In terms of personal development, the opportunity to develop our teaching and to teach abroad, leading to a teaching qualification at the end of the experience was just the 'cherry on top of the cake'.
It was amazing to see how differently these children viewed their education compared to what we were more accustomed to back home. When we first arrived at Araura College, the children and staff instantly made us feel welcome and I personally felt 'at home' immediately despite being about as far away from home as it was possible to be.
The children really looked up to us, I formed several excellent relationships with them and when the day came to say goodbye, I knew that it was going to be emotional and it certainly was. Their kindness, their generosity and perhaps most 'eye-opening' of all, the fact that even though they had so much less than we do, they were always so happy and I can't express just how refreshing it was to see that.
Word had quickly spread around the island about who we were and what we were doing and we quickly became like A-list celebrities where everyone, even strangers we hadn't previously met before outside of the school we were working at would recognize who we were and what we were doing, thanking us for educating the children, it was quite a surreal experience actually - but in a really good way!
If you like working with children, I can promise you that you will form plenty of amazing friendships with these children. I will not forget them anytime soon and I don't think they will forget us either. I had countless children asking me to come back again in the future and hopefully, I will be lucky enough to share the experience all over again!