Through my travels around the world, I have been fortunate enough to immerse myself in an abundance of cultures and experience various ways of life, allowing me to grow as an individual and be open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. Two of my trips in particular stand out to me – one to Guizhou, China in October 2012, and the other to Fiji in November 2016. In Guizhou, I interacted and communicated with local children, helped build a shower and toilet facility in a Women’s Center for the Miao minority group, and had the chance to experience the simplicity of life in Guizhou. On the other hand, I visited the Navala village, helped build a walkway at a local primary school, and took part in many traditional Fijian activities. Although the two trips took place in different parts of the world, they both allowed me to take away a sense of respect and appreciation, as well as a newfound knowledge for their respective cultures.
Evidence 1: Interacting with local children at the Women’s Center for the Miao minority group in Guizhou, China
Evidence 2: Taking part in sightseeing and local cultural activities in Guizhou, China
Evidence 3: Taking part in weaving with coconut and banana leaves and wood-carving on Mana Island, Fiji
Evidence 4: Engaging in community service and interacting with primary school students in Nadi, Fiji