Category Archives: Humanitarian Leadership Academy

November 30

There and Back Again

I’m writing this blog as I wait for an Uber to pick me up in Brooklyn and drive me to JFK Airport. Midway through my assignment, I came back home and re-encountered some of the people that make life matters the most – work colleagues and friends, all around the amazing and lovely Thanksgiving vibe of […]

November 16

Live Together, Die Alone

Not everything in the Philippines is about beautiful beaches, singing to karaoke, or breathtaking diving sites. About 3 years ago, this country faced the fury of two heavily damaging disasters: a 7.2 earthquake and Typhoon Hayan. I’ve been here for almost 3 months now, working with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy to help local communities better prepare […]

October 11


We live in a world where the words “evolution” and “development” are constantly making it to the headlines. A world where connectivity is a given, accessibility is almost omnipresent, and where technology has enabled us to surround ourselves with a (literal) social network, linking us to multiple worlds, diverse realities. It’s very beautiful, eh? Yeah, […]

September 26

A Day without Rain

It’s been a little over a month since I arrived in the Philippines. Sometimes it feels like I’ve been here forever; other times I get really surprised by how fast it’s going. Some days are long and filled by gloomy clouds, like a tempest ready to storm your senses away; most often, though, the experiences […]

September 07

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

You arrive. You sit. You listen. You observe. You process. You leave. Repeat. You arrive. You sit. You listen. You observe. You process. You leave. Repeat. Patience is a gift, one that many of us take for granted. I know I do. I’m always restless, eager for tomorrow, making plans for things that are only […]