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  • Day12

    Philadelphia

    November 11, 2017 in the United States

    We saw heaps on day 2 of Phily including the liberty bell, the national constitution centre, independence hall, and the Franklin institute science museum. Learnt a lot about the early days of democracy in America when Philadelphia was the capital before DC existed from 1790-1800. Phily also has a lot of love for Benji Franklin and now so do we!Read more

  • Day8

    Day 6: philli

    December 4, 2015 in the United States

    We left new york at about 7.30 am and started making our way to Washington D.C on our way we stopped at Philadelphia and seen the stairs that were on the rocky film and the statue of rocky, we then went and tried a philly cheese steak which was rather delicious!

  • Day14

    Philadelphia - New City

    May 23, 2017 in the United States

    Nachdem wir gestern zu Fuß in der Altstadt und im Hafen unterwegs waren, ging's heute per HopOn-HopOff-Bus durch die "New City".
    Im Reading Terminal Market gab's an über 80 kleineren Ständen alles Kulinarische, was das Herz begehrte, zu fairen Preisen. Und vor allem lecker und frisch👍🏼 Philly CheeseSteak, ein paar Whoopie Pies und Pasta wurden dort erfolgreich probiert und verdrückt.
    Weiter gings zum Rathaus und quer durch die Stadt. In's Eastern State Penitentiary, einem Knast von 1829, kamen wir auf Einladung eines Guides kostenlos rein statt 32$ zahlen zu müssen... warum auch immer🤷🏼‍♂️ Dort saß u.a. auch schon Al Capone ein, war sehr interessant👍🏼
    Hier haben wir somit eigentlich alles Wichtige gesehen, kann morgen weiter gehen.
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  • Day0

    Philadelpia Day 1

    October 3, 2016 in the United States

    Flew on Delta from DFW-DTW while on the flight I ran across flight attendant Brandan Gonzales and had a great flight. From there I connected DTW-PHL where Alan Stachura picked me up. From there we went to check into our hotel downtown at The Logan followed by Happy Hour drinks at Boxers and Dinner at Mixto.Read more

  • Day6

    Christ Church

    May 14, 2017 in the United States

    Question 2: “What about being in Philadelphia is a new experience for you”?

    American history, especially Colonial America, was one of my favorite subjects studied in high school. Philadelphia was a major part of that study. I had viewed various photos and drawings of Christ Church and had heard a lot about its rich history. So, I was excited to attend a church service there while in Philadelphia. As we reached the church that Sunday morning I was amazed at how the building seemed unchanged. The historic steeple commanded attention, just as it had in the photos and drawing. Having grown up in the Methodist church, I was accustomed to the “method” of the church. I was expecting a very traditional service rooted in ceremony.
    What I experienced at Christ Church was something I had never experienced before. The sanctuary was as I imagined with high ceilings and pillars. That is where my expectations stopped. The minister was female; some speculated homosexual. She spoke passionately about people. She argued that all lives matter and discussed how politics does and does not fit into that belief. I have never experienced such a contemporary and edgy church service. I loved the intensity, sincerity and relativity of what all she had to say. Sitting in such an historic pew I was blown away by the liberal approach to the service.
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  • Day3

    Front Step

    May 11, 2017 in the United States

    Question 4: “Describe one act of servant leadership that you have seen in Philadelphia.”

    I had my eyes opened to what servant leadership looks like in action. The leader of Front Step, Wesley Tink, was the most inspirational part of the trip for me. He personified the theory of building relationships with the people you serve. He has built such great relationships with the families in his neighborhoods that they have a deep respect for him. This immersion in the culture has helped him enable the people he serves to serve their neighborhoods as well. He has helped create a culture of family.
    His approach also embodies the selfless aspect of servant leadership. He actually lives in New Jersey yet has built this organization in Philadelphia, and it is a priority for him. The day he worked with us he left New Jersey the day after he had a death in the family because our service project was a priority to him. While we were working on neighborhood parks, he noticed some families in the neighborhood that needed help. So, he shifted gears and had us help those with specific needs. It was a seamless transition for him to survey the site and determine the biggest need.
    This was a great example of knowing the people you serve and being able to see the big picture. This helped me understand the difference between servant leadership and volunteering in your community. This leader did not just put in hours and leave. He was a part of the neighborhood he served and that helped him to lead.
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  • Day4

    Share

    May 12, 2017 in the United States

    Question 5
    “What have you learned about treating every job as an adventure?”

