Brigadier Spotlight - Fariba Pourooshasb

February 23, 2016

Fariba is a Junior studying Biological Sciences emphasizing in Pre-Medical studies and working towards two minors in Psychology and Public & Leadership Service. The first brigade she participated in was a Public Health brigade and then she became a Co-Program Director for the Water and Engineering brigade to Honduras in January 2016. Along with Global Brigades,  Fariba is an active member in Little Sisters of the Gold Rose, a non-greek service sorority.


"Global Brigades has played a huge role throughout my college career and has change my life in unimaginable ways."


What was your favorite thing about working in country?

"Public Health Brigades hold a special place in my heart. My favorite thing about working in country is that I am able to immerse myself in the Honduran culture while working towards our one goal of improving the living conditions of our designated families. Within a short three days, we are able to construct an eco-stove, a hygiene station, and lay cement floors with the help of our amazing GB staff. By the third day, the family, the GB staff, and the brigaders all have developed life lasting bonds. The sense of reward from the impacts we have on the community as we make a difference in the lives of one family at a time is very fulfilling."


What was a memory that you made while on the brigade?

"After completing two Public Health Brigades, I have made countless memories that will last with me for a lifetime. This past January, I encountered one of most hardworking and grateful families ever. On our final reflection day, the mother of the household expressed her gratitude towards each of us brigaders and the Global Brigades staff and thanked us for the immense impact we had on her family. She welled up in tears as she told us that not a day will go by where she isn’t appreciative of all of the work we have put into improving their living conditions. Just the thought of being a small part of improving the lives of a family will be one of the best memories I will have, thanks to Global Brigades."


What kind of realizations did you have while on the brigade?

"Something I definitely realized while on the brigade, was that the families we were serving, despite their living conditions and their income, were one of the most grateful and happiest people. In fact, this past brigade I noticed immediately on the first day, there was a quote written by their six-year old son, Denzel, “we may not have a fortune, but we have each other and that is all the matters!” It was reiterated several times during our reflection that no matter how little or how much they had, what keeps them striving is their family and their love for one another."


What was your favorite food served in country?

"The food in general was amazing, but I have to say the fruit definitely was my favorite!"


Do you have any advice for new brigadiers?

"The most useful advice I can give a new brigader is to remember that these trips are much more that a group of people traveling to Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua, or Ghana to serve the less fortunate. Remember that these trips serve a two way street and that there will be a lot of self-development that occurs within a short 7 days. Cherish your in country interactions and value those moments, for they will be the most impactful memories you will make…believe me, you will not be sorry!"



What is something funny or odd that happened to you in country?

"I have decided that I will leave this story up for interpretation. However, you should know that this picture that I took of this dog makes the best memes EVER!"

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