For participants of the 2013 Spring Trip, Guatemala is now a reality. On April 6th, they departed on the culminating experience of all the learning, volunteering and fundraising that they have been a part of for the past months.
I know how excited and anxious I would be if I were going to Guatemala, but to get some insight into how the participants feel, I checked back in with Fiona Carlile (see Spring Trip is Right Around the Corner) to see how she felt just before embarking on her trip.
Q: As the trip gets closer, what are you excited about? Anything new?
Fiona: I’m still excited about the same things, but everything just feels more real now. I’m excited to build relationships with everyone involved in the trip.
Q: Again, as the trips draws near, what are you nervous about?
Fiona: I don’t want to look so American. I want to work alongside the people there and not just fix things.
Q: How have you grown and developed personally over the span of the program so far?
Fiona: My views have definitely changed. Originally I thought we were going to just help the people in Guatemala but now I know that we are there to work with them. I also have a lot more confidence in myself.
Q: Have you made any lasting personal changes because of the program?
Fiona: I feel like the way that I view other people has changed. I used to judge other people, but now I make sure that I don’t because no one deserves to be judged.
It’s incredible to see just how much can change in a person can be seen in such a short amount of time. I know I’m excited to see how the work and learning that will happen in Guatemala will continue to shape these incredible youth, and I’m sure you are as well. We will be checking in with our participants during the trip and for a follow up after, so don’t forget to come back for the next Spring Trip installment on the GV Blog! Find us on Facebook and look for photos soon!