My first meeting with Border Partners Mexican staff

Border Partners staff meal

Border Partners staff meal nourishes team spirit and accomplishment.

by Samantha Apodaca

We brought enchiladas, pie, and ideas to the table that Monday.

Being it was my first meeting, I watched and listened. I learned more of the inner-workings and interrelations of Border Partners and began to understand others’ roles and attributes. Integrating into the community that is Border Partners has been invigorating, in that there are new people to meet, new ideas to explore, and new knowledge to discover.

Juan Rascon sat between Peter Edmunds and me, translating between us and the promotoras. We talked about current projects, future projects, what we can do better – everyone was included and heard. Being apart of such a cohesive and cooperative group was inspiring. Capable, bright, determined people were sitting before me, all discussing how to better their community.

  • They laughed and joked about how spicy the food was,
  • they debated what seeds would best grow in the hot, dry Mexican climate,
  • they brainstormed how to get children more involved in community gardens.

Allowing for a time and space to discuss or vent, as Peter explained, was vital to keeping the energy alive in the organization.

After the First Meeting

first meeting border crossing line

After Samantha’s first Mexican staff meeting, she had a long line to cross back into the United States.

After having such wonderful afternoon, it seemed that Mexico didn’t want to see us go… a line several miles long was building as we approached the border. Peter and I saw that we were going to have to wait a few hours before getting home. BUT, we were crawling through the parade right on the main street of Palomas, making this the perfect opportunity to hop out of the car and take some photographs. Peter held down the fort while my camera led me through the streets.

All the sights, smells and sounds kept my intrigue sparked.

Every “hola” and bright smile made me enjoy and appreciate the long wait.

When we finally passed through the border, I looked in the rearview mirror, already longing for our next meeting…


All photos by Samantha that day are on our Border Partners Flickr account. 

SA’s First Mexican Staff Meeting

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