When I left for Honduras, I had the mindset that I would make an impact on someone's life down there. Little did I know, someone would make such an impact on my life. It wasn't just one person but a combination of everyone there. Everyone down there was so kind. They all have a past but they don;t let that hinder them. They learn to forgive and forget and to live each day to the fullest. You never know when your last day on Earth will be so live each day as a mini-adventure.
I was told that I had a beautiful smile and that I should show it every day. I lived by that in Honduras. I was constantly smiling down there! The scenery is beautiful, the people are beautiful, and the attitudes are beautiful. There was a man we met that had came illegally into the US and worked for a while. He came back to Honduras and said that he was the richest man in the world because he had his family and was able to provide for them. Americans are very materialistic without knowing that they are. I didn't realize how much I relied on my phone until it wouldn't work. I was thankful to be disconnected for a while!
I hope to go back to Honduras next summer to see all of my new friends. Luis, in my picture, became my best friend in the matter of 7 days. He taught me that you need to love with all you've got. You don't need money to be happy. Put others first. Just a smile can brighten someone's day. Luis made such an impact on me and I hope that I left
The students and faculty who traveled together to Honduras for a service-learning course wrote about our adventures on this blog, both during and after our travels.