Every month the Center for College and Community Service selects a new Volunteer of the Month from the submissions in Durham Tech’s Volunteer Log. For the month of May 2019, it’s Lisandro Valdivia Saucedo. Lisandro participated in the Fall 2018 Serve Seaside ASB trip and came back this spring as a leader for the Serve the Herd trip. Lisandro graduated this month and will start at UNC-Chapel Hill this fall. Congrats, Lisandro!
Lisandro explains what it meant to be an ASB leader at Durham Tech:
Before I became a leader for the 2019 Spring Alternative Service Break (ASB) trip, I had little-to-no knowledge about factory farming and the negative effects it presents to our environment. Preparing for the trip made me do a deep dive on background information on the issue and I realized how the repercussions of factory farming is a lot worse than what I expected it to be. The cold truth only made me more determined to help animals who have been abused, neglected, and abandoned.
Being a leader on this trip really taught me how to manage my time with community service, work, and school. It was such a great experience because I had a great co-leader, Yousaf Abbasi, and volunteer coordinator to help along the way. Being a leader also helped with my teamwork and communication skills. I had to learn how to work and communicate with people who I have never met before and that was one of the things I was extremely nervous about. However, I was very confident that we had a great team so that helped ease my nerves. Once on the trip, I knew our team was going to cooperate well with one another. I enjoyed getting to know and work with others who I have never previously encountered at Durham Tech. Being able to meet new people is one of the main reasons I enjoy doing community service. One of my favorite part of the trip was working with all my new teammates to clean out the sheep barn at the Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge because we were all having a great time, despite the frigid weather, while helping those animals. Being able to do community service is a great way to involve yourself with new people and serve the community while helping those in need. Before, I did not know many people starting my first year at Durham Tech; however, that changed once I began to involve myself with community service. Being able to lead this trip allowed me to capture an unforgettable moment which occurred at Durham Tech and I am glad to have been able to help while having an amazing time with others.