Is From: Red Hook, NY
Lives in: Red Hook, NY
Goes to: SUNY Geneseo
- Dominican Republic 2009
- Dominican Republic 2010
Morgan first met Service For Peace in 2009 when he pursued his interest for international service and joined the Global PeaceMakers in the Dominican Republic that summer. Morgan quickly became a loved member of the GPM family--known for his constant smile, deeper-than-deep profound reflections, and lightheartedness. Likewise, he fell in love with the Dominican Republic and the SFP staff there. Returning to the Global PeaceMakers program the following year, Morgan began training as a facilitator for group reflection and leadership development.
Now a sophomore in college, Morgan continues to support Service For Peace year-round from both near and afar. GPM has become a part of him, and this is how he explains it:
Knowing that everything you do changes the world for the better...that is what it's like when you are on a Service for Peace GPM project. Every time I swung my pick axe at the ground I could feel
the pride swell up, it overwhelmed any tiredness I could have felt. I didn't work hard because I'm a hard
worker--I worked hard because I was selfish, because every drop of sweat that I had made me smile, it let
me know I was doing something to help the world. I never felt so connected to the world and the people
around me; it's something indescribable but all volunteers know what I'm talking about. It's the best
feeling in the world and all of the volunteers got to feel that way.
In retrospect it was Janna, Joan, Mely, and Carlodys (the SFP Dominican Republic staff) that were truly selfless and wise way beyond their years. They knew how dangerous this feeling was they made sure that everyone took breaks and they looked after everyone even when we wouldn't look out for ourselves. Just like each of the volunteers I shared my projects with, each one of the staff members from Service for Peace has taught me so much about myself that I don't know how I could ever possibly hope of showing them how grateful I am. I also don't know how but somehow they even are even letting me join the ranks of staff. I'm aware of how giant the shoes are I have to fill but I consider it a challenge that I will overcome and I'm so happy that I have a chance to."