¡Bienvenidos, Chloe! Chloe joined the Hospitality Team in Guatemala in January and we are excited to welcome her to Common Hope. Chloe brings enthusiasm, passion, and dedication to her job as a Vision Team Coordinator, which she hopes will inspire others. We asked Chloe a few questions about her background, her hopes for the coming year, and what she enjoys most about working with Vision Teams.

Name: Chloe Mancini
Position: Vision Team Coordinator
Time with CH: 2 months
Favorite Spanish phrase (and its meaning in English): El secreto de la vida, sin embargo, es de caerse siete veces y de levantarse ocho veces. “The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
Favorite Guatemalan food: Beans, rice and plantains

Q. How did you come to volunteer at Common Hope

A. I spent a total of 8 months in Central America in 2015 working for various organizations such as Caras Alegres in Quetzaltenango and La72 in Tabasco, Mexico. The experience completely changed my life. I was, however, the most touched by Guatemala. I instantly fell in love with this country, its people and its culture. I went back to Canada at the end of August and tried to reestablish myself back home but I only had Guatemala at the back of my mind and in my heart. I applied for a Vision Team Coordinator position at Common Hope and got the job in December!

Q. What have you enjoyed the most about working for Common Hope?

A. I enjoy sharing my passion about Guatemala and Common Hope with every new Vision Team I coordinate. Common Hope has one of the strongest and magnificent missions I know, and it is an honor being an ambassador and exposing that mission to individuals coming along on Vision Teams. It is also amazing to build a schedule for an entire team, and see it all fall into place. I had a wonderful experience my first time in Guatemala, and I want every team to also have an amazing week at Common Hope, so it is fun to plan every schedule.

Q. What do you want people back home to know about your experience

A. I want people to know that everyone has the capacity to do something like this, to come work for an organization like Common Hope. It is hard to make the move and leave behind a life back home, but it is so worth it, it is not even comparable! The work that we do with families at Common Hope is memorable and life changing, not only for the affiliated families but for all of the employees and volunteers. I am grateful to have the chance to live this experience in my lifetime.

Q. Has anything happened here during your time here that will make your life different?

A. I think everyday something happens at Common Hope and in Guatemala that makes my life different. Through this entire experience I have learned how much family and friends are important, and my experience here has just further enhanced the love I have for all the people in my life back home. It has also further enhanced my endeavor to break down barriers of injustice, poverty, and social disparities that exist in communities. All the people I have met through Common Hope and in Guatemala have given me so much inspiration, something that I was lacking before I experienced all of this.

Q. What are your hopes for 2016

A. My hopes for 2016 are to dedicate myself to helping those affiliated with Common Hope. We are all a family here at Common Hope, working to provide opportunities to the families of Guatemala, and I plan on contributing as much as I can! I also want to move as many Vision Team members as possible, not only expose them to the realities our families at Common Hope have to face, but I also hope to provide confidence and self-pride to all Vision Team members I meet!