Global Engagement Trip Testimonials
The value that Human Connections adds to your travel experience is priceless. Not only do you come away with a better understanding of the community around you, but you also meet with real people who are using their skills to improve their lives and the lives of their children. The stories filled with pride, perseverance, and humility from the HC clients are words that will stay with you far beyond your time in Mexico. The Human Connections staff make these meaningful interactions possible, comfortable, and inspiring.
As an educator in the field of microfinance, it is rare to find those opportunities that can bring your students closer to the action before they join the professional world. Human Connections provided a boots-on-the-ground experience that my students will be able to share with their peers and use as a stepping stone for their careers, regardless of the industry they choose.
Visiting 10 different clients that never would have imagined where they are today without the warm practices of the MFIs we visited truly captures the essence of socially minded economic practices. It’s one thing to read an economics textbook; speaking with an indigenous person about their dreams to improve the health of their community through a small woodworking business gives you an entirely different experience. This journey allowed for the personal interactions that have made me change my major to International Economic Development.
My time with Human Connections allowed me the opportunity to help local communities in a responsible way while learning about socially responsible tourism. I am grateful for the opportunity to have met such amazing people during this trip, all of whom had amazing stories to share and were so welcoming to us. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience, and I can’t wait to return to Nayarit as well as Human Connections.
Although I did not know much about microfinance before the trip, I am so happy to have participated. I learned so much, not just about microfinance, but also about the vibrant culture and amazing people of Ecuador. There was never a dull moment and, as someone that is interested in economics and trying to become fluent in Spanish, I truly feel that this program was invaluable…I can’t wait to apply what I learned to my education and future professional career.