Hi, my name is Iris Euceda, I should probably start with this because I cannot think which is the perfect way to start describing my first-time experience volunteering in my home country with the amazing team of IC13. I recently moved back to Honduras, I was away for four years studying for my college degree. Since I was five years old I remember I always had this crazy and passionate love to help my country. I have had this dream of having a special place where I can bring families with economic issues and assist kids with special needs and help them have a better future, it is still only a dream, hopefully, one day it can become a reality. Many people questioned me, what was my purpose of studying in a different country if I had the desire to return and help in Honduras? When I took the decision of studying out of Honduras, I did it by taking in consideration how could I prepare myself better to learn different skills that would help me in the future and give my best to help the people in need in Honduras.
The first step I took was getting an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education/ Special Needs and finally a bachelor´s degree in Organizational Development, and here again, I faced many people asking how could I survive with those two college degrees in Honduras. I felt frustrated many times, but I know these two degrees are the perfect mix and a plus that will help me achieve my goals about my passion in life, which is helping others, not to mention you do not need a college degree to be able to help, you just need an open heart and the desire to go anywhere and start giving your best to people that are waiting for a helping hand in their lives.
I know you are probably getting bored and it still makes no sense for you why am I writing my whole life story in this post when it should be about a volunteering experience. I promise not boring you more with my life drama, but it was necessary to give a brief information so you can understand why this wonderful experience changed my life.
While I was studying in the USA I always volunteered in different community outreach with the church I used to attend and in a non-profit organization that works with the Hispanic community in a city of Pennsylvania. I felt very happy about everything I achieved in those years, but I felt sad that I always told everyone how amazing is Honduras and its people, even though I have never volunteered before in anything in my home country. When I moved back in December I started looking for jobs in a non-profit organization industry that works with rural places in Honduras, sent millions of resume and never get any respond back, it has been a frustrating season, and this is the moment I always remember myself, God has a better plan for my life and it is not in my time but on His perfect time that things will happen. Days were passing by and still, nothing happened. It was by mid-January when Javier Quezada, former volunteer of IC13, told me that the organization was coming to Honduras for a medical trip and that they needed interpreters. I knew everything about the organization because he has been volunteering many years with them. Right after he told me about the medical trip, I got home and I remember saying thanks God I still do not have a job because I have completely free days to volunteer with IC13.