Before beginning medical school, I chose to explore parts of South America in the capacity of a servant to issues that moved my soul to action. Projects that commanded my pro-active stance were: environmental conservation, preservation of indigenous cultures, and healthcare in the developing world. I volunteered in conservation efforts in an inter-Andean forest in Ecuador, for an organization promoting protection of indigenous peoples of the Amazon, and at a childrens rehabilitation clinic in Peru. After months of travel, I returned to my world of familiars deeply touched by these aspects of our global society and the magical people and landscapes impacted by their broad reach. I returned amazed at the diversity of our planet and empowered by the tenacity of human bonds. The humble words I share here came from a journal excerpt sent via electronic lines from Peru to my loved ones.