I wrote a blogpost about my experience during GCI 2014 which was published on Google Open Source Blog
If you asked a friend of mine to associate me with a word, he would probably choose "computer." I got my first computer when I was 13 years old, and since then, I have learned more about this machine's world. Due to my early beginning, I am usually the youngest at events related to computer science: the youngest at hackathons, the youngest exponent, the youngest mentor at the Google Code-in 2015 Summit, etc. Computers have contributed in the most important experiences of my life, from participation in national contests to free! trips to foreign countries.
Back in 2014, I volunteered as the Director of Partnerships for the TESLA organization, which provided rural schools with scientific activities. During this experience I discovered my interest in education, thus I have participated in many educational activities since then. My most important contributions were the projects I coordinated in the Central Department of Paraguay, which included Central Trilingüe—a project to offer English classes through an online platform—and Innova Central—an initiative to ignite interest in science which concluded with projects presented in a science fair.
I started with Open Source Development when I met the Drupal community in Google Code-in 2014. Since then, I have actively contributed with the community. My main contributions are part of the Drupal Social Initiative for the Social API project and its components. I also mentored students from Google Code-in (GCI) 2015 and Google Code-in 2016 to introduce them to Drupal.
I enjoy giving presentations. I like sharing my experience and knowledge with others. I have given many talks but never repeated a single topic and have spoken on a variety of subjects ranging from personal stories to scholarships. Once I was invited as a speaker at Gramo, a variation of Ted talks developed by Paraguayan entrepeneurs.
Seriously, I must emphasize that I enjoy learning. I love enrolling in online classes through platform such as edX, Coursera, and FutureLearn; indeed, I have taken 20+ classes in different subjects. I have also watched 1500+ hours of videotutorials about programming on youtube. Did I mention that I have watched more than 1600 videos on Khan Academy?
I am interested in a variety of fields, thus I have helped in numerous organizations which focus on different types of issues. Volunteering is not an act of altruism at all. In fact, everytime I volunteer, I receive more than what I give. Through volunteering, I have made many friends, found a sense of purpose,and felt happy! Most importantly, through volunteer activities I have developed my relationship skills.