Nick Farley is a Junior from Des Moines, Iowa studying Accounting in the Master's program in the Trulaske College of Business. Nick's first trip with Global Brigades was the Microfinance brigade to Honduras in January 2015. He loved Global Brigades and the work they did so much that he became the Program Director and lead the Business Brigade to Panama in January 2016. Along with his love of Global Brigades, Nick is also involved in Delta Tau Delta fraternity and playing intramural sports at the Mizzou Rec.
What was your favorite thing about working in country?
"I liked experiencing a business atmosphere and economy that is completely different than the United States. A Business/ Microfinance trip is such a great way to practice the basic skills we are learning in school. I am obviously a little biased, but I believe business trips tie the holistic model together and help communities grow and become sustainable."
What was a memory that you made while on the brigade?
"A memory I took away from Panama was from our last cultural exchange day. Our group was lucky enough to work in a very accepting indigenous community so our cultural exchange was like nothing I have ever seen; the food was incredible, their art work is colorful and intricate, and they showed us dances that have been passed down for generations. This brought the whole trip together and solidified the work we did while in Pueblo Nuevo, Panama."
What kind of realizations did you have while on the brigade?
"I realized how important teamwork is and how fast a community can grow when everyone works together. The Honduran community was so eager to learn and everyone was willing to make sacrifices for the betterment of the community, which has contributed to the popularity and success of Global Brigades."
What was your favorite food served in country?
"Homemade chips with fresh lime"
Do you have any advice for new brigadiers?
"Take every advantage you can while in country and develop a good relationship with the other members of your brigade. Try and experience the culture to the fullest and really put yourself in the locals' shoes. You will learn so much more over that week and your volunteer work will be much more effective!"