This trip meant the world to me and made me see the world differently and made me feel more grateful for the things I do have instead of taking them for granted.
This trip meant for me a chance to explore a new country. It will have a lasting impact on me, and I had a great experience.
Entering Nicaragua, I had a strong idea of what I would expect - rampant poverty, lack of education and even havoc. Yet the people I met while working in the community and communicated with on the street held a level of positivity that I had never seen before. In the face of poverty, the Nicaraguans who I encountered had a stronger outlook on their lives and communities than many living at home.
This experience will ultimately make me value my family and community. The children were absolutely wonderful, as well.
This trip really opened my eyes to how people in a third world country lived. Many Americans believe that these people are automatically unhappy because of the situation they are in, but that isn't necessarily the case. Many find happiness in what they have, their communities, and their families.
It amazed me to see that these people were much happier than the ones that live in America because they aren't materialistic. Because of this, my attitude towards life has completely changed. I look more to what I have than what I don't have.
This trip was my first dive into a world that only really existed in TV or books. Once you see the reality of things, you respond to them in afferent ways. I plan on doing more and more things to help anyone less fortunate than me in any way possible. They are just people - born into tougher circumstances than my own.
Loved it! Want to return!
It changed my perspective on life and my sense of community. This will definitely have a lasting impact on me, I will never forget this. Also, Mina and Chamba were the nicest and most welcoming people I have ever met in my life.
This trip meant a lot to me. I’m thankful I was able to have first-hand experience to what other people have to overcome to live. I think my attitude towards the little things like water and food have changed and I’m responsible for doing my part to save it. I think it will have a life lasting experience because I was able to see it myself and know the reality. I want to be able to travel again and help others.
I am forever changed by this trip because it has opened my eyes to how large the world is, and how many people need help. I am motivated to give back to the world more to show my appreciation for whatever placed me in such fortunate circumstances.
This trip has and probably will be the highlight of my life. My whole outlook and thoughts about life have completely changed. It's different than when you see things on television and when your parents tell you things. I'm just so much more grateful for everything I have. I knew before trip I wanted to help people and make a difference but now I'm positive that I was put on this earth to help people and make a difference in other people's lives.