A Brand New School Ready for Class!

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Last Tuesday when we arrived in Mexico, I had no idea what to expect and how much this trip would change my perspective on so many things. Now, on the final day, I can take a moment to look back and let the trip sink in. I learned so much more in these last 10 days than some will ever learn in a lifetime, and I feel so privileged to have had this chance. Not only did I learn about poverty and the ways I can help, I learned about and experienced a new culture and what seems like a whole new world.Getting to work along side the Mexican people blew me away. Their willingness to help was incredible. Day after day we had women, children, and fathers on the work site constantly looking for some way to help us build. Even after a long day of work in the fields, they were there. Their perseverance and dedication was truly inspiring. I got to see first hand how much of an impact a school makes for a community in Mexico. Having an education and a chance to go to school is not taken lightly here. The enthusiasm shown by the kids towards school is a definite contrast to the way we, in Canada, treat our school system. It was quite refreshing to see how important and valuable an education is to everyone here.Along with learning about the values of the Mexican people, I learned a lot about my own values. Before coming on this trip I never thought I would do something like a Hero Holiday. It didn’t occur to me that I could make such a difference by just stepping out of my comfort zone and trying something new. And little did I know, that I would step out of one comfort zone into a whole new way of thinking.If I had to pick a feeling or emotion that stood out the most in the last week, I would have to say my sense of accomplishment was overwhelming. Seeing a whole school go from the ground up and knowing I was a part of that was amazing. Not only being part of the building but being a part of bringing such a blessing to so many families is where I find the biggest sense of accomplishment. This trip was more than I could have ever asked for it to be.It was such a privilege to do my part and I will never forget a moment of it.~ Anna

Author: LiveDifferent

Date: March 23rd, 2010