the SkillCorps Kenya April 2016 team “Stories can be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can be used to break dignity of people, but stories can also be used to repair that dignity.” ~ Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche I began... read more

Autism Awareness Event in Nairobi

By Elyse Davis, a member of the SkillCorps Kenya April 2016 team. She has also traveled on SkillCorps trips to India and the Dominican Republic. Yesterday, Nairobi had a special occasion that hosted hundreds of people for an Autism Awareness Event. Hosted at the Bomas... read more

New Beginnings

By Shannon Chesbro, a member of the SkillCorps Kenya April 2016 team I came into this new country knowing who I was and what I wanted to experience while I was here; I am now going to leave this country knowing what I want in life and who I want to become. This trip... read more

Their Full Potential

By Allison Bickelman, a member of the SkillCorps Kenya April 2016 team As a BCBA and program supervisor, I spend my work days writing behavior plans and skill building programs. I was beyond thrilled to start working at Kaizora alongside Pooja, the only BCBA in Kenya,... read more

#SugarArt4Autism

Have you heard about Sugar Art for Autism? 100 Cake Artists from 21 countries all over the world have come together to celebrate autism during the month of April! Read on about their SWEET work! “The group, founded in April 2015, proudly includes Sugar Artists... read more

Awareness is Useless

by Sara Costello, Director of International Partnerships at Global Autism Project Consider the components of awareness events: Acknowledging a population, identifying the markers of a demographic. We talk about the signs and symptoms. We discuss the challenges, and at... read more

True Life: I was a voluntourist.

A recent New York Times article accurately described the predicament of voluntourism. When I began my journey of working with children with autism outside of the United States, I was a volunteer at a school for special needs in Cuzco, Peru. I was untrained and had no... read more

Being of Service

By Tara Quinn, a SkillCorps member on the Indonesia March 2016 trip “They are a part of the same family.” I can hear Shinta saying after Hotik asked her to explain a certain Indonesian fruit. I just sat down to write my blog and can’t help but to think how appropriate... read more

Unexpected Surprises

By Samantha Benoit, a SkillCorps member on the Indonesia March 2016 trip From day one I was blown away with unexpected surprises. I anxiously walked into orientation and was instantly greeted by a young man dressed in office attire who I did not recognize and a few... read more

Old Friends Who’ve Just Met

By Janet Delgado, a SkillCorps member on the March 2016 trip to Indonesia So I was trying to think of what direction to take this post to and realized it’s difficult to fit “all the things” (as our team leader would say) into this blog post without... read more

No One is Youer than You

By Crystal Thompson, who is on her 3rd SkillCorps trips with the Global Autism Project. She has traveled to Kenya, the Dominican Republic, and is currently in Indonesia. “How others see you, is not important. How you see yourself is everything.”  During... read more
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