There is little doubt that giving to others changes the self. On trips into town or around the world to help communities, Cate students give of themselves. In return, they gain experiences that affect them deeply. You can read about their impressions here.
As I sat in bed I imagined the people of Alex, watching the bright lights of the city turn on as they all went to bed in their tiny town with no electricity. I then thought about the the tin-shack village silenced in darkness, like it seems to be in so many people’s minds.
- Ellie, Round Square in Africa
What I found especially poignant was the fact that the school worked so hard to raise the children properly, teaching them everything from table manners to songs, from speaking English to what it means to love. The warmth that radiated from the teachers was tangible.
- Sohee, Storyteller Children’s Center in Santa Barbara
"Every Tuesday night, I have the opportunity to give back to the community at large. Foster Homes is a program in which students can participate in small acts of kindness by visiting homes for the homeless or mentally disabled. Personally, I love the warm feeling I get after attending the homes. My favorite home is Stevens, where I play Yahtzee with the guys who live there. One resident, Mikey, makes Yahtzee more interesting by inserting interjections such as “You won a car!”