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What is it Like to Serve with Be the Change?
Are you curious about what it's like to volunteer in another country? Do you want to hear from real people who actually participated on our outreach trips? The people we serve have unique stories, as well, and their voices should be heard. Check out their stories below!
PHARMACIST & GAMING EXTRAORDINAIRE
" It was an awesome opportunity to get to serve as a pharmacist in this capacity becase you really get to see the impact you can have in a community. "
" I have a passion for reaching children in impoverished areas... My cause is more about preventing dental decay in children ages 6-16, so how we go about doing that is providing dental selants, tooth brushing, and flossing education. "
" They say that the eyes are the window to the soul. What do these eyes tell you about her soul? I was so blessed to be a part of a medical mission trip to the Philippines in January and my heart was forever touched by so many of the people who were in desperate need of health care. I accompanied a wonderful nonprofit organization called Be the Change Global Outreach, Inc. They expressed a need for a photographer to document both the sensitive and powerful moments that took place on the mission, and I was on board from that moment on. I will admit that there were times that I wished that I could do more for the sick and impoverished families than just snap a photo, but I was quickly reminded that my job of documenting what was taking place and bringing awareness to the people's plight was equally as important as what the rest of the team was participating in. God sent me on this journey to help spread the word for the people that cannot do so themselves. It is imperative that we live below our own means, so that we can do what is asked of us and help those who need it. "
Sue- Inle Lake, Myanmar
COOKING SCHOOL INSTRUCTOR & COMMUNITY LEADER
"One day during a very hard time, my daughter and I went to the primary school. On that day, I needed to buy an school notebook for my daughter, which is about 200 Kyat ($0.20). At that time, I did not have the money to pay for it. On the way to school, we were both so quite because we both felt ashamed. Suddenly as we passed the market, a foreign lady was passing out the school notebooks to the children passing by and gave us one. My daughter told me "Mommy, don't worry,now we have the book!" I brought my daughter to school and on the way back I was thinking that doing a small thing can really help the life of someone else. After this experience, I decided that if I would have a normal life again, I would also help others like this woman did."- Sue
And she did! These are the books she purchases from her cooking class proceeds to give to the children of the community. This is one of the many ways Be the Change partners with international communities to put our efforts towards positively impact.
2016 Be the Change Short Documentary Video
A look into Concepcion, Tarlac Province Philippines
Dominga, Appropriation Counselor
Edgar, Council Secretary
Pharmacist Intern Student
Having the opportunity to go on a medical mission trip to Myanmar this year was life changing. I had no idea what I was about to experience when I originally agreed to come on this trip. It didn’t take long for me to realize that God had planned for me to attend. God gave us strength each day to set up the clinics and serve the people of Myanmar. It was so easy to love each person I encountered, not just from Myanmar but the medical team, too. We all became a family and will forever share a bond that will unite us. The people of Myanmar welcomed us to their homes and allowed us to learn about their beautiful cultures, traditions, and language. My heart had never experienced something as beautiful as this journey and I will be forever grateful that I was a part of it.
P4 Pharmacist Intern Student
The people of Myanmar have a distinct aura of gratefulness and serenity that leaves an everlasting impression. One of my fondest memories during my time in Myanmar serving with Be the Change Global Outreach was on the last day of the clinic. There was one little girl, about 10 years old, that I instantaneously connected with. Every time I looked at her she smiled. Every time I smiled at her she giggled. The power of a smile, its ability to brighten one’s day, and the ripple effect that ensues afterward in a moment’s notice is an experience that occurred repeatedly during my time in Myanmar. Encountering people that had such joy and thankfulness for life itself while also learning about the religion and culture of a society vastly different than any I had previously been exposed to impact me in a profound way and made me even more thankful for the blessings in my life.