By Astrid (January 30, 2015)
We are now back in the land of snow and it’s hard to believe that only two days ago we woke up on a beach where a jacket was not needed and the black lava sand burned the bottom of your feet. Now a jacket and snow boots are a necessity and the hot sand a memory.
The three weeks in Guatemala flew by –more so than on the past field programs I’ve participated in. Guatemala charmed me with its cobblestone streets, delicious food, and friendly people. Besides being a completely different culture, something else about Guatemala was different from the past two trips to Latin America I have experienced with Link.
I don’t actually know what it was – maybe I was “yoloing” it, maybe being the student leader made me look at the trip differently, or maybe some other factor – but whatever it was I am grateful for it because it allowed me to immerse myself in the experience more than in the past. I willingly spoke more Spanish than in the past with more confidence, more success and less tears.
As the student leader I was always looking for ways to serve the group, whether it was making sure everyone was present as we headed out or leading the group up a volcano. Three in that role weeks seemed daunting at first, but it turned out to be enjoyable. To be sure there were times when it was challenging, nevertheless a step at a time each obstacle was overcome.
I am grateful for everything that I experience, learned and accomplished while in Guatemala.
Until next year–Vaya con Dios.