Alumni Talk: Top 5 Adjustments

By Carrie Daut, Friends of the Orphans alumna

You don’t need to be an Einstein to know that coming back to the States after a year in Guatemala was certainly an adjustment. Ignoring the much more complicated emotional-mental-heart side of it, let’s just skip right to the nitty gritty part.

What were the five strangest things to adjust back to?

5. Snow. I came back in January, right in the worst of winter. Snow, ice, sleet. Ew.

4. Being outside and not seeing mountains and volcanoes. This place feels so flat.

3. Basically having a house and a room to myself. Without seven housemates, my life is a lot quieter and a lot less exciting. I often find myself thinking back to our house with the cozy “living room” and the communal kitchen table. And I miss it.

2. Toilet paper goes in the toilet here.

And weird adjustment #1?

1. Remembering how to drive a car! Seriously, my first few weeks back behind the wheel were just terrifying

Carrie is originally from Louisville, Kentucky and attended The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She was a volunteer with Friends of the Orphans in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Part of the organization NPH (Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos — She volunteered as the Communication Officer from January 2010 to January 2011. As Communication Officer (a.k.a. home journalist), she managed the home’s English-language communications with the public and with fundraising offices (mostly via their website) while living in a home of 350 kids, 25 international volunteers, and over 100 local staff! You can find Carrie blogging about life after service at “You Only Live Once,”
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