Hellos and Goodbyes

By Kamylle Mac Intosh, a member of the SkillCorps Kenya August 2016 team   As we sat around the lunch table on our first day at Kaizora drinking hot beverages and anxiously awaiting what the day would bring, a boy ran into the space soon followed by his teacher. He...

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Bringing it Back to the Science

By Liz Corbel, a member of the SkillCorps Kenya August 2016 team When a behaviour seems too complex… A target skill too far out of reach… When there are too many variables to account for… There are too many changes that could be made… And two...

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“What is autism?”

By Katie Levy, a member of the SkillCorps Kenya Aug. 2016 team “What is autism?” is a question I am not used to hearing, at least in the literal sense. At home I answer questions about autism on a daily basis, but ‘What is it’ is one I have not been confronted with...

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Experience

By Brittney Paye, a second time SkillCorps volunteer and a member of the SkillCorps Kenya August 2016 team “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes I entered this journey for new experiences in my...

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Burst After Burst

By Brittney Paye, a second time SkillCorps volunteer and a member of the SkillCorps Kenya August 2016 team The very first day we visited Kaizora, I was immediately drawn to a little boy called John*. He had been puzzling the staff at Kaizora for a while and also...

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Common Goals

By Kamylle Mac Intosh, a member of the SkillCorps Kenya August 2016 trip   I’m in Kenya… I’m in Kenya?! I’m miles away from home yet I feel like I never left. In so many ways I feel at home – in the literal sense, but also at the center...

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It’s All Coming Together

By Krystina Gilhuly, a second-time SkillCorps volunteer and member of the SkillCorps Kenya August 2016 team It has been a fantastic week with so much progress. From the first day until our halfway point on Friday, there has been tremendous growth at the center....

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Just go with it!

By Caroline Toto, a member of the SkillCorps Indonesia July 2016 team Flexibility is something that is greatly valued in our field! Not only do we encourage flexibility with the individuals that we work with, but it is also important to promote flexibility within...

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Coming Together

By Jill Hickey, a member of the SkillCorps July 2016 team It’s hard to believe that we have only a few more days left here in Jakarta and at the Hi5 Center. I had the opportunity yesterday and today to interact with some of the children, and observe the great work...

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A Successful Car Free Day

By Bree Lutzow, a member of the SkillCorps Indonesia July 2016 team Yesterday we got to experience Car Free Day! Car Free Day is a city wide “celebration” of sorts that disallows cars and motorcycles from using the roadways in certain areas.  For a couple of hours the...

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Borobodur Bound

By Jeremy Meduri, a member of the SkillCorps Indonesia July 2016 team As we embark on our group excursion, I cannot help but find myself reflecting back on the past few days and what we have accomplished for both the Hi5 Center and the bonds established within this...

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Strangers

By Johanna Safranski, a member of the SkillCorps India July 2016 team If I had to choose one word to describe my experience in India with my SkillCorps team, I simply could not. One word alone cannot do it justice. Before these two weeks of travel and work, I did not...

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