Caldwell Fellow Reflects on 4,500-Mile Hitchhike

October 11, 2010
By Cherry Crayton

As we reported in the Autumn 2010 issue of NC State magazine and previously on this blog, senior Saul Flores went to Ecuador in May for a weeklong service-learning trip as part of the Caldwell Fellows, a scholarship program founded by the Alumni Association. He spent the summer hitchhiking back to Charlotte, his hometown — traveling more than 4,500 miles through 10 countries. His purpose: to raise money to support a school in Atencingo, Mexico, his mother’s hometown. He documented his journey at, where he’s selling photos he took during the trip.

And now that he’s wrapped up his trip, he’s making the rounds and sharing with others his experiences on the journey, including speaking with the Bulletin, NC State’s faculty/staff newspaper, in the video below:

He’s also speaking to a number of campus organizations. The Bulletin reports:

Last week Flores launched his speaking tour in the Witherspoon Student Center, where he made a 90-minute presentation and accepted the Role Model Leaders Award from CSLEPS, the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics & Public Service. Flores is the first student to receive the award, which has been given annually for 24 years.

On Thursday, Oct. 14, he heads to Chapel Hill, where he’s speaking at the University of North Carolina as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. The event, which begins at 7 p.m., will be held in the Nelson Mandela auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, Flores will participate as one of nine speakers at the TEDxNCSU event in the ballroom of the Talley Student Center. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. That evening, he headlines the 15th annual Latino Diamante Awards at 6 p.m. at the Durham Marriott Convention Center.


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