This Water Brigadier is Kara Klemp, she is a Senior Biology Major with a Minor in Psychology and Classical Humanities. She is currently applying to Genetic Counseling graduate programs all over the country and has a passion for serving others.
One of my favorite memories from my brigade happened on the third day in country. It was over 100 degrees and we were scheduled to be pickaxing all day long. Right before lunch my arms were so tired I thought they might give out. Not a second later after thinking "How will I be able to keep going the rest of the day?" a community member comes up to me, taps me on the shoulder and begins pickaxing my area for me. Soon a Global Brigade staff member came to join him and then another Mizzou student volunteer followed. It was an extremely beautiful moment. This moment broke through culture barriers, language barriers, gender barriers, you name a barrier and this moment broke through it. It's one of my favorite moments from my life so far. We were all working together for a common purpose and we were doing it as a team.
Her favorite Honduran food served on the brigade was Corn Tortillas
Advice to Future Brigaders: Keep your mind and eyes open at all times during your brigade. Your brain is a sponge and you're going to want it to soak up every second of your trip so it will stay with you for a lifetime.
Embarassing Brigade Moment: "One day I was attacked by a bee mid-swing of my pickaxe and I ended up loosing grip of my pickaxe and it went flying through the air and almost hit a Global Brigade staff member. I was so embarrassed because 1. I was so afraid of the bee I endangered the life of another and 2. I had to learn how to say "I'm sorry for almost impaling you with a pickaxe" in Spanish."