Okay. Maybe I have a horrible sense of humor.
It’s weird. I’ve been meaning to write this review forever. But you see, if you were a part of Winterline, you’d understand completely why I keep putting this off. I mean, how are you supposed to put something so indescribably monumental into a few words. If you’re reading this because you’re wondering if Winterline is right for you, then let me just be the over-enthusiast (the kind I used to scorn before) says, “Go and sign up right now.”
Winterline was a truly amazing time-nine months of travelling, and I was bound to have some pretty interesting stories. I could tell you about the time we went bungee jumping, cooked thai food, got scuba certified, had a wine-tasting class and so many other cool things. ( You probably already know that from the website.) But there is so much more that goes on when you’re out in the world with fifteen other individuals. You discover how much you love your old hobbies, find new passions, connect with people you would never hang out with, laugh, sometimes cry, and grow. You’ll find out that there are certain things that you will never do again,like feeding hungry pigs. And you’ll find other moments that will leave you speechless such as sunsets in Monteverde or the ridiculously delicious food in Vermont or the pride you feel after you build an actual tiny house.
I know that going on this trip was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I’ve always been wary of volunteer trips or other programs that seem to push every cliché my way but this trip was different. It wasn’t all sunshine. It was rough at times, hilarious at times, challenging, fun... and genuine. I have a ton of photos, a few more stamps on my passport but the most valuable thing from this trip is that I have some great stories. So…Yeah. I know a lot of times, we put emphasis on learning, growing, self-discovery and you’ll have that, it’ll be different for each individual in this trip, but I can assure you one thing, it’ll be fun. Do this program because yes, it’s pretty great on resumes, expands your cultural horizons and teaches you skills but mostly do it for the experience. You’ll go to college, you’ll get jobs but those nine months will be something that you’ll keep for the rest of your life. Because years from now, you can say, “Hey, remember that time in Spain?” and nothing else and still you’ll have fourteen and a half or so friends who’ll laugh with you and say, “Yep”.
(P.S I’m sorry this turned out to be less of a review and more of a go-join-Winterline blurb but it's midnight and I refuse to rewrite this.)