My spanish teacher talked about, but not to in depth, of AMIGOS. I heard traveling and I was instantly hooked. I had never traveled outside of the U.S. except to Mexico to visit family.
Growing up I always heard stories about my mother's traveling experiences and I too wanted that so i figured this was my opportunity to do this and fulfill this dream of mine. I proceeded to attend the very last information meeting the chapter was having and after hearing what the program offered I wanted in!
After almost 6 months of training and hearing past volunteers stories of their trips I was all way too excited and nervous for my turn. I spent 2 months in the Dominican Republic and I can't explain what an amazing and fulfilling summer I had. I can easily say it has been the best thing that I have been through. I came back ten times more independent, confident, responsible and mature.
I was so impacted by my trip and so in love with the program that I decided to come back as a training director for the Phoenix chapter. I want to get these new volunteers excited for their summer like my training director got me! They have absolutely no clue of what an amazing experience they are about to get into and seeing them come back completely changed and in love with their summer will be the best reward.