Home safe!

Hi Everyone! Melani, here!

After about 10 hours of traveling, we arrived home last night. It was such a fun trip, and an amazing experience, but I think I speak for everyone when I say we were happy to sleep in our own beds last night! I was planning on blogging last night once I was home, but I was out like a light!

Friday we had our last day at GMHC. We watched a powerful documentary called “How to Survive a Plague”. If you can get your hands on it, I highly suggest you watch it! It focuses on the HIV/AIDS epidemic and how back then, the government was reluctant to spend a lot of money to try to find a cure, or even medication to help slow the progression of the disease. The documentary follows Act Up, a civil rights group through their journey to get medication that is safe and effective. It was an extremely emotional journey. There’s this one scene where they go to Washington DC, and start dumping the ashes of their loved ones on the White House lawn to get people to listen. It was a powerful statement, and it breaks my heart to know that people had to go that far!

We were all a little sad to leave GMHC. It was such an incredible opportunity, and we all learned so much! Its hard to put into words how valuable this time was for me. One thing someone said to us really stuck out to me. Someone said, “It might seem like you’re not doing much. But even if you’re just stuffing envelopes, it’s important. One of those envelopes you’re stuffing might raise thousands of dollars to help people.”

After leaving GMHC for the last time, we went to the historical Stone Wall Inn. For those of you who don’t know, the Stone Wall Inn is a historically famous gay bar. This is where many people say the gay rights movement began. Back in the 1970’s, it was illegal to sell a drink to anyone who was gay, so they opened bars specifically for people who identified that way. It was also a law, that you had to wear three items of clothing from your gender. A lot of these people dressed how they wanted, and often these bars were subject to police raids, even though they didn’t do anything wrong. On one of these raids at the Stonewall Inn, people fought back, and riots ensued. This started the gay rights movement.

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It was amazing to get to go inside this bar. It still operates as a gay bar, and it’s decorated with newspaper articles from that time period. We went to look around, and by chance, the one guy sitting in the bar happened to be at the riots that night so long ago! It was amazing to hear the story from someone who was actually there. We were incredibly lucky!

After Stonewall, we had a little down time to get ready for Broadway! We went to see Kinky Boots, and it was a great performance. The premise is a man takes over his father’s failing shoe business after he passes away. In order to save the company he starts making a new product, shoes for drag queens. It’s a hilarious show!

Saturday morning, we had a few hours to explore and have breakfast one last time. (I am going to miss crepes SO much!) and then we flew to Chicago and met up with the New Orleans group and drove back to Oshkosh. It was a long trip, but so worth it!

Day 6: The Last Supper

Well… our fantastic week has come to an end. Tonight we said goodbye to our awesome new friends, and tomorrow we say goodbye to beautiful Honduras. For every single one of us, this trip has ment something different, but for us all it has been life changing. No words or pictures can describe our experience, neither can the stories we tell when we come back. Some think we may have just painted a mural and hung out with cute kids all break, but the way we were able to impact such amazing people and give them a stepping stone to better their lives. And in return, they impacted ours.

Here is a favorite picture and quote from your 2015 ASB Honduras team

 

“Work was done. Relationships were formed. Lives were changed. The world will never be the same.” -Missy

  

 

“Oh the places you’ll go, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so… get on your way! -Dr. Seuss” -Steph

 

“If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.” -Sam

  

  

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” -Allie

  

 

“The people we met this week have changed my life for good and I couldn’t ask for anything thing else!” -Jayna

 

“I still only know like 10 words in Spanish, and have sunburn on every inch of my body… but there is no way to describe what an awesome impact this trip has had on my life.” -Ashlee

  

 

“Nooo, Gracie, noo! Si, Gracie, si!”- Gracie

 

“This week I learned a lot, but the most important is that I can be completely, perfectly and incandescently happy by attitude alone. GIVE ME MY SPANISH MAGIC 8 BALL.” -Teegan

   

“Never think that what you have to offer is insignificant. There will always be someone out there that needs what you have to give.” -Bailee

Thank you so much for following us on our journey! Watch for updates, as we continue our work to support OYE Honduras!

-Ashlee Arendt 

Team Member: Megan

My name is Megan Allermann and I am a Junior studying Human Service Leadership. My favorite part of the trip is getting to know my fellow Titans and do service work that will change the world one step at a time. The amount of work we are doing here is helping so many people and giving them hope. I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned and bring it back to Oshkosh! 

 

Team Member: Ashley

Hello my name is Ashley! My major is elementary education. I’m a junior here at UW Oshkosh. My favorite part of the trip was being able to talk to locals as we were helping. Hearing their stories about survival and hope was inspiring. 

 

Gator Count:35

Today was our last full day in NOLA. we had a free day from volunteering and went on our bayou tour and to the zoo. During our tour we counted 35 gators around the boat. We even got to hold a little baby gator which was most of ours favorite part of the tour. 

Afterwards we went to lunch and then to the Audubon Zoo. We broke off into groups to explore the ginormous property. Our group member Jess has always had jumping into a fountain on her bucket list, and today she was able to fulfill that dream!! She was overly excited as seen in the last photo. We all got to see monkeys, snakes and MORE GATORS!!!! It was a full eventful day! 

We head back to (snowy) Wisconsin tomorrow. We are all so homered to be able to tell about all of the work we have done this week. Thank you to friends and family that have supported us throughout the whole process.  

            

 

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