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.
[Human Connections] not only introduces you to unique crafts or delicious food, it introduces you to the people behind them. They teach a story and the value of access to capital and the impact it can have on the lives of an entrepreneur. You not only understand microfinance better through a [GET], but you also learn from the artisans about life values and the power of a hope for a better future.
This is definitely something I would recommend to everyone. It gives you a realistic perspective of the daily struggles some people go through and the obstacles they go through to prosper. It is educational, inspirational, and an all-around amazing experience. I would highly, highly recommend it to anyone looking to gain new perspectives about life.