DIAFAR stands for Diáspora Africana de la Argentina. I reached out to their communications director last month basically asking if I could volunteer with them in any way possible that makes use of my strengths as a trumpeter and sound engineer, and the following week he replied back telling me to let him know when I land in Buenos Aires, so we can meet and get the ball rolling!
I've decided to volunteer with this initiative after one of my best friends told me about it when I told her I was thinking of taking a semester off from Brown. She told me because she thought it be one of the most motivating things for me to do that's in keeping with my passions of creating music. I did some more research, and was set on doing the program.
Meetings, think tank sessions and panic attacks later, I finally decided on taking leave from Brown for a semester so that I can embark upon a journey that will simultaneously expand my academic outreach and my personal growth through spiritual development and empowerment.
If I was still in high school and you asked me of my thoughts on doing volunteer work for a community in any capacity, I wouldn't know what to tell you; I'd probably BS an answer and then think later about how I was intimidated by volunteer work and therefore didn't want to do any. By now, that has drastically changed for me, and I can honestly say that doing something for a worthy cause (whatever it may be) is in my realm of interest, mainly due to my recent experiences in college and how they've affected me as an individual.
When I return to Brown in the fall, I'm going to be supercharged toward my purpose at Brown, and the work that lies ahead of me in Argentina is the beginning of the forgery of that product. ¡Vámanos!
For more information about DIAFAR, visit http://diafar.org