Bruins B'Olam: Ariella Maghen
Bruins B'Olam is a blog series about Jewish Bruins around the world on Alternative Break experiences with UCLA Hillel. Alternative Break is a week-long immersive experience with students participating in community service projects with partner organizations. This year, Alternative Spring Break is going to the Dominican Republic on an education service trip; if you would like to join us or have more questions, please contact Samantha Libraty at [email protected] or Jessica Jacobs at[email protected].
“Education is the key to life.” After seeing this quote on a bulletin board at the local school on my first day during the Alternative Spring Break trip to Jamaica, I already felt that I was making a difference in lives of the Jamaican children by taking part in this meaningful experience. Upon entering the school on our first day of community service, we were immediately greeted by the children with smiles and warmth. To see the passion these children had for education and the opportunity to assist the children with their schoolwork, was one of the most fulfilling experiences for me. The time we spent exploring the Jamaican island and immersing ourselves in the Jamaican culture life after volunteering at the local schools was incredible, however the involvement in community service had the greatest impact on me. To me, there is no greater feeling in life than seeing the positive impact of your actions on others.