Posts by Ashley-Portillo

Ashley Portillo is a local and global volunteer committed to service and community development. A recent Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, she taught English in the Philippines and is working on creating a non-profit that will be an extension of her work in the province where she was stationed.

What to Do When It Seems Like Your World Is Falling Apart

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” ~Mary Anne Radmacher

The moment I gave thanks to the universe for placing me in the Philippines and giving me the courage to pursue a happy life of simplicity and love…

That very moment, riding on the back of a motorcycle, the wind rustling my hair and cooling me down from the sweaty heat that envelops the Philippines, a truck smashed into my left leg and shattered my knee.

Choosing to leave for the Peace Corps program in