Service in the Intangibles

Yesterday, I was watching a football (soccer for all of you Americans) game between service-users from Waddington Street Centre and psychiatric patients from a nearby hospital. Since I have a tear in the cartilage in my knee, I was standing along the sidelines, admonishing myself for not being able to serve the members by playing…

Service on the Other Side

Durham in North Carolina and Durham in the UK are 3754 miles apart. In the past couple of weeks in Waddington Street Centre, I have realized that this number could be deceiving: the support I receive from the staff members, the welcome I get from the members/service users, and the motivation for both organizations to…

A very small world, indeed.

Many miles and a few time zones later, I have transitioned into the UK portion of our Durham program. After two weeks of living, working and learning here I have been able to draw many comparisons between the economic development and history of the Durham in the UK to Durham in the US. In “this…

From Threshold to Waddington

The transition from Durham, North Carolina, to Durham, England, has been a relatively smooth process (with a few exceptions). Regarding Waddington, this has been an eye-opening experience through the comparisons and contrasts of Threshold and American treatment of mental illnesses. Unlike Threshold, the Waddington Street Centre does not incorporate the clubhouse model. Furthermore, the staff…

Being From & Being In

“So, where are you from?” Not a hard question to answer, right? I’m from South Carolina, in the United States. I study at Duke University, and I’m volunteering here through a comparative service project on economic development. Of all of the questions I’ve been asked since coming to the United Kingdom, this one is definitely…

Life Behind Bars

Durham England is a quaint, picturesque town in Northeast England, rich with history and character. Cars whiz down cobblestone roads and friends gather at cozy pubs over a hot cup of tea. Amongst this postage-card image, one would hardly know that just a mile down the street, some of England’s most notorious criminals are caged behind bars at…

Life in Britain

These past two weeks have been jam-packed with work, travel, and exploring a new country and way of life. While in England, I am working with Team Durham’s community outreach program, along with Ashley and Anahita. Our time with the program is primarily broken into two segments. These first two weeks we have been working…

Just across the pond

It’s still so unreal that we’re here in Durham, England. Apologies for the late post– the first weeks here have been extremely busy for us! At first, it felt like I was so far from home, but soon enough, I noticed many similarities between the two Durham’s. Just as Duke plays a major role in…

Redefining Value

Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another. I have come to believe that this law does not just apply to the conservation of energy, but also to the physical goods we utilize on a daily basis. When we throw away a product, it is usually because…

Phase I… complete(?)

I write this post with very mixed emotions in the busy C terminal at RDU with very mixed emotions. Anytime now, they’ll call for boarding and I’ll be on my way to the UK. Numerous friends and family members have contacted me these last couple of days, asking me about my trip. “Are you excited?!”…

Cheers, Threshold

It just seems like yesterday that I was working my first day at Threshold. I remember hesitantly working in the Snack Bar and not really sure what I was doing. However, during the past six weeks, I have learned to confidently work all four units, communicate with the members (and learn all their names!), befriend…

What is life going to be like without…

As I was next to a coworker inputting data last week, I sat straight up in my pink chair, spun towards him and said, “What am I going to do without Claire* in my life?” While he chuckled, I settled back and realized that in a week’s time, I would no longer be serving at…