Then and Now

By: Stephanie Phelan, SkillCorps Member Peru February 2014 and Kenya July 2019 Then (2014). Then I was 27-years-old. I was not yet married but was planning a wedding. I lived in Massachusetts. I earned my certification as a Behavior Analyst 3 months earlier. I felt...

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Autism is Universal

By: Andrew Bennett “Acceptance is only bound by what borders you choose to bind it by.” There is a Web forum for people with autism called “Wrong Planet,” as if we are aliens learning to adapt to Earth. I live with autism and have traveled to my fifth foreign country...

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Happy Squeals

By: Cheyanne Worldand I went into this trip with very little expectations. I was going to be surrounded by people I didn’t know in places I’ve never been. As scary as that may sound, I saw it as an opportunity to grow. Applying for this trip was the first stepping...

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Gratitude, New Perspective, and New Friendships.

By: Amanda Childs I joined The Global Autism Project thinking of what I could bring to the table, not what I could take away from the experience. I could sit down and write all about myself and how I learned so much from my experience and time on this trip; however, I...

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If Not Us Then Who?

By: Amanda Rowland “You want me to do what?!” I exclaimed upon learning that I had to fundraise $5000.  I knew I loved to travel. I had even previously done sustainable volunteer work in Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Ghana. I also knew that I was passionate about providing...

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Namaee = Development

By: Nicole Skotz Walking into the center the first day, there were many thoughts running through my mind: where are we, what’s it going to look like, how are we going to communicate, what are we training the staff on, and … it’s scorching hot! All of those...

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Letting Go, Taking It In

By: Ashley L I’m a first time world traveler of the quiet variety, so embarking on a journey across the globe with a group of strangers to share my skills with the Global Autism Project was a decision I spent a good couple of months chewing on. Yet, every blog post I...

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Kenya

By: Shelley Sumar “A picture is worth a thousand words.” As my days in the East African tundra trickle away, this famous English idiom has me thinking. If a picture is truly worth a thousand words, what would the 857 pictures that our team took over 3 weeks say? For...

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Translating in a foreign country

By: Elaine Gilmartin, MA, BCBA It all started with my grandma, she told me as a kid that If I didn’t learn Spanish, she wouldn’t leave my anything when she died. I have been speaking Spanish ever since. At 17, I had an opportunity to work with children on the...

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Don’t Assume, Ask And Learn!

By: Emma Jarvi RBT, Intervention Specialist One of the most amazing parts about my SkillCorps trip to ASHA in Bangalore, India has been learning about the cultural reasons behind what the teachers teach. At first observing a classroom of teenaged students putting...

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Trash or Treasure?

By: Taylor Miceli Look to your left, what do you see? An empty bag of gummy bears or a way to begin independence? What many may see as a bag of trash, Kaki, ACAP director for GAP’s new center in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic sees as an individualized opportunity...

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