I’ve been living in Salvador, Brazil for six months now. Although my primary CCS service placement is teaching at a community preschool, I also sometimes visit a nonprofit organization in Salvador that works with AIDS patients and individuals who are seropositive for HIV.
One of my first days there, another volunteer, Alexander, and I are asked to shave the hair of the patients. It is my first time cutting hair, and the results quickly reveal that fact. Help comes in the form of a patient who used to cut hair on the streets. He teaches us patiently how to hold the razor and guide with our wrist.