Me and my team all packed and ready to go to Puerto Rico then comes "Hurricane Dorian standby!, we're driving down Mississippi, were leaving in 5 hours", said my team leader with angst and urgency. So we traveled, about 5 days, on the road, yeah we made a few stops and seen some cool places. Dorian didn't make a great enough impact, so after a week of staging for that disaster we headed to Puerto Rico.
A lovely island with genuine people who have suffered greatly, I was in awe during my time there. The culture was vibrant, the weather was pleasurable and the drivers always entertained me and my team while on the roads.
Work was work, monotonous most times and I couldn't even count how many spreadsheets I've completed yet I survived. Service isn't glamorous, we worked in an office setting with about 2,000 employees in total. Two years after Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico is still in recovery, many residents still needed grant funding so their homes could be repaired.
This was me and my team's 1st project, we were adjusting to our work environment, team dynamic, community and AmeriCorps responsibilities.
I celebrated my birthday while deployed in Puerto Rico, this was the farthest I've been away from home. Most times it felt like I was on a secluded island, a minor earthquake and tropical storm occurred during my time there. It's unfortunate that the conditions in Puerto Rico have gotten worse due to the recent earthquakes.
Near the end of our project things improved, our work assignments weren't engaging but it required our attention, we were serving with FEMA and we wanted to support the mission, this was the start to finding ourselves and serving with purpose.
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