Hey there! Thanks for stopping by. Here’s just a little bit about myself. I am a 2013 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in Communication Studies and a Spanish minor. Though I’ve lived in many places, I can happily say that I’m from Lenoir City, Tennessee. It’s been my family’s home for the last 12 years. I’ve spent the last four years in Knoxville, a city that I’ve now adopted. I’m blessed to call the wonderful parish community of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church as my home.
For the last 7 years, I’ve been a volunteer with Horse Haven of Tennessee (yes, I still count the year and the time spent in El Salvador as part of my volunteer life with HHT…they’re my barn family too, I just took an extended leave of absence from them!) HHT is a nonprofit rescue that cares for abused and neglected equine. My friend and I started a blog that is supposed to chronicle our quest to hike all 800 miles of the Smokies; however, we hardly have time to get together and hike. I’d still say go visit the blog, for one day we will hike again! Three other important things I’d like you to know about me: I love sharks, I love volcanoes, and people say that I’m addicted to going to concerts.
I am currently living in Texistepeque, Santa Ana, El Salvador because I am doing a year of service and volunteering with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos. I have wanted – have felt called – to do this ever since I first visited the NPH El Salvador home in 2008. In a nutshell, my volunteer position includes many awesome things, but primarily my work consists of helping in the sponsorship office with the occasional side job for the communications office. If you asked what I enjoy most about the “work” here, I would have to say that it is building relationships with the kids and growing in family and friendship with them.
Really all you need to know is, Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos is awesome. AWESOME. It’s beautiful. It works. The great big family of NPH (which spans 9 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean) is changing the lives of thousands of children every day. I love it here. I invite you to see what I see by reading my unfortunately infrequent posts…and maybe, just maybe you’ll get the tiniest glimpse of why these kids have captured me heart, body, and soul.
For more information on NPH and how you can impact and change the life of a child, go here!
Paz y bien.
Ashley Cole Siferd