By: Andrea Fajardo, '16
People everywhere talk about making a difference in the world but how many people actually do it? Luckily for the students at Thunderbird School of Global Management, there are many opportunities available. While attending Thunderbird, I decided that it was my time to leave my footprint in the world. With funding through the TELC Fund and the opportunity through Thunderbird For Good, I was able to directly help underdeveloped communities to become more sustainable. The two projects were located in Peru and I was able to volunteer for approximately 5 weeks.
In most Latin American countries, men and women still maintain their traditional roles. Men are the primary breadwinners while women are at home with the children and tending to their household duties. Most women cannot break away from this role due to lack of education and opportunities. In these circumstances women become financially dependent on their spouses. While partnering with DreamBuilder, I provided educational and economic opportunities to women in their communities.