Kimberly Reed-Hyman

Kimberly is most proud of receiving buildOn's Global Citizen Impact award for her region. She is passionate about making sure children all have an equal opportunity to get the education they deserve, and she even spent two weeks in Malawi, Africa, helping to build the foundation for a school.


Breaking through the language Barrier

Working around a lot of little kids you only understand half of the time is a difficult thing to do. When I first started working at the day care and the older women would try to talk to me, I never understood them. Having that happen did get frustrating at times but it didn’t compare to the feelingI felt…

07 April, 2013

Saying Good-bye

I can truly say I have mixed emotions about leaving. Im happy I’m returning to Philly to see my friends and family´, but I also don’t want to leave the home and family I have here. I’m scared of how people will look at me when I leave, because I know how I am. I get really…

03 April, 2013

The Importance of Family

As the tears start to fall from my eyes, I try my best to hide the fact that I’m crying, but I’m doing a terrible job because my host mom is asking me what’s wrong. It’s a few days from Christmas and I’m at my first Ecuadorian family celebration. The family is here to glorify…

09 January, 2013

The process of getting settled in Ecuador

  “I can’t believe it, I’m finally here; my dream has become a reality.” That was the first thing I thought as I got off the plan from Miami. Honestly I didn’t know what I was in for, but I soon found out. Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was a lot like the U.S, except…

21 November, 2012

The Call of Adventure

Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to explore, see different places, and experience what else is out there in the world. Adventure called to me even at a young age, and now that I am old enough, I am ready to answer its call. I never knew why I had this urge, but something deep inside…

10 July, 2012

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