Lindsey Kuitse, 2016-2017 volunteer

Graduated from Western Illinois University with a triple major in Spanish, Anthropology, and Religious Studies

Before coming to Amigos, I was finishing up my senior year at WIU. Aside from my responsibilities as a student, I was a student-athlete playing on the Women’s Soccer team for my school in addition to being involved with several other campus organizations.

Motivation for coming to Amigos

I have felt called to do a year of service since my senior year of high school but I was never sure what exactly that service would look like. A short study abroad experience in India as well as my decision to major in Spanish helped solidify my desire to do service both internationally and in a Spanish-speaking country. As I began praying and seriously thinking about a year of international service, I ran across the Amigos de Jesús website and it was just as if all the puzzle pieces fell into place.  I hadn’t been 100% sure what I was looking for in a program or year of service but it just seemed like Amigos had everything – the chance to live in an intentional community and grow in my own faith, the opportunity to work with children, and the ability to help in the education and growth of children in their own cultural context to name a few.

Duties

At school, I am one of four teachers working in the Special Education (Superheroes) classroom where I teach valores (religion) class once a week.  I am also in charge of managing the library and teaching Lectura (Book Club) in our after school activities program.  On the hogar side of things, I am a part of the medical team, splitting doctor's appointment trips with Christina, as well as the hogar photographer.  Other than that, after school, night time, and weekends are full of all sorts of activities, games, and quality time with our awesome kids! (: