Photo of Emily from UT Honors

Within a week of her return home, UT Honors volunteer Emily McClelland enthusiastically shared her testimony with us and others on our Facebook page.

She began by describing her transformation while serving and what greater impact this trip has made on her life.

“I’ve been back for a week now and I can tell I’m a different person from the experience. I have started to value everything that I have that I just took for granted such as good desks. I am also more aware of how much we waste in America. It was an eye opening experience.”

We’re thrilled to hear that not only did this young woman improve the lives of others, but felt she was changed as well.

International Samaritan’s Research Consultant, Kenneth Coleman, recently released a report explaining the long-term impacts left on service-learning immersion volunteers. Like McClelland, volunteers expressed that they had eye-opening experiences and learned more about the world and how they can change it.

“It was a trip I will never forget”, she continued, “My group has now turned into a great set of friends that I couldn’t imagine my life without. The experience would not have been the same without them!”

You too can witness this life-changing growth within yourself, your organization, or within your school. If you’re interested in reading more about the breadth of our reach, read our service trip page.

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