Travel Reflections

Student Reflections

“There are over 70 orphans and each one of them has a different story, and they all just need somebody to love them…….There is an unspeakable amount of lessons that I learned in that three and a half weeks. I became this role model for these kids- this person who I have always wanted to be. This experience was more then I could imagine and my expectations of it were nothing like I did imagine.  If you want to learn more about other cultures and how people live on so little, or learn about yourself and how you could make a difference then look into this trip where you can put your love into a child’s life or help change the future of a small village.  Take a chance and make a difference!”

-Courtney Munro, Walpole, MA

…….“I was concerned that maybe I couldn’t really help these people at all. But I was absolutely wrong. I realized that although the power of one may seem feeble- but it will still prevail over the power of none. We must all put forth our strongest efforts to help people next door and around the world. The Malawian people are beyond hospitable and appreciate all that you do for them. It’s in their nature to just take care of each other and their community because they understand that that is what truly matters. That’s what I learned most, as a people, we’ve lost touch with what counts, but the Malawians reinstated that positive outlook and appreciativeness of everything around me.”

Shereen Bar-or, NY, NY

“I would not give up my experience in Malawi for anything in the world.  There truly is no way to learn so much about people than by living with them.  The children at the orphanage have all lost their parents and are living in one of the poorest countries in the world, but there is one thing that they have plenty of.  The children’s hearts and lives are full of love and compassion.  I will never forget saying goodbye the night before leaving.  I spent at least an hour holding one of the girls, Langani, while we both cried.  I cried because the children had taught me more than I could ever hope to teach them.  I also cried because I knew that I would miss them and because I did not know when I will see them again.  It may be a long time, but I am sure that I will make it back to the small orphanage in Malawi one day because I miss it every day that I have been back.”

– Alison Cramer, Columbia, MD

“Little Field Home is a shining gem in a land of extreme poverty, hunger and desperation. Children who have otherwise been forgotten by society are given a chance at survival; a chance at education; a chance to thrive.”

-Noah Love, Portland, Maine

“ ‘The experience of a lifetime’ seems to undermine how much I saw and changed by living one month in rural Malawi.”

-Heidi Behnke, St. Petersburg, Florida

………One afternoon about three weeks into our stay, In rural Chigamba village Malawi Africa. I decided to go for a long run down the long dirt road that stretched throughout the village and went on for miles before the sun went down. I began my run by my self and like always all the kids from the orphanage and from the village were roaming around and playing. They watched as I ran by and smiled and waved. I passed so many kids.  5 minutes into my run I looked behind me; there were about five or six kids running along with me smiling and laughing. About ten minutes later I looked behind me again and there were about 10 to 15 kids running along with me, coming right up behind me laughing and smiling (running effortlessly or course). Five minutes right after, I didn’t even have to turn back to know more kids had joined.  Still I turned around and there were more than I suspected. Among about 30 -40 kids, a good number of them beside me politely not passing me, I noticed that one boy about 12 years old named Milos, who I taught in the afternoon started to sprint from the back of the line and made sure to run right next to me. He then turned to me as we continued running and said in a breathless voice “I am running”.  It then hit me that these kids are actually listening and learning! I was so happy I exclaimed “Yeah that’s awesome!!” and saw the smile that came over the boys face. I was so excited about this I exclaimed “Yeah! I am running!!” and the thirty kids behind us repeated through their laughter  “I am running!” I then exclaimed, “We are running!” They enthusiastically repeated after me “We are running!” Then I just started cheering and they started cheering as well, saying and repeating, “ Weare running! We are running!” All on their own. I saw the smiles on their faces that they knew exactly what this meant, and right then and there I came to the realization that they were taking in what I was teaching them, and how large of an impact it really made, and the gratitude and appreciation they have for us being there, teaching them. It really can help change their lives, and unlike so many other service projects that promise you they “make a difference”, instead of taking their word for it and being left to wonder the possible result….the result was running right next to me.

-Rose Johnson, Newburyport, MA

……..“Being able to experience Malawi for me was very much a growing experience. I know that Malawi will always be a part of me and forever have a place in my heart. Being able to see how happy the orphans were with how little they had made me wonder how I could live so long without being truly grateful and aware of all that I have. This experience has taught me to love, cherish and appreciate everything that my family and I own and have worked for.

In Malawi, people do not always have the chance to go to school because some do not have the money to pay for the uniforms, which are a necessity for their schools. Seeing some of the children wanting to go to school to learn just made me want to work that much harder at my school. When I had the opportunity to teach the orphans English in class I wanted to teach them all that I knew because I have had a good education, and I do not know when they will next be able to attend school.”

-Meghan Munro, Hebron, Maine

I have never been in such a welcoming and friendly environment. All the orphans are in high spirits despite their living conditions and family problems and their interest and eagerness to learn is unbelievable! This was an unforgettable adventure and I am so grateful to have had an opportunity like this!

-Carley Peats, Camden, ME

I have loved every moment of this trip. What an amazing opportunity! This trip has changed me for the better! What the Little Field Home stands for is a beautiful thing and these orphans are some of the most astounding young people I have ever met.

What changed for me:

* How much I take for granted

* What I am going to do with my life

* My attitude towards all people

* Not judging people off of first impressions

* Education is everything

* The world is a really big place

* The little things matter

* Anger and complaining are easy to avoid

* My perspective of myself

* How much orphans can teach me

– Kate Michaud, Norway, ME

If you are interested in joining us on one of our trips please click HERE.