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AROUND THE WORLD


Annemarie Barrett (BA ’12), bottom right, with some of the friends she’s made while serving as a lay missioner in Bolivia.


PHOTO COURTESY OF ANNEMARIE BARRETT


SCHOOL OF C0MMUNICATION Immersed in service Annemarie Barrett (BA ’12) has found a second home in Bolivia / BY ANNA GAYNOR


volunteer abroad was planted after a study-abroad experience in El Salvador. From those four months in Central America—and with some help from Loyola’s Campus Ministry office—Barrett decided upon the Franciscan Mission Service after graduation.


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fter spending three years as a lay missioner in Bolivia, working and learning alongside the locals in her community, Annemarie Barrett (BA ’12) still thinks her biggest accomplishment might just be the decision to come to South America in the first place. The St. Paul, Minnesota native’s desire to


Not only was the School of Communication graduate thrilled by


the opportunity to head to Bolivia, she also found inspiration in the organization’s approach. It focuses on getting to know locals and fol- lowing their lead on what work needs to be done. That meant Barrett traveled to Bolivia with no firm job in place. “My first six months to my first year here were focused on rela-


tionship building and getting connected with people in the local community—and then some of that involved getting connected to local work that was already happening,” she says. “I was doing a lot of listening and a lot observing in the first year, and from there I took on a support role.”


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