Hola from Caracas! We are nearing the end of our time here in Venezuela and I am certain each of us will bring back memories that speak of the unique and powerful experiences we have had in the past month.
For me, seeing El Sistema at the source has been incredibly inspiring. It has given me a different sense about what is possible, and has reaffirmed my belief in the power of music to break barriers, but on a much wider scale than I could have imagined.
This trip has also demystified the “magic” of El Sistema a little, and from long conversations with many brilliant people here with the essence of El Sistema at the core of their being, I have discovered that so much of its success is about having a vision, and a concrete plan (with some Latin American flexibility of course), and then working relentlessly to pursue it.
I have come away from this experience with renewed conviction that when you find something you love to do, and you do it out of a love for the people you are serving, amazing things can happen.
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Sistema Fellow '14