    Working with the SHARE organization was a different type of service work experience for me. The organization works tirelessly to pack boxes of necessities for those in need. These boxes included items such as: fruit juices, cereals, canned food and meats. There are different packages patrons can choose from. Our leadership team worked like a factory conveyer belt. Each of us was responsible for adding an item to the boxes.
    It was the first service experience I had had that required no thought, planning or creativity. To some that may seem like a dream job because it was so simple. However, it was the most difficult work I have done. That is how I learned the importance of making each job an adventure. One way we did this at this particular site was to set a goal of 1000 boxes packed. We worked hard and fast and encouraged each other to keep going so that we could make or beat the goal we set for ourselves.
    Although this was a small activity to do with our work, it made a big difference in the laborious task. It also made me realize that challenges and team work help to create this adventure we need to seek out in every job we do. Although packing the boxes did not require any great strength or talent from any of us, it required all of us to work together. In any job we approach, if we attack it as a team, think outside the box, and find ways to challenge ourselves, it will be an adventure.
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  • Day3

    Mural Mile

    May 11, 2017 in the United States

    Question 6
    “What are you hoping to learn about yourself as a leader on this trip?”
    When I left for Philadelphia my hope was to learn more about how to enhance the leadership areas I excel in and how to strengthen those areas that I am weaker in. Each service experience was different and I took away some insight from each one. I also learned things about myself and my team.
    However, it was during my field experience that it hit me. I was amazed by the mile of murals walk that we went on. So many important statements were made through the artwork. It was a mosaic painting that captured my attention and made a connection with me as a leader.
    The mosaic was made up of several picture tiles which were created from hundreds of pixels. Up close the details of the pixels were prominent. However, at a distance it was the ‘Big Picture’ the tiles of pixels came together to create that was in focus. That is how I see successful leadership. I am just one tile of pixels --- different strengths, talents, and ideas. As a successful leader I would surround myself with people made up of different strengths and talents that work together to create one unified vision. Some of those tiles will contain pixels that will challenge me, encourage me, and help me to enhance my leadership areas.
    What I learned is that in terms of murals and artwork, leadership can never be advanced through a self-portrait, something similar to a mosaic is much more productive.
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  • Day2

    Salvation Army

    May 10, 2017 in the United States

    Question 8:
    “Write about a Philadelphia leader.”
    The leaders we worked with were all very dynamic in who they are and how they serve. It is their humility that makes them such dynamic servant leaders. One of the leaders was a walking advertisement for her organization and her mission. Major Susan was our ‘hostess’ as we worked for the Philadelphia local Salvation Army.
    While we worked, Major Susan wore many hats: she hosted as she made us comfortable and assured we had what we needed; she instructed as she taught us about the mission of the Salvation Army. Beyond that, she was a leader and a servant.
    Our primary task at the Salvation Army was to sort toys and gifts for children. The toys and gifts were donated from the people of Philadelphia through various drop off centers in the city. We sorted those toys into different categories of boxes. Major Susan worked along with us.
    Major Susan spoke passionately about the mission and motto of the Salvation Army including “The Gift of Hope. Her passion came through in her teaching and in her service. The Salvation Army has an insignia of a red shield, that shield of hope. Major Susan wore a shirt that not only advertised what the organization what but also who she was as a leader. It read, ‘I am a shield.’ That is a great quality in a leader, she not only supports the mission of the organization, she lives and becomes the mission. What stood out to me about Major Susan is that she truly is that shield of hope for the children of Philadelphia. She is the Salvation Army.
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