Clay Mathews, 2018-2019 Volunteer
Graduated from the College of Idaho with a Bachelors of Arts in History and a double minor in English and Religious Studies
Before coming to Amigos:
Before coming to Amigos I was research farming with a company called Winfield United. I was also living with my two best friends in Caldwell, Idaho.
Motivation for Coming to Amigos:
I have always wanted to do a service trip, but the timing was never right until this year. I had looked online for programs and remember Amigos de Jesús was once of the first ones I looked at. I liked it immediately, but I was not expecting to be able to go. I was actually preparing to go to graduate school before God led me to Amigos. The further I progressed with my grad school application, the more I felt God calling me elsewhere. One night I realized that my dream to go to grad school was not something centered on God's will, but rather the will of my own ego. As soon as I made that realization, I decided not to go to grad school. Though it was God's will, I had no prospects other than school. My mind went back to Amigos, and I thought I would give it a try. They got back to me within minutes, and the option to leave within a few weeks time was offered to me. I took it without hesitating, and now here I am in Honduras. Though it was a whirlwind, I couldn't be happier to be here and serving God's children.
This year I will be teaching ‘colegio’ English for non-bilingual students, which simply means I will be teaching in a middle school setting for kids who are beginners in English. Also, I am helping with a ‘kinder’ (preschool) class once a week, running the computer lab, helping with social media, and teaching ‘valores’ (religion) classes about twice a month.