I was fortunate to assist at a nonprofit school, and learn a great deal of what the children and their families experience on the daily. I realized just by the volunteers being there to help, was a huge deal. The teachers I worked with said the school needs volunteers like me there in order for the program to properly function. It felt good to know what little I thought I was doing, made a huge difference far beyond my understanding. A teaching staff of 6 women would have a difficult time instructing 75-100 kids if not for the volunteers sent by Cross-Cultural Solutions.
Laughter and good spirits masked the daily encounters the natives of Salvador experienced in such impoverished conditions. It was a pleasing sight to see how happy everyone was there. I learned most things we take for granted, they experience it like its their last. CCS educated us on Brazilian culture and allowed us to experience it first hand. It was an amazing experience, and one I shall carry with me forever.