My favorite travel memory would have to be my second Baci ceremony in the community of Sop Chem, which is where a majority of GIVE's volunteer projects are. At the time I had just began my work with GIVE in Southeast Asia as an intern. When the Baci ceremony began, the entire community came from their homes to pay respect and give thanks to our volunteers.
I felt a feeling of gratitude that I had never felt before. Although I had been having the time of my life over the past weeks while working on our project site, connecting with our awesome volunteers, or forging the beginning of lifelong relationships with the community members, it all hit me as the community came up to me and tied bracelets on the wrists of myself and the rest of our group. Sitting their and watching the smiles of the locals and teary-eyes of our group filled me with emotions that no other trip has ever provided me.