The summer entering my junior of college I pushed myself to travel across the globe with complete strangers to spend a few weeks both teaching English but also to obtain my TEFL certification. I knew I wanted to embark on this journey but I had no idea what that really entailed. To my great surprise I had the time of my life. The staff supported me and the group I was with the entire time. From dealing with culture shock to overall adjustment the staff was right by our sides the entire time. They helped us become the teachers we always wanted to me. The hands on experience in the classroom was something I would have never been able to receive in the USA. Having a classroom of 25 second grade Thai students who had never practiced English at all was a huge task. But with my new found friends by my side and my teacher encouraging me and giving helpful hints, it was the most rewarding experience of my life. I love the outdoors so being able to live with and for the people in Ban Lao completed my experience. From soccer games in the mud to helping farmers plant their fields I made unbreakable connections with the people I encountered. If I could go back right now I would, no hesitations at all. Loop Abroad was so wonderful and helped me achieve my dreams.